Rosanne Cash Wants Your Help

Rosanne Cash invites Festival Radio listeners and FolkBlog readers to send requests and questions by twitter to @rosannecash to build the setlist for her first “Live from Zone C” concert she will record in her living room on 11/2.

Tweets should include the hashtag #essentialrc (for Essential Roasanne Cash).  You may also include the hashtag #FolkBlog or #FestivalRadio to indicate where you heard about the event. Songs should be chosen from the Essential Rosanne Cash 2-cd set.  The full track list is after the jump.

The lines for the requesting are open from 10/25 to 10/31.

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Canadian Folk Music Awards 2011 Nominees

Hey, America. They play folk music in Canada, too. Nominees for the Canadian Folk Music Awards,  to be held in Toronto on December 4. A few (fewer than I would like) of these artists can be heard on Festival Radio. More specifically, I’ve given heavy play to the Bruce Cockbur, Ruth Moody, April Verch and Lynn Miles CDs.  Other artists I play regularly (though maybe not the work nominated) are David Francey, Enoch Kent and The Wailin’ Jennys.

2011 CANADIAN FOLK MUSIC AWARDS NOMINEES

TRADITIONAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR / ALBUM TRADITIONNEL DE L’ANNÉE

  • Dave Gunning – a tribute to John Allan Cameron
  • Finest Kind – For Honour & For Gain
  • De Temps Antan – Les Habits de Papier
  • La Volée d’Castors – Le Retour
  • Genticorum – Nagez Rameurs

CONTEMPORARY ALBUM OF THE YEAR /ALBUM CONTEMPORAIN DE L’ANNÉE 

  • Twilight Hotel – When the Wolves Go Blind
  • Les Charbonniers de l’Enfer – Nouvelles fréquentations
  • Lynn Miles – Fall for Beauty
  • Bruce Cockburn – Small Source of Comfort
  • Good Lovelies – Let The Rain Fall

CHILDREN’S ALBUM OF THE YEAR /ALBUM JEUNESSE DE L’ANNÉE 

  • Kathy Reid-Naiman – I Love to Hear the Sounds
  • Benoît Archambault – Les pourquoi
  • Marky Weinstock – Songs For Dreamers
  • Colleen Power with Crooked Stovepipe – For Little Ones
  • Will Stroet – Walk & Roll

TRADITIONAL SINGER OF THE YEAR /CHANTEUR TRADITIONNEL DE L’ANNÉE

  • Enoch Kent – Take A Trip With Me
  • Dave Gunning – a tribute to John Allan Cameron
  • Lizzy Hoyt – Home
  • Eileen McGann – Pocketful Of Rhymes
  • Joel Fafard – Cluck Old Hen

CONTEMPORARY SINGER OF THE YEAR /CHANTEUR CONTEMPORAIN DE L’ANNÉE

  • David Myles – Live at the Carleton
  • Suzie Vinnick – Me ‘n’ Mabel
  • Cat Jahnke – The Stories are Taking Their Toll
  • Bruce Cockburn – Small Source of Comfort
  • Matthew Barber – Matthew Barber

INSTRUMENTAL SOLO ARTIST OF THE YEAR /ALBUM INSTRUMENTAL DE L’ANNÉE – SOLO

  • Jayme Stone – Room of Wonders
  • Jaron Freeman-Fox – Manic Almanac : Slow Möbius
  • Anne Lindsay – Hurry On Home
  • April Verch – That’s How We Run
  • Don Ross – Breakfast for Dogs

INSTRUMENTAL GROUP OF THE YEAR /ALBUM INSTRUMENTAL DE L’ANNÉE – GROUPE

  • The Creaking Tree String Quartet – Sundogs
  • Qristina & Quinn Bachand – Family
  • MAZ – Télescope
  • Eh?! – Eh?!
  • RAZ-DE-MARÉE/TIDAL WAVE – Marche du St-Laurent

VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR /GROUPE VOCAL DE L’ANNÉE

  • Finest Kind – For Honour & For Gain
  • Les Charbonniers de l’Enfer – Nouvelles fréquentations
  • The Wailin’ Jennys – Bright Morning Stars
  • Good Lovelies – Let The Rain Fall
  • Genticorum – Nagez Rameurs

ENSEMBLE OF THE YEAR /GROUPE DE L’ANNÉE

  • The Creaking Tree String Quartet – Sundogs
  • MAZ – Télescope
  • The Wailin’ Jennys – Bright Morning Stars
  • Harry Manx & Kevin Breit – Strictly Whatever
  • Genticorum – Nagez Rameurs

