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Dear Mother Maple: SPEAK UP, WILL YA?!

No letter of advice this time, dearies. Mother’s concerned about something that she’s been seeing on that Maplepost e-mail list this week, and that’s hearing loss. I know people who can’t hear certain frequencies any more because of a feedback ...
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Dear Mother Maple: The sincerest form of flattery?

Dear Mother Maple: I love music, and I particularly like small concerts or house concerts because you get to interact with the performer. A few weeks ago, I was at a house concert, and I got to talk to one ...
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Dear Mother Maple: Tiptoe, through the…

Dear Mother Maple: What is it with these freakin’ ukuleles everywhere? Doesn’t anyone want a full-size musical instrument anymore? Bassman Dear Bassman: First off, dear: have you thought of moving from your regular double-double to some green tea? Now, to ...
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Dear Mother Maple: it’s going to be a bumpy night.

Dear Mother Maple: I was doing a show a few weeks ago with an opening act that I’d never worked with before. I was shocked when instead of his 30-minute agreed-on set, he went for almost an hour! What should ...
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Dear Mother Maple: brrrfl whmf da shndt?

Dear Mother Maple: Who are these people who run the sound at our clubs and do they ever listen to the artists they are running the PA for? I am tired of trying to pick out musical details and lyrics ...
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Dear Mother Maple: forgetting your roots?!

It’s been ever so much fun reading your comments, dearies. And I am so glad to get this question from Calgary. Why, I remember John Allan Cameron asking me to iron his shirts at the 1980 Calgary Folk Festival. What ...
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Dear Mother Maple: house concert conundrum

Welcome to the first instalment of Dear Mother Maple, where there are no stupid questions. There are only stupid people with questions. I’m just kidding you, my dears! The lovely young boys behind Roots Music Canada have asked me to ...