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Fish and Bird reveal a ripe moment

“There are more connections in the human brain than there are stars in the universe” is no ordinary stringband lyric. But Fish and Bird’s Every Whisper Is A Shout Across The Void is no ordinary album by no ordinary band. ...
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How to host a show

We talk a lot on this site about music, but less often about some of the important aspects of presenting music. One that’s close to my own heart is hosting shows. Hosting, in my experience, takes as much preparation and ...
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That ukulele thing

The ukulele must be the magic carpet of musical instruments. Mine has taken me everywhere. For the umpteenth time over the past few years, I’m doing a media interview today, in part based on my work as a ukulele player, ...
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Congratulations, Valdy!

The Canada Day long weekend offered a special moment for celebration this year for folk and roots music fans. Between the flag-waving and the fireworks came the welcome news that that beloved singer-songwriter Valdy is to be admitted as a ...
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Rewind: Steve Poltz hammock chat

Here’s a summer treat: a conversation with Halifax-born San Diego-dwelling master songwriter Steve Poltz. Best known for co-authoring Jewel‘s huge hit, “You Were Meant For Me,” Poltz is a brilliant performer, songwriter, blogger and raconteur in his own right. He ...
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1970 Greenpeace concert still resonates

It may be one of the most compelling live albums ever made – yet chances are, you haven’t heard it. Featuring Joni Mitchell, James Taylor and Phil Ochs all at the height of their powers, Amchitka, the 1970 concert that ...
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Jonathan Byrd flies north and south

By his own assessment, he’s a Carolina guitar-picker, but a Texas songwriter at heart. Yet Jonathan Byrd has found a warm reception here in Canada, with his story-driven songs, wide open ears and deeply honest approach to his art. Jonathan ...
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All for a song with Kevin Closs

Kevin Closs has got the goods: he’s a sweet guitar picker with a gift for lyrical songwriting and a gilded voice. And this Manitoulin Islander (who began as a rocker!) is no newcomer – he got his break at Sudbury’s ...
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Blackie and the Rodeo Kings up the ante

The new Blackie and the Rodeo Kings album Kings and Queens may be the most ambitious project by a Canadian roots band since The Band invited a bunch of friends to join them on stage for the filming of The ...
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Canadian roots hockey song playlist

What a great time to be a Canadian hockey fan: the Jets are on the way back to Winnipeg, as the Vancouver Canucks take on the Bruins in the Stanley Cup finals. While there’s no question who we’re cheering for ...