Monthly Archives: February 2011

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Highlights Feb 20-27

Here’s what we were up to this week: It’s a long and dusty road from Winnipeg to Austin. That’s the road the sensational “gothic lo-fi electro-folk” duo Twilight Hotel have been traveling the past few years. They pulled off the ...
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David Essig returns to the ‘shed

The Woodshed Sessions, Episode 5 – David Essig Guitar virtuoso David Essig of Protection Island, BC, is a prolific singer-songwriter with twenty albums to his name, and the producer of dozens of albums for a long list of well-known Canadian ...
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Twilight Hotel glows in the Woodshed

It’s a long and dusty road from Winnipeg to Austin. That’s the road the sensational duo Twilight Hotel have been traveling the past few years. Their musical origins make a great Canadian campfire story: Dave Quanbury and Brandy Zdan, both ...
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Warming up at Winterfolk

The festival, now in its ninth year, ran February 18 – 21, filling rooms along the Danforth in Toronto with music and merriment. The event takes the folk festival construct, sticks it in the middle of February and brings it ...
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Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune

Oh, the memories. Young, idealistic, ready to save the world from itself. Phil did more to raise my awareness of political and social issues of the times than anyone else. I suspect I'm not the only one who owes Phil ...
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Highlights Feb 13-20

The 53rd Grammy Awards were handed out on Sunday, and among the recipients were former Roots Music Canada guests Carolina Chocolate Drops, who won Best Traditional Folk Music album for Genuine Negro Jig, as well as veterans Pete Seeger, Mavis ...
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Layah Jane’s ‘Honey’ sounds sweet

Layah Jane‘s new CD, Honey could win an award for aptly-named album of the year. With a voice that’s both sweet and rich, and a delicious, deep-groove approach, Toronto artist Layah Jane has finally found her sound on this CD, ...
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Ariana Gillis shows her roots

As the daughter of a working musician, Ariana Gillis has certain advantages that must be mentioned:  a musical upbringing, familiarity with the musical life, musical mentoring, and the open doors provided by a musical parent. On the other hand, the ...
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Attending Music Conferences 101

Just in time for the Folk Alliance International Conference in Memphis later this week, Dave Cool has released an e-book titled “Attending Music Conferences 101.” The free pdf download is the first in a series of “Cool’s Notes” for independent ...
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Rosemary Phelan’s Woodshed Session

Today at noon EST, we went live with our online "studio" audience for a performance and interview with Golden Quill Songwriting award-winner Rosemary Phelan and Jason LaPrade. Many thanks to everyone who tuned in. We've edited the show into a ...