Folk Roots Radio Episode 580: feat. Moira Smiley – In Our Voices & More New Releases

Folk Roots Radio Episode 580: feat. Moira Smiley - In Our Voices & More New Releases

Singer and composer Moira Smiley joins us on Episode 580 of Folk Roots Radio to chat about “In Our Voices”, her wonderful new album with vocal group VOCO – a recording which predominantly utilizes voice and body percussion to share a powerful anti-racist message. It’s a fabulous album, and a great interview. As always we wrap up the episode with more new releases and this time around we hear from Sophie Janna, Jake Ian, Jaffa Road, Bobby Lee, Craig Cardiff, Andrew Wilson Eskesen and Craig Robertson. Check out the full playlist below.

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Moira Smiley travels the world creating new works for voices, while accompanying her performances with banjo, accordion, piano, and percussive movement. When she’s not working on her own music, you can find her recording and performing with the likes of Tune-Yards, Jayme Stone and Irish super-group SOLAS.

Her latest album “In Our Voices”, which features twelve songs that utilize predominantly voice and body percussion to share a powerful anti-racist message, was recorded with vocal group VOCO, who feature two Canadians, Dawn Pemberton and Karla Mundy alongside Long Beach based creators Gregory Fletcher and Jake Asaro.

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That’s all we have time for. Thanks to all the artists who share their music with us, and thank you for listening. We have lots of great music and interviews to bring you on future episodes.

If you enjoy the music we play on this show and want to support the artists – many of whom aren’t able to play live at the moment because of the Covid-19 pandemic, don’t just stream their music – that earns them much less than a penny per play. Instead, buy their music – and really make a difference to their income. They’ll love you for it!


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, Spotify, 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)

Sophie Janna
Wide World
(single) (2021, Revanche Records)

Jake Ian
So Dear
Everything Has Holes (2021, Self) CDN

Jaffa Road
Until When (Eli Shema Koli / Sidi Habibi)
(single) (2021, Self) CDN

Bobby Lee
Broken Prayer Stick
Origin Myths (2021, Tompkins Square)

Moria Smiley & Voco
How Can I Cry
In Our Voices (2021, Self)

Interview: Moira Smiley discussing “In Our Voices”, her new album with VOCO.

Moria Smiley & Voco
Days Of War
In Our Voices (2021, Self)

Moria Smiley & Voco
Oh Susannah
In Our Voices (2021, Self)

Craig Cardiff
All This Time Running (2021, True North Records) CDN

Andrew Wilson Eskesen
(single) (2021, Self) CDN

Craig Robertson
Buena Vista Moon
Stranger Than Yesterday (2020, Hashbrick Records) 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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