Folk Roots Radio Episode 584: feat. Brendan Scott Friel – Summer Moons & More New Releases

Singer-songwriter Brendan Scott Friel joins us on Episode 584 of Folk Roots Radio to chat about his latest album – the excellent “Summer Moons” which pushes the boundaries of modern folk with playful arrangements, and cinematic storytelling. As always, we wrap up the episode with more new releases, and this time around we hear from Sarah McQuaid, Helen Austin, Grace Pettis, Karen Morand, Bobby Lee, Dennis Ellsworth, Rosemary Lawton, Bob Jensen and David Olney & Anana Kaye. Check out the full playlist below.

Best 2020


Formerly the lead guitarist with the well-received but short-lived Windsor ON harmony rock combo The Brilliancy, Brendan Scott Friel first landed on our radar in 2017 with his very well-received debut solo recording “Quiet Cars”. His latest release, Summer Moons was originally conceived as two EPs – one intimate and contemplative, the other more expansive. It’s a recording that is sure to bring new fans to a talented singer-songwriter who is clearly on the rise.

Check out the full interview with Brendan Scott Friel on our YouTube channel:

Best 2020

For more information about the music of Brendan Scott Friel, visit

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!


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

Sarah McQuaid
The Sun Goes On Rising
The St Buryan Sessions (2021, A Shovel & A Spade Records)

Helen Austin
Unpleasant Ways
(single) (2021, Self) CDN

Grace Pettis
Landon (Acoustic)
(single) (2020, Mpress Records)

Karen Morand & the Bosco Boys
(single) (2021, Self) CDN

Bobby Lee
Fire Medicine Man
Origin Myths (2021, Tompkins Square)

Brendan Scott Friel
Summer Moons
Summer Moons (2021, Soul City Music Co-op) CDN

Brendan Scott Friel
All In
Summer Moons (2021, Soul City Music Co-op) CDN

Interview: Brendan Scott Friel discussing his new album “Summer Moons”.

Brendan Scott Friel
Summer Moons (2021, Soul City Music Co-op) CDN

Dennis Ellsworth
Wolves Not Far
Bound By Love: Wolves Not Far (2021, Pyramid Scheme Records) CDN

Rosemary Lawton
Fool For You
Canvas (2021, Citadel House) CDN

Bob Jensen
I Hope That I Don’t Fall In Love With You (feat. Emma LeBlanc)
For The Sake Of The Song Vol. 1 (2021, Self) CDN

David Olney & Anana Kaye
My Favorite Goodbye
Whispers & Sighs (2021, Schoolkids)

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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