SOLO ARTIST OF THE YEAR /ARTISTE SOLO DE L’ANNÉE 

  • Ken Whiteley – Another Day’s Journey
  • Mae Moore – Folklore
  • David Francey – Late Edition
  • Bruce Cockburn – Small Source of Comfort
  • Ruth Moody – The Garden

ENGLISH SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR /AUTEUR-COMPOSITEUR ANGLOPHONE DE L’ANNÉE 

  • Ron Hynes – Stealing Genius
  • David Francey – Late Edition
  • Mae Moore – Folklore
  • Lynn Miles – Fall for Beauty
  • Bruce Cockburn – Small Source of Comfort

FRENCH SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR /AUTEUR-COMPOSITEUR FRANCOPHONE DE L’ANNÉE 

  • Jean-François Lessard – Jean-François Lessard
  • Alexandre Poulin – Une lumière allumée
  • Claude Cormier – Acoustique
  • Les Surveillantes – La racine carrée du coeur

ABORIGINAL SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR /AUTEUR-COMPOSITEUR AUTOCHTONE DE L’ANNÉE 

  • Vince Fontaine – Songs For Turtle Island
  • Robert Davidson & Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson – New Journeys
  • janet panic – Samples
  • Don Amero – The Long Way Home
  • Kristi Lane Sinclair – I Love You

WORLD ARTIST OF THE YEAR – SOLO /ARTISTE DE MUSIQUES DU MONDE DE L’ANNÉE – SOLO

  • Lenka Lichtenberg – Fray
  • Massiel Yanira – Una Voz
  • Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson – New Journeys
  • Zekuhl – I BOLO
  • Kiran Ahluwalia – aam zameen : common ground

WORLD ARTIST OF THE YEAR – GROUP /ARTISTE DE MUSIQUES DU MONDE DE L’ANNÉE – GROUPE

  • Ouzo Power – Greatest Hits (Volume 1)
  • Nizar Tabcharani & The Backstrings – Bayati Ana
  • Trio Bembe – Oh My Soul
  • MAZ – Télescope
  • Minor Empire – Second Nature

NEW/EMERGING ARTIST OF THE YEAR /ARTISTE DE LA RELÈVE DE L’ANNÉE

  • Dave Gunning – a tribute to John Allan Cameron
  • Andrea Ramolo – The Shadows and the Cracks
  • Ruth Moody – The Garden
  • Ashley Condon – Come In From The Cold
  • Joe Nolan – Goodbye Cinderella

PRODUCER OF THE YEAR / RÉALISATEUR DE L’ANNÉE

  • Dave Gunning w/ Allie Bennett & John Meir – a tribute to John Allan Cameron (Dave Gunning)
  • Paul Mills – Stealing Genius (Ron Hynes)
  • Steve Bell, Dave Zeglinski, Murray Pulver – Kindness (Steve Bell)
  • David Travers-Smith – Soon The Birds (Oh Susanna)
  • Mark Howard – Bright Morning Stars (The Wailin’ Jennys)

PUSHING THE BOUNDARIES /PRIX INNOVATION MUSICALE

  • New Country Rehab – New Country Rehab
  • Twilight Hotel – When the Wolves Go Blind
  • Jaron Freeman-Fox – Manic Almanac : Slow Möbius
  • Ruth Moody – The Garden
  • Evalyn Parry – SPIN
  • Geoff Berner – Victory Party

YOUNG PERFORMER OF THE YEAR /JEUNE ARTISTE DE L’ANNÉE

  • Qristina & Quinn Bachand – Family
  • Olivia Korkola – Playing in Traffic
  • Rebecca Lappa – Not in Neverland
  • Molly Thomason – Beauty Queen
  • The Doll Sisters – The Road – EP

 

Bert Jansch Has Died

Bert Jansch,  Scottish guitarist best known for his work with seminal British folk group The Pentangle, has died of cancer at age 67. More here.

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Liz Meyer Has Passed Away

American by birth, Liz Meyer has lived in Europe since 1985 and has been active in promoting bluegrass and American roots music on the continent. She has been a performer, songwriter, producer and the creative force behind the European World of Bluegrass festival and workshops.  I have played her music on Festival Radio.

A more thorough obituary is available on The Bluegrass Blog.

Celebrate Canada – 2011

Note from woodsmeister  – This is a guest article from regular FolkBlog contributor and Australian correspondent Sue Barrett.  Published by permission.  All rights, credits, plaudits, etc., belong to her alone.

