Episode 143: Clela Errington & Fred Eaglesmith

We had two interviews on Folk Roots Radio on March 29 (Episode 143). Toronto-based singer-songwriter Clela Errington joined us in the first hour, and Fred Eaglesmith after the break.

Clela Errington’s new album, “More Love and Happiness” is a big hit on Folk Roots Radio. The freshness of the songwriting, beautiful harmonies (with daughter Jocelyn Barth) and varied musical styles makes it a joy for the ears. That we were unfamiliar with Clela’s work makes it all that much more special to share her musical talent on air. It was certainly great to talk with her. We wish her all the best as she sets out to promote this fine album over the coming months; her music deserves to be heard.

Later in the show we chatted to Fred Eaglesmith, who is about to take his travelling show to Royal Canadian Legions and other small venues across rural Ontario. All in the name of sharing good music, of course – with hilarious banter, a charity fundraiser and pie auction all thrown in for good measure! Fred has a great new album too, “Tambourine”. He puts on a great show, definitely check him out on tour if you get the chance.

Our Mystery Theme was “Mother Earth” with reference to Earth Hour. It always takes place from 8:30 – 9:30 p.m. on the last Saturday in March. Its a great opportunity to power down and reflect on why its important to protect the planet we call home. This week, four of the six songs in the mystery theme were Canadian. It’s not often that happens, as the songs we play depends very much on the weekly theme, it was a nice surprise.

For this week’s Guilty Pleasure we had a request for The Andrews Sisters (feat. Bing Crosby)  and “Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate The Positive” – This one goes out to my mother – she always believes that she should share some positive advice when we talk on the phone. I’m not going to share too much of that conversation, but the song was very apt. It was rather fitting that we had positivity and happiness and gorgeous harmonies in this week’s Guilty Pleasure, to follow our interview with Clela Errington!

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.

We hope you enjoyed the show. Thanks for listening. We’ll see you next week!

Mystery Theme: “Mother Earth”

Brooks Williams
Mother Earth
Seven Sisters (Green Linnet, 1997)

Mother Earth
Jenikz (Self, 2010) CDN

The Earth Moved
Travelling Love (Pheromone, 2012) CDN

Blitzen Trapper
Heaven & Earth
Destroyer Of The Void (Sub Pop, 2010)

Funky Mamas
Go Mama Earth
Pickin’ In The Garden (Self, 2012) CDN

The Nylons
This Island Earth
Happy Together (Unidisc,1987) CDN

Frank Horvat
Earth Hour XI
A Little Dark Music (Self,2010) CDN

Clela Errington
White Dove
More Love & Happiness (Clela Music, 2014) CDN

Interview: Toronto based singer-songwriter Clela Errington joined us to chat about her latest album “More Love and Happiness”.

Clela Errington
More Love & Happiness
More Love & Happiness (Clela Music,2014) CDN

The Andrews Sisters with Bing Crosby
Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate The Positive
Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters
20th Century Masters (The Millenium Collection) (MCA, 2000)

Johnny Cash
I Drove Her Out Of Her Mind
Our Among The Stars (Unreleased songs 1981-1984) (Columbia Legacy, 2014)

Scott Wolfson and Other Heroes
The Backseat and Me
Life On Fire (Self, 2014)

The Waymores
Take Me Down
The Waymores (Lucky Dog, 2012)

Fred Eaglesmith
Drunk Girl
Tambourine (A Major Label, 2103) CDN

Interview: Fred Eaglesmith joined us to chat about his latest album “Tambourine” and upcoming small town tour of Ontario.

Fred Eaglesmith
Tell The Engineer
Tambourine (A Major Label, 2013) CDN

Shari Ulrich
Everywhere I Go
Everywhere I Go (Borealis, 2014) CDN

Eric Balkey
Everything Is Great
Everything Is Great (Hudson Harding Music, 2014)

Ethan Johns
It Won’t Always Be This Way
Tt Won’t Always Be This Way E.P. (Three Crows, 2014)

Craig Cardiff
If Bernadette Is To Be Trusted
Love Is Louder (Than All This Noise) (Self, 2013) CDN

Drive By Truckers
Primer Coat
English Oceans (ATO, 2014)

Theme/Background Music:
Mary Margaret O’Hara
Anew Day
Miss America (Virgin, 1988) CDN

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

Nicolas and the Iceni
Lucy She Rises
Roll Right (Demo, 2014)

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