Episode 147: Rick Avery

Folk Roots Radio on April 26 2014 (Episode 147) featured an interview with Rick Avery (from local trad folk combo Relative Harmony) about the Brian Pickell Band‘s visit to Guelph and a welcomed replay of an in studio appearance by Crash Bamboo, feat. Ambre McLean and Preetam Sengupta.

Our mystery theme this week was on the subject of “Dreams”. I have to thank listener ‘Lesley’ for coming up with the theme as she asked for a Fleetwood Mac song from Rumours as this week’s Guilty Pleasure. It just seemed natural to pair this week’s guilty pleasure with a mystery theme on the same subject. The subject turned out to be a pretty popular choice as I found it very easy to fill in the six song slots at the start of the show, yet still had four more songs that I just had to play. So, we ended up with a Guilty Pleasure ‘Dreams’ set too!

Its hard to believe that its now 37 years since Fleetwood Mac produced “Rumours”, or to put it another way, my 35th Anniversary copy of Rumours (which features a remastered version of the original album with studio outtakes, demos and a live set – and, I should add, it’s highly recommended) is now two years old! Time flies when you’re having fun, evidently.

To my mind, my desire to play the album probably suffered because it was so successful – if that makes any sense. Certainly, I hadn’t wanted to play it for quite a while because all of the songs just seemed too familiar. That said, since I picked up the remastered version, I’m quite happy to put it on and listen all the way through again. As well as a cracking set of songs, and excellent playing and vocals from the Buckingham-Nicks version of the band, it still sounds great. It’s also very easy to step back in time to the day when I excitedly headed to my local record store to pick up my first LP version of the newly-released album. Happy Days, and a good choice for a Guilty Pleasure. Thanks, Lesley for the suggestion!

Remember, a Guilty Pleasure is that song you still love even though you think others may find it unfashionable. You’ll be surprised how many people love it too! If you have a guilty pleasure you’d like to share – that song you still love though you think other people would find it unfashionable (believe me, they won’t), get in touch. We’d love to play it for you! And, if you have a good story about why you love that song, so much the better.

And, if you have suggestions for artists we should be playing on the show, or know of a musician we could invite into the studio, feel free to share that too.

Talking of in studio appearances, we replayed the wonderful session we had with Crash Bamboo featuring www.ambremclean.com and www.preetam.ca in November 2013. It was a wonderful visit and a real pleasure to share it again. Now I can’t wait to hear the studio versions of some of these songs.

Well that’s just about everything I need to mention this week. You’ll find the full playlist for the show below.

Thanks to all the artists who are sharing their music with us, and thank you for listening. We’ll see you next week!

Mystery theme: “Dreams”

Kevin Fox
Sweet Dreams Are Made Of This
Songs for Cello & Voice (2008, Self) CDN

JF Robitaille,
Dreams With You
Rival Hearts (2013, Sparks Music) CDN

Darryl Purpose
Dreams Of Life
Next Time Around (2012, Self)

Catherine MacLellan
Dreams Dissolve
Church Bell Blues (2007, High Romance Music) CDN

Otis Redding
I’ve Got Dreams To Remember
The Very Best Of Otis Redding (1992, Rhino)

Aztec Camera
Dream Sweet Dreams
Dreamland (1993, Sire)

Brian Pickell Band
The Garden Of Hope / Queen Of The Tarps / Hogg’s Delight
Waves On The Shore (2014, Self) CD

Interview: Promoter Rick Avery (from trad combo Relative Harmony) discussing the Brian Pickell Band’s visit to Guelph

Brian Pickell Band
Left Too Soon
Waves On The Shore (2014, Self) CDN

This week’s Guilty Pleasure:
Fleetwood Mac
Rumours (35th Anniversary Edition) (1977, Warner Bros Records)

Paul Hyde
When The City Dreams
Peace Sign (2009, Bongo Beat Records) CDN

Blackie & The Rodeo Kings
Silver Dreams
Let’s Frolic (2006, True North Records) CDN

Matt Andersen
City Of Dreams
Weightless (2014, Linus Entertainment) CDN

Carlene Carter
Lonesome Valley 2003 (feat. Vince Gill)
Carter Girl (2013, Rounder Records)

Live in the Studio: Crash Bamboo, feat. Ambre McLean and Preetam Sengupta (replay from November 9 2013)

Crash Bamboo
Hey You

Crash Bamboo
In A Word

Crash Bamboo
Don’t Worry Be Happy (Bobby McFerrin)

Crash Bamboo
Coming Home

Crash Bamboo
May The Sun Always Shine At Your Door

Lou DeAdder
Sally Goes To The Mall
Acoustic Pathways (2014, CDN)

Mary Margaret O’Hara
Anew Day
Miss America (Virgin, 1988) CDN

Background Music:
BJ Block
The Colouring Book
Glitterball (2008, Self) CDN

Jayme Stone
Andrea Berget
Room Of Wonders (2010, Self) CDN

Dave Clarke
Six Strings North Of The Border Volume 1 (2005, Borealis) 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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