Folk Roots Radio Episode 465: feat. Skydiggers & More New Releases

Folk Roots Radio Episode 465: feat. Skydiggers & More New Releases

Josh Finlayson and Andy Maize have been making music together as Skydiggers, with a variety of musical compadres, for nearly 30 years. Josh Finlayson joins us on Episode 465 of Folk Roots Radio to chat about Skydiggers new album “Let’s Get Friendship Right”, the follow-up to the critically acclaimed “Warmth of the Sun” from 2017. The development of Let’s Get Friendship Right came out of a desire to use music as therapy to cope with the passing of several friends and family members. Music can be great medicine for what ails you, especially when faced with life’s challenges. Let’s Get Friendship Right is a great album, and it’s an excellent interview – we hope you’ll stay with us to check it out. We also take a look at more of the latest new releases, and this time around we hear from The New Customs, Bryan McPherson, Noah Derksen, Sultans of String, Natalie MacMaster, Jennis and Gathering Sparks. Check out the full playlist below.


Skydiggers new album Let’s Get Friendship Right was originally intended to reflect on the five stages of grief (denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance) before developing into something much more. The core of the songs came out of a songwriting retreat that Josh and Andy took at the wonderful Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. Let’s Get Friendship Right, which features nine new songs, was recorded at The Tragically Hip’s The Bathouse Studio with engineer/producer Nyles Spencer, with support from Peter von Althen (percussion) and Aaron Comeau (guitar/bass/keyboards).

For more information about Skydiggers and their upcoming tour dates, visit Photo: Heather Pollock.

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

The New Customs
Selling Religion On Government Street
Selling Religion On Government Street (2019, Self) CDN

Bryan McPherson
Ghost Of My Hometown
King’s Corner (2019, OFD Records)

Noah Derksen
Land Of The Free
America, Dreaming(2019, Self) CDN

Sultans of String
I Am A Refugee (feat. Ifrah Mansour)
Refuge (2019, Self) CDN

Natalie MacMaster
I Can’t Make You Love Me
Sketches (2019, Linus Entertainment) CDN

If I’m Spared
Let’s Get Friendship Right (2019, Latent Recordings)

Interview: Josh Finlayson from Skydiggers chats about their latest album “Let’s Get Friendship Right”.

Let’s Get Friendship Right (2019, Latent Recordings)

Questions Of Love
Let’s Get Friendship Right (2019, Latent Recordings)

Get Up Stand Up
The Mirror (2019, Self) CDN

Gathering Sparks
Many Sparks Make A Fire
All That’s Real (2019, Borealis Records) CDN

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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