This week is a pre-recorded show, because I'm off at the 2006 Calgary Folk Festival. Just for fun, we're rerunning the episode that I put together for when I was attending the 2004 Calgary Folk Festival, so you'll hear me yapping and bragging about a festival (and upcoming concerts) from 2 years ago! Imagine how confusing that will be for people who just tune in on the radio! HA!
I took off out of town, to catch the Calgary Folk Fest, and we're giving the old T-Bar a week off. He's earned it. In our absence, a classic episode from the past. This one is from July 7, 2005, when we were away at the WInnipeg Folk Festival, so you'll hear me yapping about last year's festival. The show does, however, feature an interesting interview with Willy Porter, who was at last year's festival. This is a super-sized show, a full 2 hours of music and pointless yammering! Enjoy!
Hard to believe it's over for another year, but another Winnipeg Folk Festival has come and gone. Of course there were some highlights and some celebrity encounters, the tales of which made up much of today's show.
But over the past few weeks there's been a ton of new CDs that have found their way into my collection, and the rest of the show was made up of some great new arrivals.
Nobody tells a good Folk Fest story like our pal T-Bar, and boy did we have some stories to tell this year. And just to prove that they were true for a change, we finally called upon Terry's wife, Terry (Corky) to back him up.
Also, we spoke to former Canadian Idol contestant Keith Macpherson of Easily Amused to chat about that silly little contest. He'll always be our Canadian Idol.
I love doing this show and I try to take it as seriously as possible and always work hard for you. I always try to make sure there's a good show on the air every Sunday (it may or not be mine, but there's always options ;~)) But this week, the show on sure ain't gonna be live. Folk Fest is on! You didn't think I was going to come in on Folk Fest weekend, did you? And since all good listeners should be at Folk Fest anyway (except for Allison and Art, who are excused but who should try to come out some year), I'm not putting together a new show. Instead, we'll fire up the TTBTGH time machine again and travel way back to May 30, 2004. It's a good show and it's all put together right there for me (yeah, I'm lazy.)
Here's what I had to say about the show at the time:
Pretaped. Part of the second annual Tell the Band to Go Home Invitational Event, where I invite other local music fans to come and program the show. This year, there were twice as many weeks to pretape, so more guests and more fun. I always learn a lot by inviting new people to play songs on the show. Just when I think I know just about everything about singer/songwriters, I’m humbled by the talents of my guests. This week, I was off with my co-hosts on Steel Belted Free Range Radio (www.steelbeltedradio.com) to see Steve Forbert at Hugh’s Room in Toronto. What a road trip.
Meanwhile, back at the ranch, through the miracle of modern digital recording, I was joined on the show by Jenny Western, host of Hit the Big Wide Strum, Pal, CKUW 95.9 fm’s weekly bluegrass program. Judging by her appearance this week, she knows a heck of a lot more than just bluegrass.
It's my favourite time of the year and time for my favourite show of the year, as we look forward to the Winnipeg Folk Festival. Lots of great artists appearing as always, and we'll tell you where to be and who not to miss.
Note: this show was pre-recorded at home, and I experienced some strange technical difficulties. There are occasional skips & glitches when I speak (not to mention the stutters and mistakes that you've come to expect.) They're pretty minor but just in case you were wondering, your record player doesn't need a new needle, it's just my silly computer acting up for unknown reasons.