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Ian Tamblyn releases his 30th record, Gyre

Canadian folk-music icon Ian Tamblyn recently released his 30th collection of songs, Gyre. In this conversation with David Newland of RMC, Ian talks about where the CD fits in his huge catalogue of work, the unique journey it explores, folk ...
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Dala reflects on a remarkable 2009

Sheila Carabine and Amanda Walther, aka Dala, have had a memorable 2009. RMC’s David Newland catches up with the duo at Hugh’s Room in Toronto as they prepare to perform for a jam packed house of fans on Thursday, December ...
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Wendell Ferguson’s Cranky Christmas CD/DVD

Multiple Canadian Country Music Guitarist of the Year, and legendarily funny performer Wendell Ferguson released Cranky Christmas at Hugh’s Room nearly three years after the TV-style filming of the event. Wendell shared some tender sentiments about Christmas with RMC’s Andy ...
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Free Times Café turns 29!

Toronto’s roots-music institution Free Times Café celebrated 29 years of business on December 15, 2009 with “It’s Finally Free at Free Times” – a day of free food, music and drink for lucky patrons. David Newland caught up with Free ...
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Bluebird North featuring Paul Quarrington

Bluebird North, a songwriters’ showcase series presented by the Songwriters Association of Canada, and based on Nashville’s famous Bluebird Café, features a different line-up of talented Canadian songwriters each time. On December 12, 2009, Bluebird North included Emm Gryner, Dan ...
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Leon Redbone Interview

In Defense of Tiny Tim Leon Redbone fans may be aware of this magnificent musician and performer’s mysterious, enigmatic ways, especially when it comes to revealing or promoting himself in interviews. After all, have you ever heard of another modern-day ...
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Good Lovelies – Under The Mistletoe

Good Lovelies will have played 142 gigs in 2009, an unbelievable number given that the vast majority – if not all – were in Canada. They have also released two full CDs in the calendar year, Good Lovelies in January ...
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John McDermott – Journeys

We recently had the pleasure of attending several holiday-seasoned concerts in the Southern Ontario region, and chatted a little with some of the headliners. What we learned might surprise you, and will surely delight you. John McDermott is a five-time ...
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CD Review: Travelling Show – The Undesirables

Fans of the  Southern Ontario duo The Undesirables have surely heard poet and lead singer Corin Raymond introduce his musical mate, acoustic guitar wizard Sean Cotton, as “the band”. To audiences, this term comes as no surprise as Corin’s introduction ...
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2009 Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards

The eleventh annual Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards (CAMA) were held in Hamilton, Ontario on Friday, November 27, 2009. The evening was marked by the incredible Buffy Sainte-Marie’s four awards, including Best Album, Best Single, Best Female Artist, Best Songwriter. Frankly, ...