Folk Roots Radio Episode 502: feat. Jane Eamon & More New Releases

Folk Roots Radio Episode 502: feat. Jane Eamon & More New Releases

We have a very special coronavirus isolation edition of Folk Roots Radio to bring you on Episode 502. We’re featuring a great interview we taped a few weeks ago with Kelowna BC based Kerrville Folk finalist Jane Eamon. Jane is a fantastic songwriter, but one who had almost fallen out of love with the music business. That all changed when her husband had a stroke and then was diagnosed with cancer, and her father died suddenly. That would be enough to break many people – but all this family turmoil pushed Jane back into songwriting and led to her fabulous 2019 album “Pieces of Me”. We’re obviously biased but it’s a truly wonderful and inspirational interview, and perhaps a bit of an antidote for all of us who are struggling in the strange social distancing times we’re now living in. We’re continuing the Covid-19 emergency theme on the rest of the show as we include brand spanking new songs about social distancing from John & Sheila Ludgate and Jesse Parent, a song about unheralded essential workers from Dale Boyle, a wonderful comic creation from Heather Pierson alongside some great new music from both The Lonesome Ace Stringband and Ken Yates. We will get through this… together and apart. Check out the full playlist below.

Interview

Kelowna BC’s Jane Eamon started writing the songs for her beautiful seventh album “Pieces of Me” after her husband had a stroke on Christmas Day and the sudden death of her father. At the time, Jane Eamon actually thought she was done with the music business – but the songs wouldn’t rest, they just kept coming. Yet, after helping her husband recover from his stroke, he was then diagnosed with Stage 4 prostate cancer. Fortunately Jane’s songwriting helped her pull her through this incredibly difficult period in her life. What developed from all this was the stripped down, honest and completely authentic nine track album album Pieces of Me which speaks to the emotions of that challenging period, but also brings with it a sense of hope – storms can be weathered.

Pieces of Me was produced by her long-time collaborator Andrew Smith from Lake Studios, Kelowna BC, and has been critically acclaimed despite flying under many radars. It deservedly became one of Our Favourite Albums of 2019. Jane Eamon’s husband is now in recovery from cancer and she’s working on a new album.

For more information about the music of Jane Eamon visit janeeamon.net.

Listen

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Playlist

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

John & Sheila Ludgate
The Gift Of An Ordinary Day
(single) (2020, Self) CDN

Jesse Parent
Learning To Live Apart
(single) (2020, Self) CDN

Dale Boyle
Unsung
Throwback (2012, Self) CDN

Heather Pierson
The Toilet Paper Song
The Toilet Paper Song (2020, Vessel Recordings)

The Lonesome Ace Stringband
Cluck Old Hen
Modern Old-Time Sounds For The Bluegrass & Folksong Jamboree (2019, Self) CDN

Jane Eamon
Pieces Of Me
Pieces Of Me (2019, Self) CDN

Interview: Jane Eamon discusses her latest album “Pieces of Me”.

Jane Eamon
Broken Things
Pieces Of Me (2019, Self) CDN

Jane Eamon
Stuck
Pieces Of Me (2019, Self) CDN

Jane Eamon
Not Today
Pieces Of Me (2019, Self) CDN

Ken Yates
Surviving Is Easy
Quiet Talkers (2020, Self) CDN

About the author

JAN HALL

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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