Folk Roots Radio Episode 519: Don Bray… In Conversation – I Bless The Wounds

Folk Roots Radio Episode 519: Don Bray In Conversation - I Bless The Wounds

Ottawa based singer-songwriter Don Bray joins us on Episode 519 of Folk Roots Radio for a wonderful in-depth conversation about his sixth album “I Bless The Wounds” – thirteen songs written through the lens of Complex PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder). Sometimes sad, sometimes up, but mostly hopeful, this is Don’s most personal project to date. Join us for Don Bray… In Conversation on Folk Roots Radio. Check out the full playlist below.


A retired decorated fire captain (based in Toronto), Don Bray likes to say that he has been playing guitar and writing songs longer than most of us have been alive. In 1969, Don saw Bruce Cockburn in concert and remembers thinking, “That’s what I want to do with the guitar.” Of course, he also says that about Jeff Beck and Leo Kottke.

“I Bless The Wounds” is Don Bray’s first album since “I Am Myself” (2012). Don Bray states he was “born to an abusive father, and also a victim of rape; that set me up for 27 years in the Toronto Fire Department.” which lead to a later life diagnosis of Complex PTSD. This album is a way of making peace with this complicated disorder, in a way that should provide some comfort to fellow sufferers.

On this very honest new work, Don Bray plays guitar, hollowneck lap slide national steel guitar and mandola with fine support from Terry Tufts (cittern, electric and acoustic guitars), Mark Mariash (drums/percussion), Burke Carroll (pedal steel guitar), Rosalyn Dennett (fiddle), Bill Zulak (fiddle), Pat McPhail (stand up bass) and harmony vocals from Rebecca Campbell, Terry Tufts, Melissa Hucul, Sjef Frenken, Mark Evenchick, Alan Sandeman, Jordan Leech and Greg Kelly.

Over the years Don Bray has played many different folk festivals including Mariposa, Folk on the Rocks and Trout Forest. These days Don also loves to play house concerts.

“A keen observer of the human condition, with sensitivity and wit. A brilliant songwriter… poetry married to an unsurpassed guitar style… lyrics clear as water.” David Francey

For more information about the music of Don Bray, visit

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

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

Interview: Don Bray discussing his music and sixth album “I Bless The Wounds”.

Don Bray
Brother Song
I Bless The Wounds (2019, Self) CDN

Don Bray
The Trick
I Bless The Wounds (2019, Self) CDN

Don Bray
I Don’t Get Out Much
I Bless The Wounds (2019, Self) CDN

Don Bray
Time To Go
I Bless The Wounds (2019, Self) CDN

Don Bray
Gone Before I Leave
I Bless The Wounds (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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