Folk Roots Radio Episode 480: feat. Leela Gilday & More New Releases

Folk Roots Radio Episode 480: feat. Leela Gilday & More New Releases

Yellowknife based indigenous singer-songwriter Leela Gilday joins us on Episode 480 of Folk Roots Radio to chat about her great fifth album “North Star Calling” which was inspired by a need for self-empowerment, facing your fears, and living with courage, boldness and joy. North Star Calling is a fabulous recording, and Leela Gilday is always a great interview. We also include new music from Doug McArthur, Stephen Fearing, Miranda Mulholland, Sam Weber, The Red River Ramblers, Bobtown, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen and Jessica Rhaye and the Ramshackle Parade. Check out the full playlist below.


North Star Calling, the new album from Leela Gilday (produced by Hill Kourkoutis) explores two themes that are often found in Leela Gilday’s songwriting – a deep connection to the land, and the beauty and draw of the north. It’s also an album about healing. According to Leela, true healing is not just about the absence of pain or addictions, although those are significant – it is about celebration, it is complicated, it is about weaving the fabric of the years of your own life into a beautiful blanket to hold you and ground you. It is about letting go of expectation and opening new eyes on the world around you.

For more information about the music of Leela Gilday, visit


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

Doug McArthur
The Morning I Left Galway
The Horses Of The Sea (2019, Self) CDN

Stephen Fearing
No Country
The Unconquerable Past (2019, Fearing and Loathing Music) CDN

Miranda Mulholland
Old Churchyard
By Appointment or Chance (2019, Roaring Girl Records) CDN

Sam Weber
Everything Comes True
Everything Comes True (2019, Sonic Unyon Records) CDN

The Red River Ramblers
Whiskey Before Breakfast
Métis Fiddle Music (2019, Self) CDN

Leela Gilday
Keintah Naste Ju
North Star Calling (2019, Self) CDN

Interview: Leela Gilday discussing her latest album “North Star Calling”.

Leela Gilday
North Star Calling (2019, Self) CDN

Leela Gilday
Falling Stars
North Star Calling (2019, Self) CDN

American Girl
Chasing the Sun (2019, Self)

Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen
Rikki Don’t Lose That Number
If You Can’t Stand The Heat (2018, Fiddlemon Music / Compass Records)

Jessica Rhaye and the Ramshackle Parade
It’s All Over Now Baby Blue
Just Like A Woman – Songs Of Bob Dylan (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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