Highlights Feb 7-13
- The Good Lovelies played the first Woodshed Session. Thanks to everyone who watched live on Wednesday. Hope you enjoyed the sweet harmonies, good humour and conversation. If you missed the live show, watch this space for performance excerpts.
- The legendary and much-loved Stompin’ Tom Connors turned 75 this week. To celebrate, we’ve shared Steve Fruitman’s hour-long radio interview with the man himself, which also features tunes from the musicians Stompin’ Tom considers his influences.
- On Friday, master musician David Woodhead and his Confabulation joined us in the ‘Shed with pals Jaron Freeman-Fox on violin and Doug Wilde on keys. The conversation was lively and the prog-folk tunes, terrific.
- The Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame 2011 inductees were announced. Robbie Robertson (of The Band) is being recognized, as is Jack Scott, a songwriter who has more US singles in a shorter period of time than any other recording artist other than The Beatles. Not bad, eh?
- After a five-year hiatus, seminal American alt-country band The Jayhawks have reunited with their original line-up for a tour and an album slated for release this year. Our Eric Thom caught the first night of the tour, which was opened by Toronto singer-songwriter Kirsten Jones – one of our favourite artists of the past year.
- With Toronto community radio station CKLN at risk of losing its license, we asked CKLN programmer, Blues Doctor Julie V. Hill, to tell us how concerned citizens can participate in the discussion around this issue.
- As we geared up for the debut of the ‘Shed Sessions, we made a video about the building of our shed stage. Andy and David are at their antic best in this charming slapstick ode to office carpentry.