East Coast roots music scene: April 23

by Michael Trenholm, East Coast Kitchen Party April 24, 2014 Highlights
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I think everyone pushed a button this week and decided to release festival lineups on the East Coast at the same time.  Paddlefest in St. Andrews, New Brunswick announced that The Strumbellas, one of favourite new groups this past year, will tour the province and is slated to appear.  That’s provincial home turf for David [...]

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Moose Tracks: Ariane Mercure – Old Country Records

by Andy Frank April 21, 2014 Reviews
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A record that features lead singing in a language that is clearly not the vocalist’s mother tongue can come off as pretentious, or worse, as a cynical marketing ploy to grab a certain demographic. There are exceptions, of course, and one of them is Ariane Mercure’s Old Country Records. The moment I pressed play on [...]

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Roots Music Canada Radio / Andy Frank Show Podcast #2

by Andy Frank April 21, 2014 Legacy
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For The Love of Pete! This week, we present a special broadcast: some of Canada’s greatest folk musicians pay tribute to the late Pete Seeger, recorded live from the nation’s leading folk venue, Hugh’s Room in Toronto, on Wednesday, April 16, 2014. Most of the musicians performing had a personal connection to Pete. Curated and [...]

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Ep.17 From Cover To Cover with Michael Wrycraft

by RootsRadio April 19, 2014 Podcast
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Featuring: Three great EXCLUSIVE LIVE TRACKS recorded at HUGH’S ROOM:   • Retrocity does Pink Floyd a capella – Comfortably Numb • Diana Brathewaite & Chris Whiteley do Tom Waits - I Wish I Was In New Orleans • Lester McLean, Michael Occhipinti, Kristin Sweetland, Jorge Miguel, Terry Gillespie, Suzie Vinnick, Ben Sures, Blair Packham & [...]

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Michael Jerome Browne and Lindsay May

by Eric Thom April 17, 2014 Performance
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Free Times Café, March 7, 2014 These two artists happened to meet each other at the Kerrville Folk Festival in Texas where they were both New Folk Finalists in 2012, so when Lindsay had an option to share a bill, Michael answered the call. I had only sampled Lindsay’s talents via her website, proving she was [...]

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Podcast: Folk Roots/Folk Branches w/Mike Regenstreif – Jesse Winchester

by RootsRadio April 16, 2014 Legacy
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Folk Roots/Folk Branches with Mike Regenstreif is a thematic program streamed on demand at Roots Music Canada. A new show debuts every week. Note: There’s a change in the radio service at Roots Music Canada. Instead of a scheduled time once per day, Folk Roots/Folk Branches is now available on-demand at any time. This program [...]

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CFMF loses one of its own

by Breaking News April 16, 2014 Legacy
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The murder of five young adults on April 14, 2014 in Calgary has shocked the country, including the folk music community. The Calgary Folk Music Festival sent out this release earlier today. The staff of the Calgary Folk Music Festival were devastated to learn that Lawrence Hong, a volunteer on our dispatch crew was a [...]

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Roots Music Video of the Day: Jerry Leger

by Andy Frank April 15, 2014 Video
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Toronto songwriter Jerry Leger recently announced the release of his Michael Timmins-produced seventh studio album, Early Riser on Latent Recordings. He recently premiered the video for lead single “Factory Made.” “’Factory Made’ is a video directed by Morgan Yew that relies more on atmosphere and use of lighting,” said Jerry, “It creates a moody visual [...]

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East Coast roots music scene: April 14

by Michael Trenholm, East Coast Kitchen Party April 14, 2014 Highlights
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Incredibly popular and highly respected Cape Breton singer-songwriter JP Cormier proved once again that we should never underestimate the power of a song to move people.  JP posted a video on his Facebook page recently.  He commented on how he had just written a song and felt the need to post it.  The song was [...]

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R.I.P. Jesse Winchester

by Guest Editorial April 12, 2014 Making Music
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Bob Stark may be one of Canada’s best kept singer-songwriter secrets. His songs of love and life paint a gentle picture of adult life in today’s world. This is his tribute to Jesse Winchester, who died on April 11, 2014.  “I wave bye bye I pray God’s speed I wish lovely weather And all the [...]

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