Folk Roots Radio Episode 492: feat. The Red River Ramblers & More New Releases

Folk Roots Radio Episode 492: feat. The Red River Ramblers & More New Releases

The Red River Ramblers are an Ontario based trio dedicated to the revival of Manitoba Métis Fiddle music – which brings together the rhythmic spirit of the First Nations peoples, with a blend of both the Scottish and French fiddle traditions. Douglas Richard Sinclair, a Métis musician with roots in the Red River Settlement, joins us on Episode 492 of Folk Roots Radio to chat about the band and their music. We also take a look at more of the latest new releases, and this time around we hear from 100 Mile House, Grace Potter, Lynne Hanson, Rod Abernethy, Artists for Peace & Justice (feat. Jackson Browne), Rumour Mill and Forest Sun. Check out the full playlist below.


The Red River Ramblers feature Douglas Richard Sinclair on Métis banjo and guitar, Stephen Dayfoot on hand drum, spoons and assorted percussion, and new band member Nathan Smith on fiddle. Pierre Arsenault played fiddle on the band’s eight track debut “Métis Fiddle Music”, which was recorded in Toronto with John Dinsmore at Lincoln County Social Club.

For more information about The Red River Ramblers, and their upcoming live dates, visit


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

100 Mile House
Worth The Wait
Love and Leave You (2020, Fallen Tree Records) CDN

Grace Potter
Love Is Love
Daylight (2019, Fantasy Records / Concord) CDN

Lynne Hanson
Higher Ground
Just Words (2020, Self) CDN

Rod Abernethy
Lucky Seven
The Man I’m Supposed To Be [Disc 2] (2018, Songs From Downstairs Records)

The Red River Ramblers
Wigwam Polka
Métis Fiddle Music (2020, Self) CDN

Interview: Douglas Richard Sinclair from The Red River Ramblers chatting about their music.

The Red River Ramblers
Red River Jig
Métis Fiddle Music (2020, Self) CDN

The Red River Ramblers
Louis Riel Reel
Métis Fiddle Music (2020, Self) CDN

The Red River Ramblers
Chanson De La Grenouilliere
Métis Fiddle Music (2020, Self) CDN

Artists for Peace & Justice
Love Is Love (feat. Jackson Browne)
Let Rhythm Lead: Haiti Song Summit Vol 1 (2020, Arts Music)

Rumour Mill
Gone With The Wine E.P. (2020, Self) CDN

Forest Sun
Where Is My Home?
(single) (2020, Self)

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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