Episode 215: Lynne Hanson

This week’s Live & Local features as interview with Ottawa-based singer-songwriter Lynne Hanson recorded at the 2015 Folk Music Ontario. Lynne releases “7 Deadly Spins”, an album of murder ballads and songs of reckoning, this Halloween! We also continue our review of artists nominated for this year’s Canadian Folk Music Awards (CFMA). The award winners will be announced in Edmonton the weekend of November 6-8. For more information, visit folkawards.ca

We started off the hour with Matthew Byrne, lead singer and fiddle-player from Newfoundland’s The Dardanelles. Matthew has received CFMA nominations in the Traditional Singer of the Year and Traditional album of the Year categories for his excellent solo album “Hearts & Heroes”. We were incredibly impressed with Matthew’s showcase at the recent Folk Music Ontario. This week we played his wonderful version of Norman Blake’s “What Fortunes Guide A Sailor”.

And we followed that with two artists nominated in the CFMA Young Performer of the Year category, Benjamin Dakota Rogers and Mira Meikle. We recorded an in-depth interview with Benjamin at this year’s Folk Music Ontario conference – we’ll be bringing that to a future show. And Mira was part of this year’s youth programme – as Benjamin was last year. We’ve again taped an interview with all the participants – both mentors and youth, and we’ll be bringing that to an upcoming show too. Check out our youth programme documentary from the 2014 Folk Music Ontario conference if you haven’t already done so. It’s very inspiring and well worth a listen. You can find it on the website here.

We wrapped this week’s set of music from 2015 Canadian Folk Music Award nominees with three artists nominated for The Oliver Schroer Pushing The Boundaries Award; Kevin Breit, Dana Sipos and The Shoeless. You can find in depth interviews with Kevin Breit and Dana Sipos elsewhere on the website.

Ottawa-based singer-songwriter Lynne Hanson is releasing “7 Deadly Spins”, an album of murder ballads and songs of reckoning this Halloween! The album, recorded in Ottawa with her band The Good Intentions and produced by Lynn Miles, features seven original songs with murder and its impact as the central theme. The Ottawa CD Release takes place at Greenfields, 900 Greenback Road at 9:30 p.m. Admission $15. Lynne will be in Guelph on November 20 2015 for a show at the wonderful listening venue Silence with The Lifers. Advance tickets are just $15 (no booking fee) and are available on Ticketscene here. Lynne joined us in our mobile studio at the Folk Music Ontario conference to chat about the new album and share a live song from the new project.

Jory Nash will be in Guelph for a show at Silence on November 6. Jory has been nominated for Contemporary Singer of the Year and Producer of the Year) at the 2015 Canadian Folk Music Awards for his excellent new album “The Many Hats of Jory Nash”. You can listen to an in-depth interview with Jory here. Joining Jory on the bill will be Guelph-based singer-songwriter Jane Lewis who released her debut album “Stay With Me” in late 2014 to very strong reviews. And Jane has recently received an Independent Music Award for her cover of The Beatles “Come Together”. Jane joined us for a chat about hew debut album in the fall last year. You can find it on  the website here. We’re very excited to be bringing Jory to Guelph for a show with Jane. It should be a great night. I hope you’ll consider joining us! Advance tickets are just $15 (no booking fee) and are available on Ticketscene here.

Well, that’s all we have time for. 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 have a lot of great music to bring you on future shows. I hope you’ll join us! You can listen to this show again on Mixcloud by following the link below.

Folk Roots Radio – Episode 215 Live & Local by Folk Roots Radio on Mixcloud

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

Matthew Byrne
What Fortunes Guide A Sailor
Hearts & Heroes (2014, Self) CDN

Benjamin Dakota Rogers
Ashes To Ashes
Strong Man’s Address To The Circus Crowd (2015, Self) CDN

Mira Meikle
Strong Arm
Mira (2015, Self) CDN

Kevin Breit
Dance With Delilah (feat. Rebecca Jenkins)
Ernesto And Delilah (2015, Poverty Playlist) CDN

Dana Sipos
Roll Up The Night Sky (2015, Self) CDN

The Shoeless
Amarelo’s Box
The Shoeless (2014, Self) CDN

Lynne Hanson
Seven Deadly Spins (2015, Self) CDN

Interview: Lynne Hanson discussing new album “7 Deadly Spins”, recorded at the 2015 Folk Music Ontario conference.

Lynne Hanson
Cecil Hotel (Live)

Lynne Hanson
River Of Sand
River Of Sand (2014, Self) CDN

Jory Nash
A Night With You
The Many Hats of Jory Nash (2015, Thin Man Records) CDN

Jane Lewis
Come Together
Stay With Me (2014, Self) 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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