Folk Roots Radio Episode 495: feat. Ken Dunn & More New Releases

Folk Roots Radio Episode 495: feat. Ken Dunn & More New Releases

Ken Dunn is a modern day traveling troubadour giving social and environmental issues a voice in song, while reminding us to keep our loved ones and peace at the forefront of this precious life. No stranger to Folk Roots Radio, the singer-songwriter from Gibsons BC often travels and plays with partner Anna Green, but he was flying solo when he joined us in the studio for a wonderful chat about his music and 2019 live album, “Live in L.A.”. Ken also played a few songs live for us. We’re pleased to bring that interview to you as part of Episode 495 of Folk Roots Radio. We also take a listen to more of the latest new releases, and this time around we hear from Corin Raymond, Don Bray, Manitoba Hal, Poor Man’s Gambit, Andrew Bird and Che Apalache. Check out the full playlist below.


Ken Dunn’s eighth album, “Live in L.A.” was recorded at an impromptu gig at Kulak’s Woodshed in North Hollywood with proceeds going towards L.A. Family Housing support for those struggling with homelessness in the greater Los Angeles area.

The songs on the album reflect on homelessness, peace, and social challenges as well as love – all things desperately needed in today’s world. The song “Tahlequah” tells the story of a mother orca who carried the lifeless body of her young for two weeks before finally releasing the baby to the deep.

According to Ken, the song reminds us that not only human beings have precious lives – our planet and all its inhabitants need to be protected and loved. Sadly, there are now only 75 resident orcas in the Salish Sea near Ken in British Columbia.

For more information about the music of Ken Dunn visit


You can listen to this episode again on Soundcloud by following the link below. You can also listen to episodes of Folk Roots Radio, on demand, via Apple Podcasts, Stitcher and Tune-in Radio. (Click on the highlighted link to reach your chosen platform.)


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

Corin Raymond
Rec Room
Dirty Mansions (2019, Local Rascal) CDN

Don Bray
Do You Believe
I Bless The Wounds (2019, Self) CDN

Manitoba Hal
30 Odd Days
Vintage Blend (2019, Maritimes Music) CDN

Poor Man’s Gambit
The Sweetness of Mary (feat. The Sweetness of Mary / Laoise Kelly’s / Andy DeJarlis’)
Land Of Sunshine (2019, Self)

Ken Dunn
Tahlequah (Live)

Interview: Ken Dunn live in the Folk Roots Radio studio.

Ken Dunn
Precious Life (Live)

Ken Dunn
King High Tide (Live)

Andrew Bird
Bloodless (acoustic)
My Finest Work Yet (2019, Loma Vista Recordings / Concord)

Che Apalache
The Dreamer
Rearrange My Heart (2019, Free Dirt Records)

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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