Fred Eaglesmith is setting off on his Small Town Ontario Spring Tour. He’ll be playing legions and other small venues across rural Ontario. We’re lucky to have some tickets to giveaway for the show in Kitchener at the Kitchener Polish Legion Branch, 601 Wellington St North on Thursday April 3 2014 at 8 p.m. and in Freelton at the Valens Community Centre, 1818 Valens Road for Friday April 4 2014 at 8 p.m. To get into the draw, all you need to do is let us know the name of Fred’s new album. What could be easier?
One of the pleasant things about programming a radio show is that every now and again an album crosses your desk, from someone you’ve never heard of, that really makes you sit up and take notice. That happened again a couple of weeks ago when “More Love and Happiness” the latest album by Toronto based singer-songwriter Clela Errington arrived in the mail. Very rootsy, a bit jazzy with some interesting world beat influences thrown in; its become an instant hit on this show. We were so pleased to finally hook up with Clela for an interview. The good news is that she will be in the area on Saturday March 29 2014 for a show at Music in the Wood Rockwood at 8:00 p.m.
For more on Clela, visit clelaerrington.ca.
Birds of Chicago (featuring JT Nero and Ally Russell) will be at Mariposa Folk Festival (July 4, 5, 6) this summer. There latest album is the live set Live From Space. Birds of Chicago are an amazing live band. Definitely check them out, when they come to your town. You’ll not be disappointed.
JT Nero and Ally Russell joined us in the studio in October. Check out their visit here.
For more on Birds of Chicago visit birdsofchicago.com.
This is a nice video to a beautiful song, the thought-provoking “Sweet and Sunny South”, by New Orleans based singer-songwriter Gina Forsyth (of The Malvinas) . It’s a song that speaks to the culture of the deep south of the United States. It really has great cross over potential for folk and politics; perfect for those who enjoy what we do here at Folk Roots Radio but also take in the humorous political commentary and interviews on our sister show Beyond the Ballot Box. Thanks to uber-humour-folkie Christine Lavin for the heads-up and the video.
Sue Smith and Shannon Kingsbury joined us in the studio on March 22 2014 to chat about “Towards A Little Light”, the new E.P. from Ondine Chorus. The E.P. features two original compositions and three stunning arrangements of traditional tunes. E.P. launch takes place on Saturday March 29 at 2 p.m. at Guelph’s MacDonald Stewart Art Centre. Tickets are $20 in advance (from The Bookshelf) and $25 at the door. Please note that seating is limited. The CD release will feature Ondine Chorus with special guests Jeff Bird, Gary Diggins, Robert Kingsbury, and Alden Hadwen. For more information on the release party, visit the Facebook event page. (Photo credit: Aidan Ware)
Joni Nehrita joined us in the studio for a chat about her new jazz-styled E.P. “Beginnings” on March 22 2014. Joni will be celebrating the launch of the E.P. with a show at the Guelph Black Heritage Society, 88 Essex St., Guelph on Saturday March 29 at 8:00 p.m. Joni’s band for the evening will feature Thomas Hammerton (Keys), Tyler Wagler (Bass), Jane Ellenton (Woodwind) and Mark Kelso (Drums). Tickets: $20. Expect a show that runs the gamut from soul, funk, pop to reggae. For more information visit www.joninehrita.com.
Folk Roots Radio on March 22 2014 (Episode 142) featured two interviews. During the first hour, Sue Smith and Shannon Kingsbury from The Ondine Chorus joined us to chat about their new E.P. “Towards A Little Light”. Their album launch takes place on Saturday March 29 at 2 p.m. in Guelph at the Macdonald Stewart Art Centre. Later in the show, singer-songwriter Joni Nehrita joined us to talk about her varied musical interests, including her new jazz-styled (download) E.P. “Beginnings”. The Joni Nehrita Quintet play The Guelph Black Heritage Society, Essex St in Guelph on March 29 at 8 p.m.
Singer/Songwriter Kev Morse joined us in the studio on Folk Roots Radio on March 15 2014. Kev previewed songs from his upcoming album “In The Blood”. In the Blood is the follow up to 2010’s “Live Under The Broom Tree”. It was recorded with Greg Woods on drums, Jeremy Giesbrecht on bass with keyboards/production by Tim Alberts. The new CD also features a killer string section with Sharon Tiessen on cello, and Sahra Featherstone on violin.
Fred Eaglesmith is heading back out on the road with his travelling show this spring to celebrate the launch of his latest album (number twenty, for those counting), the AM (and FM) radio friendly “Tambourine”. The Fred Eaglesmith Show, featuring a full night of original music, jokes and a pie auction will be playing small town venues throughout Ontario. Find your tickets online at www.fredeaglesmith.com or at the door. We caught up with him for a chat while taking a very short break between shows.
Guelph-based singer-songwriter Gregory Hoskins joined us in the studio in <strong>November 2013</strong> to chat about his latest project, a collaboration with drummer/percussionist Gary Craig, The Map of Above – The Map of Below (2013), an album with a wonderful sensual feel and stripped down rootsy groove.
Fore more information about Gregory Hoskins, visit www.gregoryhoskins.com.
Fred Eaglesmith is heading back on to the road with his travelling show this spring to celebrate the launch of his latest album (number twenty, for those counting), the AM (and FM) radio friendly “Tambourine”.
Guelph based Ondine Chorus are releasing their first EP, “Towards a Little Light”. The E.P. features two original compositions and three stunning arrangements of traditional tunes. The CD release party will take place at the Macdonald Stewart Art Centre on Saturday March 29 2014 at 2:30 p.m. (Doors at 2:00 p.m.)
Fearing & White release their second album, Tea and Consequences on March 4 2014. The album, recorded at The Cottage in Guelph in January 2013, features Stephen Fearing and Andy White with Gary Craig on drums/percussion alongside special guests Guelph-based multi-instrumentalist Jeff Bird on harmonica and Lee Harvey Osmond’s Ray Farrugia (drums). Fearing and White are on tour in Western Canada during March and April, and will surely be coming through southern Ontario later in the year. Check out the tour dates online at www.fearingandwhite.com.
“Kev Morse – Smile”
Singer/Songwriter Kev Morse will be live in the studio with us on Folk Roots Radio on CFRU 93.3fm on March 15. Kev will be previewing songs from his second solo album “In The Blood”. You won’t want to miss it!
“Guelph Celtic Orchestra – Always Welcome”
The Guelph Celtic Orchestra will be celebrating the life of St. Patrick with a performance and ceilidh dance at the Royal Canadian Legion, 57 Watson Parkway South, Guelph on March 15 2014 at 7:00 pm.
Tickets: Adults $15 advance/$20 at the door; Children under 12 $10 advance /door
Advanced tickets available at Janus Books, 10 Paisley St., Guelph and through the Guelph Celtic Orchestra website, www.guelphceltic.ca.
Fiddler and guitar duo Fiona McCairley & Bob MacLean take over Van Gogh’s Ear, Guelph on Sunday March 16 from 2-4 p.m. This pay what you can show promises to be energetic and engaging, and lots of fun. Fiona McCairley is an award-winning fiddler and Director of the Guelph Celtic Orchestra. Bob MacLean is founder of the Waterloo-Wellington Guitar Summit. The afternoon will also feature step-dancing from the McCairley sisters.