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Rosemary Phelan, “What sings in the blood”

“What Sings in the Blood”, Rosemary Phelan’s third CD release in as many years, is an inspiring and reassuring collection of modern roots songs: a healing offering of love for a wounded world. Many of the songs have a contemplative, ...
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Happy 50th Birthday Mariposa!

We’re off to Mariposa this weekend, where we’ll be hosting and conducting interviews. Here’s a look back to the time we had at last year’s festival – the 50th! The Roots Music Canada team had a tremendous time as guests ...
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2010 Summer Folk/Roots Series:

Elphin Roots Festival, June 26, 2010

The rustic and rural Lanark Highlands in Eastern Ontario is the perfect setting for the “Elphin Roots Fest”.  Elphin is the home of double-Juno-winner Jenny Whiteley & music/life partner Joey Wright. The annual one-day Elphin Roots Festival is programmed by Jenny, ...
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Mariposa Magic

Photographer Robin LeBlanc caught these incredible candid shots at the Mariposa Folk Festival on its 50th anniversary, July 9-11 2010. Catch more of Robin’s superb photography at Flickr, or email Robin for information about prints. And watch for more Mariposa ...
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Dr. Pinkham’s Medicine Show

Many Roots Music Canada readers have probably heard about Dr. Pinkham’s Medicine Show – featuring Allison Brown, Leah Morise, and Manitoba Hal – as the three artists (in this case, two) cris-cross the country. Our reviewer caught the show in ...
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CD/Concert Review

David Celia: I Tried

I’ve had the opportunity to hear David Celia’s new album I Tried in many different settings since its release a few weeks ago: in the van, amongst friends, with a book, and on speakers great and small. Never once have ...
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2010 Summer Folk/Roots Series:

Toronto City Roots Festival June ...

One of the many joys of attending multiple folk festivals every summer is the discovery of each one’s inherent uniqueness. From picturesque country settings dotted with lawn chairs and rows of port-o-potties, to historic urban settings dotted with tourists and ...
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CD launch: Kevin Breit

“Simple Earnest Plea”

All photos by James Dean Kevin Breit released his first ever singer/songwriter album, entitled “Simple Earnest Plea” on Tuesday, June 22nd at Hugh’s Room in Toronto. Kevin’s songs have been recorded by many others including Norah Jones but this album ...
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Jon Brooks – Three Major US Awards

King City Ontario’s Jon Brooks has had quite the year. In September of 2009, he won the Canadian regional finals for the Mountain Stage Song Contest (West Virginia). In May 2010 , he was one of six winners in the Kerrville ...
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2010 Summer Folk/Roots Series:

Montreal Sur le Canal June ...

We begin what we hope will be an exhaustive video series on the dozens of folk/roots festivals across Canada with a look at “On the Canal Festival / Folk sur le Canal” in Montreal. Entering its third year, Matt Large, ...