Folk Roots Radio Episode 505: feat. The Fontaines… In Conversation

Folk Roots Radio Episode 505: feat. The Fontaines... In Conversation

Sara & Ryan Fontaine, who make music together as The Fontaines, join us on Episode 505 of Folk Roots Radio to chat about their music and self-titled debut album. Sara and Ryan met while pursuing separate musical careers; Sara in theatre and vocal performance, and Ryan as an upright bass player. With a sound that they describe as ‘folk with a modern twist’, they affectionately call every gig ‘date night’. We’re in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic emergency and so we caught up with Sara & Ryan over Zoom, rather than live in the studio. Stay safe and well everyone – and settle down and enjoy The Fontaines… In Conversation, on Folk Roots Radio. Check out the full playlist below.


Married duo Ryan and Sara Fontaine are a musical force to be reckoned with.

Ryan Fontaine is best known for his work as a versatile and multi-genre upright and electric bassist. In the early 90s he toured Canada with the Juno nominated Johnny Favourite Swing Orchestra before settling down and quickly becoming one of the Windsor area’s most sought after live and session musicians.

Born into a large musical family, Sara Fontaine quickly learned to play flute, guitar and piano and went on to pursue music theatre and obtain her vocal degree from The University of Windsor. Sara is a well known vocalist in the Windsor area and still maintains her classical chops as well as singing theatre, pop and jazz.

Despite their eclectic musical careers, Ryan and Sara waited almost 10 years to start making music as a duo. Sara’s poignant and thoughtful lyrics and their masterful blend of vocal harmony and instrumentation make every performance truly unique.

For more information about The Fontaines visit


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

The Fontaines
Build Me a House
The Fontaines (2019, Self) CDN

Interview: Sara & Ryan Fontaine discussing their music & debut self-titled album.

The Fontaines
Does It Really Matter?
The Fontaines (2019, Self) CDN

The Fontaines
Fare Thee Well
The Fontaines (2019, Self) CDN

The Fontaines
Last Song
The Fontaines (2019, Self) CDN

The Fontaines
Inside Looking In
The Fontaines (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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