Folk Roots Radio Episode 458: feat. Tragedy Ann & More New Releases

Folk Roots Radio Episode 458: feat. Tragedy Ann & More New Releases

Liv Cazzola and Braden Phelan join us on Episode 458 of Folk Roots Radio to chat about the sweet music they make together as duo Tragedy Ann. If you recognize the name Cazzola, that’s because Liv and sister Anita, are leaders of Guelph art.folk collective The Lifers – and Braden Phelan is a guitarist in that band. As Tragedy Ann, Liv and Braden have great chemistry and a wonderful gentle humour. They’re now charming listening rooms across Canada with their folky mix of beautiful harmonies, ukulele, accordion and guitar. We hooked up with Tragedy Ann just before they set out on a tour of Northern Ontario, Manitoba and Saskatchewan. It was a great conversation, and definitely well worth checking out. We also take a look at more of the latest new releases and this time around we hear from Rising Appalachia, James Gordon, Paper Beat Scissors, Our Native Daughters (Rhiannon Giddens, Amythyst Kiah, Leyla McCalla, Allison Russell), James Hill & Anne Janelle, The Rails, Den Of Ashes and Michael McDermott. Check out the full playlist below.


Tragedy Ann picked up two Songs from the Heart awards at the 2018 Folk Music Ontario conference – Blues: “Neon & Velour” (Liv Cazzola & Braden Phelan) and Humorous: “Snooze” (Braden Phelan) from their first full length album “Matches”, produced by James Paul, in 2018.

For more information, and details about all their upcoming tour dates, visit Photo: Alex Lam.

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Nicolas & The Iceni (Theme)
Lucy She Rises
Roll Right (2019, self)

Rising Appalachia
Speak Out (feat. Ani DiFranco)
Leylines (2019, Come To Life)

James Gordon
Fall And Rise
The Heritage Hall Sessions (2019, Borealis Records) CDN

Paper Beat Scissors
Half Awake
Parallel Line (2019, Forward) CDN

Our Native Daughters (Rhiannon Giddens, Amythyst Kiah, Leyla McCalla, Allison Russell)
Music and Joy
Songs Of Our Native Daughters (2019, Smithsonian Folkways)

James Hill & Anne Janelle
Assam – Like A Bird
Many A Moon (2019, Borealis Records) CDN

Tragedy Ann
One In Two
Matches (2018, Self) CDN

Interview: Tragedy Ann discussing their music and tour of Northern Ontario, Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

Tragedy Ann
Matches (2018, Self) CDN

Tragedy Ann
The Light We Have
Matches (2018, Self) CDN

The Rails
Something Is Slipping My Mind
Cancel The Sun (2019, Thirty Tigers)

Den Of Ashes
California (2019, Starry Eyed Records)

Michael McDermott
Givin’ Up The Ghost
Orphans (2018, Pauper Sky Records)

About the author


Host of Folk Roots Radio, Jan Hall started in Radio in 1993 at WEFT 90.1fm in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois. Folk Roots Radio (formerly Royal City Rag) debuted on CFRU 93.3fm in August 2005 before developing into a syndicated radio show. As the host of Folk Roots Radio, Jan focuses on bringing new folk, roots and blues music and the voices of upcoming and independent artists to the airwaves. Jan is also a much sought after stage host and festival emcee. In 2019, Jan Hall received Folk Music Ontario's prestigious Estelle Klein Award for her contribution to Ontario's folk music community.

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