Folk Roots Radio Episode 582: feat. Colm Gavin – The 1992 Tapes & More New Releases

Folk Roots Radio Episode 582: feat. Colm Gavin - The 1992 Tapes & More New Releases

We’re off to Ireland on Episode 582 of Folk Roots Radio to meet emerging singer-songwriter Colm Gavin. Colm Gavin landed on our radar in 2018 after the release of his excellent second album, 2016’s “A Voice For The Urban Darlings”. He is now getting ready to release a new solo piano E.P., “The 1992 Tapes”. The two new songs that Colm shared with us from that project are quite brilliant. A talented songwriter, it was great to be able to talk to him about his music. As always, we wrap up the episode with more new releases, and this time around we hear from A Choir Of Ghosts, Bryce Thomas, String Bone, Bùmarang, the august arrival, Martha Wainwright, Olivia Castriota and Reid Zoé. Check out the full playlist below.

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Signed to BEO records, which was established by Moya Brennan (Clannad) and her team, Colm Gavin has released two albums so far: “Your Endless Slumber EP” (2014) and “A Voice For The Urban Darlings” (2016) which both topped the charts on their first release in his native Ireland. Colm is now making in-roads into the North American market and has received airplay on more than 50 radio stations across the US and Canada.

In 2020, Colm Gavin was part of the Superior Sessions recorded at Thornton Pianos in Dublin where he recorded the two new songs we play this episode. His new piano driven solo EP, “The 1992 Tapes”, will be released later this year.

Colm Gavin is currently co-writing with Charlie McGettigan, one of Ireland’s most beloved songwriters. Charlie and Paul Harrington wrote and performed “Rock ‘n’ Roll Kids”, the winner of the Eurovision Song Contest in 1994.

Check out Colm Gavin on Soundcloud at

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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)

A Choir Of Ghosts
(single) (2021, Greywood Records)

Bryce Thomas
Summer Nights in Summertime
Across The Neuro Seas (2021, Self) CDN

String Bone
Waitin’ For My Dyin’ Day
(single) (2021, Space Cowboy Records) CDN

Echo Land (2021, Fallen Tree Records) CDN

Colm Gavin
Your Little Corner Of The Moon
The 1992 Tapes (2021, BEO Records)

Interview: Colm Gavin discussing his music and new piano driven EP, “The 1992 Tapes”.

Colm Gavin
Good Morning Stephanie
A Voice For The Urban Darlings (2016, BEO Records)

Colm Gavin
Since Baby Went Away
The 1992 Tapes (2021, BEO Records)

the august arrival
Normal Person
All Blue and Gold (2021, Self) CDN

Martha Wainwright
Love Will Be Reborn
(single) (2021, Pheromone / Cooking Vinyl) CDN

Olivia Castriota
Leaving You (Stripped)
(single) (2021, Self)

Reid Zoé
When I Go
(single) (2021, Council House 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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