“Just Us Folk” celebrates 30 years on air

Perhaps no one exemplifies dedication to music the way folk DJs do.

Those few selfless souls who still spin folk, roots, Celtic, Maritime, bluegrass, blues, and singer-songwriter tracks deserve all of our thanks.

This is a special month for one of our favourite folk DJs. Jan Vanderhorst of Just Us Folk on AM 1380, CKPC Brantford is celebrating an incredible THIRTY YEARS on air this September.

In honour of that amazing achievement, we’re pleased to share these excerpts from interviews Jan has conducted with some of the scene’s leading lights.

Click the links on the right to listen.

Stan Rogers, 1982: Starting to write songs

Mary Travers (Peter, Paul & Mary), 1982 : Memories of Greenwhich Village

James Gordon & Randy Sutherland (Tamarack), 1982 – Finding & playing Canadian folk

Oscar Brand, 1982 – Blacklisted by left and right

Paddy Maloney (The Chieftains), 1985 – Touring China, working with Michael Flatley

Gordon Lightfoot, 1989 – Balancing songwriting and touring

Joan Baez, 2010 – Interpreting other artists and turning 70

Congratulations Jan! Happy anniversary to Just Us Folk.

And to all the folk DJs out there: thanks for doing what you do. Keep up the great work!

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  1. avatar
    Jay Moore 28 September, 2011 at 15:50

    Congratulations and thank you for being so dedicated to this work. I will always appreciate you.

    Jay Moore (formerly of the Mill Race Folk Society board).

  2. avatar
    Tom Nunn 17 October, 2011 at 19:38

    Jan: Congratulations and thanks so much for supporting us and so many Canadian folk musicians over the years. Greatly appreciated and all the best,

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