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Lhasa de Sela remembered

Canada has lost a true musical luminary with the recent passing of Lhasa de Sela on New Year’s Day in Montreal. Words fail me when I try to describe Lhasa’s artistry. How can one describe a voice that was by ...
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Lhasa de Sela has died

Official press release For immediate release In Montreal, Canada: Sunday January 3rd, 2010 The singer Lhasa de Sela passed away in her Montreal home on the night of January 1st 2010, just before midnight. She succumbed to breast cancer after ...
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Baffled Songwriters in Cyberspace

The word was “rhapsody”. I was looking for a rhyme for it.  Ever since I was twelve years old, I’ve puzzled over lyric lines, looking for the right word to fit into the right space. When I get stuck, or ...
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CD Review: Jory Nash – New Blue Day

‘I am the orator and I’m a-looking for a fire to kindle…’ I enjoy the singer-songwriter genre a lot, but its pitfall – the thing that can drive me ‘round the bend – is that it can all start sounding ...
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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. ...