Episode 199: Pete Davies

This week’s Folk Roots Radio featured an interview with North-East of England based singer-songwriter Pete Davies. Pete’s latest album “Long Way Home” is one of our favourite albums of the year so far. The fact that the album came to us out of the blue made receiving it all that more special. This week we included a special tribute to the sadly departed “Mother of Modern Folk Music” Jean Ritchie, alongside our mystery theme and some new music.

This week’s mystery theme was all about ‘sunsets’, a companion set to the one we ran on ‘sunrises’ a few weeks back. On the farm where we live we are blessed with awesome sunrises and sunsets. Like all the good things in life, its best not to take them for granted, because… well, I think you know where I’m going with that sentiment.

There was no guilty pleasure on this week’s show because we gave the time over to the passing of new folk pioneer Jean Ritchie. Born in Kentucky in 1922, Jean Ritchie is regarded as one of the most influential figures in American roots music. She’s often called “The Mother of Folk Music,” because of the way she brought hundreds of traditional songs from her native Appalachia to a wider audience and helped kickstart the modern folk movement that influenced so many of today’s artists. Her impact on the music we all enjoy today cannot be understated. The tribute album, Dear Jean: Artists Celebrate Jean Ritchie (2014, Compass Records) featuring many songs made popular by Jean is well worth checking out.

Well, that’s all we have time for this week. Check out the full playlist with artist links below and share your love for all the great folk and roots music out there. Thanks to all the artists who share their music with us, and thank you for listening. We’ll see you next week! You can listen to this show again on Mixcloud by following the link below.

Folk Roots Radio – Episode 199 by Folk Roots Radio on Mixcloud

Mystery Theme: “Sunsets”

Nicolas & The Iceni (Theme)
Lucy She Rises (Demo)
Roll Right (expected 2015)

James Gordon
Sunset Song
One Timeless Moment (2005, Borealis Records) CDN

Willie P. Bennett
Sunset Pendulum
Heartstrings (1998, Bnatural Records) CDN

Iron & Wine
Sunset Soon Forgotten
Our Endless Numbered Days (2004, Sub Pop)

Alex Glasgow
The Sunsets Bonny Lad
Now And Then / Songs Of Alex Glasgow Three (1997, MWM Records)

John Hiatt
Lipstick Sunset
Bring the Family (1987, A&M)

Chris Robinson Brotherhood
Someday Past The Sunset
The Magic Door (2012, Silver Arrow Records)

Pharis & Jason Romero
Old September
A Wanderer I’ll Stay (2015, Borealis Records) CDN

Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar
Send the Nightingale (2015, Self) CDN

The Young Novelists
Always Make The Mistake
Made Us Strangers (2015, Self) CDN

Shawn William Clarke
Some Nerve (featuring Sarah Beatty)
William (2014, Self) CDN

Murder Murder
Murder Murder Murder (2013, Self) CDN

Jean Ritchie
Most Fair Beauty Bright (1962)
Classic Folk Music from Smithsonian Folkways (2004, Smithsonian Folkways)

Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer
My Dear Companion
Dear Jean: Artists Celebrate Jean Ritchie (2014, Compass Records)

Kathy Reid-Naiman
Pretty Betty Martin
Dear Jean: Artists Celebrate Jean Ritchie (2014, Compass Records)

Jean Ritchie
West Virginia Mine Disaster (1969)
Live At Caffè Lena: Music From America’s Legendary Coffeehouse, 1967-2013 (2013, Tompkins Square)

Starry Mountain Singers
I’ve Got A Mother
Dear Jean: Artists Celebrate Jean Ritchie (2014, Compass Records)

Pete Davies
A Soldier’s Lullabye
Long Way Home (2014, Home Routes Music)

Interview: Singer-songwriter Pete Davies chatting about his latest album “Long Way Home”.

Pete Davies
Long Way Home (2014, Home Routes Music)

Pete Davies
It’s A Long Way Home
Long Way Home (2014, Home Routes Music)

Beth Moore
Hard Days
Five Out Of Ten (2015, Self) CDN

Sam Outlaw
Ghost Town
Angeleno (2014, Six Shooter Records)

The Good Lovelies
Into The Dark
Burn the Plan (2015, Six Shooter Records) CDN

Lee Palmer
This Feels Like One Of Those Days
Like Elway (2015, Self) CDN

Irish Mythen
These Are The Things
Irish Mythen (2014, Self) CDN

Molly Andrews
Now Is The Cool Of The Day
Dear Jean: Artists Celebrate Jean Ritchie (2014, Compass Records)

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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