Folk Roots Radio Episode 469: feat. Big Little Lions & More New Releases

Folk Roots Radio Episode 469: feat. Big Little Lions & More New Releases

Helen Austin and Paul Otten make music together as Big Little Lions. They join us on Episode 469 of Folk Roots Radio to chat about their sixth album “Inside Voice” – fourteen songs that take as their theme the issue of mental health with songs about dementia, depression and anxiety. It’s a great album, and Helen and Paul are always a great interview. We also check out new music from Hannah Connolly, Lizanne Knott, Lori Lynne Johnson, Anna Ludlow, The Fitzgeralds and Don Brownrigg. Check out the full playlist below.


Big Little Lions, the wonderfully prolific folk pop duo featuring Helen Austin from Vancouver Island, and Paul Otten from Cincinnati, have released a great new album “Inside Voice” that features fourteen songs that take their theme from issues in relation to our mental health that while thoughtful and reflective, still leave the listener feeling optimistic and hopeful for the future. Helen and Paul consistently crank out fabulously addictive folk pop songs that are jam-packed with emotion along with tight harmonies that really sound like they are produced by two people working closely side-by-side rather than thousands of miles apart.

Big Little Lions picked up a JUNO for their music in 2014, and the Canadian Folk Music Award for Ensemble of the Year in 2015. They also have a fabulous live show, that always sounds much bigger than the two multi-instrumentalists on stage – Paul playing drums, bass and keyboard all while singing lead vocals while Helen, sings, plays guitar and foot percussion.

For more information about the music of Big little Lions and upcoming tour dates, visit


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

Hannah Connolly
From Where You Are
(single) (2019, Self)

Lizanne Knott
Bones And Gravity (2019, Self)

Lori Lynne Johnson
Heartache & Healing (2019, Warm Apple Pie Music) CDN

Anna Ludlow
Deep Dark Mine
Wherever You Go (2019, Self) CDN

The Fitzgeralds
Garage Band Guru
The Fitzgeralds 2 (2019, Self) CDN

Big Little Lions
Here We Go Again
Inside Voice (2019, AntiFragile) CDN

Interview: Helen Austin and Paul Otten discussing Big Little Lions new album “Inside Voice”.

Big Little Lions
Lonely Blue
Inside Voice (2019, AntiFragile) CDN

Big Little Lions
I Can Have It All
Inside Voice (2019, AntiFragile) CDN

Don Brownrigg
My Way
Fireworks (2019, Self) 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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