Monthly Archives: November 2018

Album review

De Temps Antan – Consolez-Vous

They’re back! And, they’re better than ever. Quebec power trio De Temps Antan had a recent shakeup with fiddler André Brunet moving on, only to be very ably replaced by David Boulanger, another fantastic master of the Québecois “violon.” Yes, ...
New music in our mailbox!

Meiwa, Diemm, Fear of Drinking, Nina Lynn, and Matt Mays

Gordy the Moose presents some of his favourite new music from the submissions that have arrived in the Roots Music Canada virtual mailbox. Meiwa – “Wonder” (Release date: June 1, 2018) Intimate, minimalist, sophisticated.  These are just some of the words ...
Concert review

Alan Doyle at the Brockville Arts Centre

It was a lovely old soft seat theatre in eastern Ontario with a history stretching back to 1858 that was the venue for this superb concert by Newfoundland’s Alan Doyle. For 20 years, Alan was at the heart of the ...
Album review

Madeleine Roger – Cottonwood

Like shade at the end of a long summer day, Madeleine Roger’s new album, Cottonwood, released last month, spreads a balm across many of the hot anxieties of our temporal life. Glens of casual confidence and freshets of contentedness open ...
News

A rogue update from the Rogue Folk Club

What an incredible month of October we had at the Rogue Folk Club in Vancouver! I don’t just mean weather-wise either. There were some truly wonderful concerts at the Rogue – and elsewhere around town – all month long, and, ...
Feature

Five questions with Kristin Sweetland

Singer-songwriter and fingerstyle guitarist Kristin Sweetland has chosen a novel way to release her brand new album.  It’s not actually an album at all in the traditional sense of the word.  Nor is it an EP.  It’s a series of ...
Feature

Seven Canadian roots songs about the Canadian war experience

In honour of Remembrance Day tomorrow, we here at Roots Music Canada have compiled some of the best Canadian songs we know about Canada’s role in war – whether they be about the soldiers who fought, the conscientious objectors who ...
Album review

Jay Aymar: Your Perfect Matador

It is a rare pleasure to behold the work of a fully realized artist at his creative peak. Jay Aymar’s Your Perfect Matador is one of those records. I’ve known Jay and his music for at least a decade, and ...
Album review

Cotillion: Tinker’s Wagon

Need a fun listen while you put off going outside to sweep the autumn leaves? Check out the new toe-tapping recording by three venerable Newfoundland musicians: Hugh Scott, Gerry Strong and Dave Panting, who together comprise Cotillion. A series of ...
News

Happy Birthday, Joni Mitchell

Joni Mitchell, born Roberta Anderson, Nov., 1943 in Fort Macleod Alta., has made songs, paintings and honest declarations of her demand for freedom (and struggles with bondage) all her life. She has suffered abuse by the media, partners and her ...