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Roots Radio Thursday – April 11

This week on The Open Chord host Bill Garrett features new music from songwriter David Francey, fiddler April Verch and after a long absence, the wonderful Laura Smith. Mix that up with Pharis and Jason Romero, Rose Cousins and some ...
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Roots Radio Thursday March 21

This week on The Open Chord Bill Garrett looks back at the lives of three key figures that were lost to the Canadian folk community in the last few weeks. They’re Tam Kearney, who started and ran the iconic Toronto ...
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Roots Radio Thursday – March 14

This week on The Open Chord, Bill Garrett presents “Love Brings You Home” a full edition documentary on the life of Jack Hardy, singer-songwriter and playwright. (11:00am, 5:00pm and 10:00pm EDT on rtds.ca) Based in New York’s Greenwich Village, Hardy was influential ...
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Roots Radio Thursday – Feb 21

The Andy Frank Show: On the heels of the 2013 Juno nominees announcement, we are thrilled to feature a finalist from last year’s Best Roots and Traditional – Group category, The Good Lovelies. They have a new live CD, Live ...
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Thank You and It’s Not Too Late!

We received wonderful reactions to yesterday’s post seeking volunteer editors, and with one exception, I am pleased to say the positions are filled. We’ve even doubled-up some of the positions by splitting Canada in half, Eastern and Western editors, for ...
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Looking for Volunteer Editors

As you may have read a few days ago, David Newland has handed me the antlers to the Gordy the Moose. It’s not easy riding a moose by oneself, even a friendly folk/roots loving beast like Gordy. It’s especially challenging ...
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Roots Radio Thursday on RTDS – Dec 13

Last week, we launched Roots Radio Thursday on Radio That Doesn’t Suck, three one-hour radio shows with a distinct Canadian folk/roots flavour. In addition, music played between airings of these shows is also be largely Canadian folk/roots music. Coming up this ...
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Reviewed: Trent Severn, Nancy Dutra & Jory Nash

We have received our share of CDs for review of late, and are grateful for all of them. Time, however, only allows us to review a few at a time, and in this case, I will share three short reviews ...
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Annabelle Chvostek Ensemble – Rise

Congratulations to all the Juno Nominees in the Roots and Traditional categories. Here’s my personal pick. – AF In such ugly times, the only true protest is beauty – Phil Ochs. I’ve never been one for music-genre debates, however, I’ll ...
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Scott Cooper – Quiet Company

Scott Cooper’s latest record opens with a track that would crack a smile on Sir George Martin’s face. Stationary Satellite features mellotron, double-tracked vocals, crisp drums, banjo, and a crescendo of horns, all on good ol’ hissy analogue tape. With ...