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Mike Regenstreif remembers Laura Smith (1952-2020)

Beloved east coast singer-songwriter Laura Smith passed away yesterday at the age of 67 after a brief battle with cancer. Mike Regenstreif was one of many in the Canadian Roots Music community who was touched by her friendship.  Mike is ...
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Leonard Cohen – Thanks for the Dance

Mike Regenstreif has written about folk music since the 1970s for Sing Out, the Montreal Gazette and other outlets.  He reviews new albums on his blog at frfb.blogspot.com.  We’re super thrilled that he shared with us his review of the ...
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Festival Folk sur le canal thrives in Montreal

I spent much of last weekend having a fine old time at the fourth annual Festival Folk sur le canal at the Terrasse St-Ambroise on the grounds of the McAuslan Brewery on the Lachine Canal in Montreal. For the first ...
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Remembering Kate McGarrigle

(from Folk Roots/Folk Branches ) I’ve been thinking a lot about Kate McGarrigle since waking up Tuesday morning to the sad news that my old friend and colleague passed away Monday night after fighting cancer so bravely over the past ...
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Folk Roots, Folk Branches 2009 Top 20

Here are my picks for the Top 20 folk-rooted or folk-branched albums of 2009. There were several other worthy albums that could have easily been on the list; and they might well have been had I compiled the list on ...