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Ian Foster and the craft of the song

Newfoundland-based singer-songwriter Ian Foster is in the midst of a highly prolific musical period. On the verge of his fifth studio-album release over the past five years, Foster has quickly gained a reputation on The Rock as an excellent multi-instrumentalist ...
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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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The Little Stevies are off to conquer Canada

Imagine hopping on a large plane and flying all the way from Australia to Canada for your next gig? In your mind, you’d think you had something different to offer – something that might make it worth your while to ...
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Genticorum: voyages and voyageurs

It was quite possibly the perfect evening for three of Canada’s most heart-stirring instrumentalists and singers. The Music Garden at Toronto’s Harbourfront presented Genticorum, staged in a beautiful summer setting replete with the aroma of fresh blossoms, set against a ...
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Layah Jane: movement, music, & meditation

Layah Jane has been receiving accolades from the Canadian music industry since 2005, and her latest CD Honey (reviewed on Roots Music Canada) is, in our opinion, worthy of Juno consideration. In the seven years we’ve known Layah Jane, we have observed ...
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Northern Redemption for the The Abrams Brothers

In all of the old legends, it was John Hartford, Jerry Garcia and Country Gazette who rescued bluegrass music from its near-fatal collision with 60’s television. Unprecedented popular recognition had been awarded to roots music in the early sixties by ...
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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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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 ...