Celebrate Canada – 2011

By Sue Barrett

 

Be who you are! It’s the best course to take!
Stick to your own kind,
Although your heart may break,
Think of your mother, how it would bring her joy
If you dated a Canadian boy

(Nancy White – ‘Ballad of the Wannabe’, Stickers on Fruit)

When Elizabeth Taylor died earlier this year, American singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash shared a story via Twitter about how the film star (born 27 February 1932) used to send a birthday telegram every year to Rosanne’s father Johnny Cash (born 26 February 1932), which read: “Remember, I’m younger than you!”.

Amongst Johnny Cash’s music is a live album recorded in 1969 at San Quentin State Prison (Johnny Cash at San Quentin), with its intriguing line: ’cause I’m the *bleep* who named you “Sue”. Of course, these days, the bleep has been demystified, courtesy of YouTube (www.youtube.com/watch?v=T678ic45k98)!

Canadian Buffy Sainte-Marie is another *bleeped* performer, with at least one of her singles (‘She Used to Wanna be a Ballerina’/ ‘Moratorium’) affected – *bleep* the war and bring our brothers home.

Some time after Johnny and Buffy released their records, two American performers met at a folk festival in Toronto – Cathy Fink (who had spent a number of years living in Canada) and Marcy Marxer. Later, working as a duo, Fink and Marxer included the Lou and Peter Berryman *bleeped* song, ‘A Chat With Your Mother’ (aka The F-Word Song), on their 1995 album, A Parents’ Home Companion.

Also appearing on A Parents’ Home Companion is Canadian Nancy White’s song, ‘Daughters of Feminists’ (“How do they get so girlie? How come they want a Barbie?”). Nancy White (www.myspace.com/nancywhitemusic) has two musician daughters – Suzy Wilde (StoneFox, Flashlight Radio) and Maddy Wilde (Spiral Beach).

In Canada, at this time of year, there is a series of Celebrate Canada events – National Aboriginal Day (21 June), Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day (24 June), Canadian Multiculturalism Day (27 June) and Canada Day (1 July).

Six musicians from Canada now share their story – Mary Kastle (Vancouver), Annette Campagne (Regina), Little Hawk (Winnipeg), S. Lynn Phillips (Random Order) (Toronto), Faith Nolan (Toronto) and Tanya Davis (Halifax).

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Bruce Cockburn, McGarrigles Honored with Canadian Postage Stamp

Canada has the right idea about many things, including this one – honor your  artistic legends while they are living. Bruce Cockburn, along with Kate and Anna McGarrigle, Robbie Robertson & Ginette Reno will be honored with postage stamps in the Canadian Recording Artist stamp series.  Alas, Kate McGarrigle did not live to see the day, though the other artists honored are still living.  For those who may not be familiar with her, Ginette Reno records mostly in French and has put out over 60 albums.

Rebecca Loebe – Bees, Zombies and The Voice

Just found out that one of my favorite young singer/songwriters, Rebecca Loebe, will be appearing as one of the contestants on the new NBC show The Voice tomorrow night (4/26). So, check the TV schedules in your region.  And, so you’ll recognize her when she comes on, here’s a brand new video for her song, “The Bees.”

Folk Pioneer Jack Hardy Has Died

Jack Hardy, a leading light of the New York City folk music scene and mentor to singer/songwriters such as John Gorka and Christine Lavin, has died. Hardy hosted a regular dinner at his home for singer/songwriters, and was instrumental in forming a club for folk singer/songwriters in which they could hone their craft, as well as the Fast Folk Music Magazine.

Some more information on Jack Hardy:

I’ll update this post as I learn more.

The Very Best of Stan Rogers

For years, many in the folk community have been begging for a collection of the best of Canadian folk legend Stan Rogers. Finally, it has been released on Borealis Records. If you are unclear as to why Stan Rogers is worth your time, see the video above. The CD is available on Amazon as an import, but I recommend buying directly from Borealis Records. I’m not affiliated with Borealis Records in any way, so I don’t get a cut.

Buy The Very Best of Stan Rogers

Oysterband to Record Again With June Tabor

Oysterband has posted to Facebook their intent to enter the studio soon to record a new album with June Tabor:

We’re in making-a-record mode at the moment, and will be going into Rockfield Studios very soon with June Tabor. 21 years after Freedom and Rain, we thought it really was about time to make a follow-up. Freedom and Rain took us to many strange places, so who knows what might happen this time?

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