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A western Canadian tribute to Newfoundland icons: Buddy Wasisname ...

What if I told you there was a Canadian band winding down its final cross-Canada tour? What if I told you this band has been touring Canada and performing for over 35 years? What if I told you this band ...
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Raine Hamilton is on tour with American Sign Language interpretation

Josh:  Hello Raine, my name is Josh Forbes, and I’m coming to you today from Calgary, Alberta. Where have we found you today? Raine:  Hi! I just finished sound-checking at a show in Langley, B.C.!  I am outside. There is ...
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John Wort Hannam talks change and depression with Josh Forbes

Juno nominated Alberta singer-songwriter John Wort Hannam released his brand new album on Sept. 7.  Josh Forbes spoke to him for Roots Music Canada. Josh: Can you tell me a little bit about John Wort Hannam? What’s your background? Where ...
Album review

Gordie Tentrees – Grit

When I was asked if I would listen to a new album by a fella from Whitehorse, I got very excited. Unbeknownst to my editor I grew up in a small town in the Yukon. My mind wandered through the ...
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Reflections on festival access for people with disabilities

I have been asked to write about my experience both as a volunteer and as just a plain old festival-goer with a disability. Some of you may know that I have a type of multiple sclerosis or MS that has ...
Concert review

Sunday at the Calgary Folk Music Festival (child in tow!)

Okay, Sunday morning at the Calgary Folk Music Festival requires an entirely new plan of attack. This starts at home with waking up a rather cranky 12-year-old boy and forcing him to hang out with his dad and listen to ...
Concert review

Saturday at the Calgary Folk Music Festival

Ok, a plan is definitely needed in order to get as much enjoyment out of a music festival as possible. I pulled out my trusty smart phone with the official Calgary Folk Music Festival app and made a detailed plan ...
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6 things Josh Forbes learned volunteering at the Calgary Folk ...

Roots Music Canada writer Josh Forbes is attending the Calgary Folk Fest in two capacities this year:  as a volunteer and as a reporter for us!  He’ll be writing here both about the music and about his experiences as a ...
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Cara Luft comes home to the Calgary Folk Fest with ...

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I set up my phone interview with Cara Luft who is one half of the Canadian folk music duo The Small Glories. I wasn’t sure what to expect because, well, I had never ...
Album review

Tanga – Reencarnacion

The night was almost perfect. I had just picked up a new book from Owls Nest Books, deemed to be Calgary’s oldest bookstore, with over 40 years in business. It’s one of those fantastic little gems you rarely find anymore. ...