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Ukulele Speakeasy OCFF 2009

So you see, mugs, the Ontario Council of Folk Festivals (OCFF) puts on this conference every October for 800 or so musicians, and there’s these official showcases in the swanky rooms, see? But then there’s two expansive hotel floors of ...
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Top 2009 Galaxie FolkRoots Compilations/Reissues

Following are the Compilations and Reissues that made up the Features of the Month in 2009 on the Galaxie Folk/Roots Channel: Richard Thompson — Walking On a Wire: 1968-2009 — (Shout Factory!/Universal) Alan Stivell — Zoom: 70-95 — (Keltia III/Dreyfus) ...
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Tim Hart remembered

Tim Hart January 9, 1948 – December 24, 2009 We have lost a major piece of folk-rock firmament in the passing of Tim Hart this past December 24th at the age of 61. Hart was a key component of the ...
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Galaxie “Down From the Mountain” Top Spins for 2009

“Down From the Mountain” is the Galaxie Folk/Roots Channel’s regular weekly Bluegrass/Trad program, airing Sundays from 10am to 1pm Eastern 1. (Various) — North To Ontario 2009 — (www.cootmusic.com) 2. The Breakmen — When You Leave Town — (www.thebreakmen.com) 3. ...
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Galaxie FolkRoots Top International Spins of 2009

(Based on high rotation airplay frequency between December 2008 and November 2009 and producer preference): International: 1. Richard Shindell — Not Far Now — (Signature Sounds) 2. Tom Russell — Blood and Candle Smoke — (Shout! Factory/Universal) 3. Al Stewart ...
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Vic Chesnutt remembered

Those who appreciate folk-roots songwriting at its rawest and most honest likely already knew about Vic Chesnutt. Others may only be learning of his work now, in the wake of his tragic death by apparent deliberate overdose on Christmas Day. ...
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Galaxie FolkRoots Top Canadian Spins of 2009

(Based on high rotation airplay frequency between December 2008 and November 2009 and producer preference) Canadian: 1. Woodland Telegraph — Sings Revival Hymns — (Northern Folklore) 2. Great Lake Swimmers — Lost Channels — (weewerk/nettwerk) 3. One Hundred Dollars — ...
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Happy Holidays from Roots Music Canada!

Who better to express the wild and wacky spirit of the season than Bob Dylan? With the festive season fully upon us and 2009 drawing to a close, we’d like to express our thanks to all our visitors and supporters. ...
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Taking a Free Culture Approach to Music

When I tell someone that all of my recordings are downloadable for free, I’m often asked, “but… how will you make money?” “Well,” I’ll respond, “since it doesn’t cost me anything, I may as well let people share and listen ...
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Amanda Rheaume’s Christmas Cheer

How cool is it to release a Christmas CD and then tour it to the North Pole? As you’ll discover in the video interview below, Ottawa singer-songwriter Amanda Rheaume got to find this out recently when she was invited to ...