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 highway to visit the Woodshed, perform some sweet songs and to take us thrift-shopping. Watch our video with Twilight Hotel.
- 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 musicians. In the 1970s and 80s, he owned a record label called Woodshed Records, and many of those discs were produced at Daniel Lanois’ Hamilton studio. The man behind the original Woodshed paid a visit to our Woodshed, gracing us with both songs and stories.
- On a cold, winter weekend in the middle of Canada’s biggest city, an unlikely folk festival offers a chance to warm up. Our Shawna Caspi shares her experiences at Winterfolk.
- Phil Ochs was one of the stalwarts of the 1960s American folk revival scene, who was particularly focused on justice issues through his protest songs. A film has been made about Ochs’ all too-short life, and our Tony Burns reminisces about the old days as a young fan.