Folk Roots Radio Episode 490: In Conversation with… Bill Garrett

Folk Roots Radio Episode 490: feat. Bill Garrett in Conversation

We’re giving over the whole of Episode 490 of Folk Roots Radio to a fabulous in-depth conversation with Bill Garrett who sat down us at the 2019 Folk Music Ontario conference to talk about his long career in music and the development of the wonderful boutique folk music record label Borealis Records. We wrap up the conversation with music from Bill Garrett, Bill Garrett & Sue Lothrop, Naming The Twins, Durham County Poets and Shelley Posen. Check out the full playlist below.


Bill Garrett has been involved in the music business for over 40 years. Starting out as a singer-songwriter, Bill went on to work at the CBC for 18 years, co-hosting Sylvia Tyson’s folk program Touch the Earth and later producing The Entertainers and Six Days on the Road with musician-host David Essig. Since leaving the CBC in the mid-1990s, Bill has produced more than 75 folk, blues and jazz recordings and in 1996 founded Borealis Records with fellow musicians Grit Laskin, Paul Mills and Ken Whiteley. Bill Garrett is also part of a wonderful folk duo with partner Sue Lothrop. Bill Garrett sat down with Folk Roots Radio at the 2019 Folk Music Ontario conference for an in-depth conversation about his career in music.

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

Bill Garrett & Sue Lothrop
Red Shoes
Red Shoes (2003, Borealis Records) CDN

Interview: Bill Garrett discussing his career in music, and the development of Borealis Records.

Bill Garrett
Northshore Train
Bill Garrett (1979) (Re-release 2015, Borealis Records) CDN

Bill Garrett & Sue Lothrop
No More Fish
Red Shoes (2003, Borealis Records) CDN

Bill Garrett & Sue Lothrop
That’s How The Summer Slips Away
Red Shoes (2003, Borealis Records) CDN

Naming The Twins
Sing The Winter Away
Sing The Winter Away (2018, Duet Right Records) CDN

Durham County Poets
The Moon Won’t Go Down
Hand Me Down Blues (2019, Self) CDN

Shelley Posen
The Best Song I’ve Ever Written
Ontario Moon (2019, Well Done Music) 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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