Episode 206: Kingsville Folk Music Festival 2015

John & Michelle Law, artistic directors at the Kingsville Folk Music Festival join us on this week’s show to talk about this year’s festival (year two) taking place from August 7-9 in beautiful Lakeside Park in Kingsville on the shores of Lake Erie. Later in the show, Southern Ontario roots songstress Allison Brown joins us to chat about her fabulous new album “Stitches and Incisions”.  As usual, we also find time for our mystery theme and guilty pleasure alongside some great new releases.

This week’s mystery theme was all about ‘the day of rest’… “Sundays”. I’m not really sure Sunday is about rest these days, certainly not in our house. Sunday is definitely a great day for visiting with family and friends… or, in our house, catching up with your radio-playlisting!

This week we played some great songs about ‘Sundays’ by The Handsome Family, Joshua Cockerill, David Francey, Ian Reid, Shawn Clarke and Eve Goldberg, alongside “Sunday Afternoon Tune”, a great instrumental by Rockwood Ontario’s Wendi Hunter. We also included “Sundays With My Son” from Wayne Scott. Wayne Scott recorded his debut album “This Weary Way”, at the age of 71, with encouragement from his son, singer-songwriter Darrell Scott. It was sad to find out that Wayne passed away in 2011, though this album makes a great memorial.

This week’s Guilty Pleasure featured Peter Sarstedt from 1969 with “Where Do You Go to (My Lovely)”. Where Do You Go to (My Lovely) reached number-one in the UK Singles Chart and was awarded the 1969 Ivor Novello Award for Best Song Musically and Lyrically.

The song is about a fictional girl named Marie-Claire who starts life on the poverty-stricken backstreets of Naples before wealth and fame lead to her joining the international jet set, and moving to Paris. It has been suggested that Sarstedt wrote the song for Sophia Loren who grew up in Naples, however he has discounted this as just coincidence, admitting that the song was originally written with a girl he met in Vienna in mind. She sadly died in a hotel fire before she could ever achieve wealth and fame.

The version we played today is from an album of demos Sarstedt recorded while living in Copenhagen, “The Lost Album”. Released in 2008 but originally recorded in 1970, the album also featured an early version of the iconic song.

Thanks to Ellie for suggesting we play Peter Sarstedt on this week’s show. 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.

Among the new music we played was the title track from Swedish Americana band, The Wife‘s great new album “Mud”. The Wife were formed by cousins Natalie and Kristoffer Johansson and feature songs by Natalie. We’re hoping to get an interview with the band in the next month or so. We also included “Wall of Grace” from the new Graham Parker & The Rumour album “Mystery Glue”. I’ve been a fan of Graham Parker since his first album, 1976’s Howling Wind. One of these days, I’ll get that sit down interview. Stay tuned.

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 206 by Folk Roots Radio on Mixcloud

Mystery Theme: “Sundays”

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

The Handsome Family
Sunday Morning Coming Down
Nothing Left To Lose: A Tribute to Kris Kristofferson (2002, Incidental Records)

Joshua Cockerill
Sunday Morning (Oh Mercy)
The Trick With Your Heart I’m Learning To Do (2009, Tenth Avenue Music) CDN

David Francey
Sunday Morning
The Waking Hour (2004, Laker Music) CDN

Ian Reid
Sunday Blue
Tiger School (2008, Self) CDN

Wayne Scott
Sunday With My Son
This Weary Way (2005, Full Light Records)

Shawn Clarke
Sunday Quiet
Sunday. Quiet. E.P. (2013, Self) CDN

Eve Goldberg
Something About A Sunday
Crossing The Water (2003, Borealis Records) CDN

Wendi Hunter
Sunday Afternoon Tune
Still Survivin’ (2012, Self) CDN

Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy
St. Nicks
One (2015, DLL/MacMaster Music) CDN

Interview: Artistic Directors John & Michele Law discussing the 2015 Kingsville Folk Music Festival.
Kingsville Folk Music Festival

Guy Davis
Love Looks Good On You
Juba Dance (2013, Red House Records)

Linda McRae
I’ll Watch Your Lovelight Shine
Fifty Shades Of Red (2014, Borealis Records) CDN

James Hill
If Wishes Were Horses
The Old Silo (2014, Borealis Records) CDN

Peter Sarstedt
Where Do You Go to (My Lovely)
The Lost Album (2008, Singer)

Vicky Harris
August In December (2015, Locust Street Music)

The Wife
Mud (2015, Self)

Allison Brown
Stitches And Incisions (2015, Self) CDN

Interview: Southern Ontario Roots songstress Allison Brown discussing her new album “Stitches and Incisions”.

Allison Brown
Invisible Line
Stitches And Incisions (2015, Self) CDN

Allison Brown
Please Send Me Someone To Love
Stitches And Incisions (2015, Self) CDN

Cheryl Lescom & The Tucson Choir Boys
It’s Not You, It’s Me
1953 (2015, Busted Flat Records) CDN

Jay Sewall
Hobo Joe (Moanin’) (With Michael Jerome Browne)
Duets 1 (2015, Self) CDN

Mitch Mann
Baby Don’t Forget
Blackwater Creek (2015, Crazy Chester Records)

Graham Parker & The Rumour
Wall Of Grace
Mystery Glue (2015, Cadet Concept / Universal)

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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