Today’s show is pre-recorded, because John Wort Hannam is playing at The Sunset Saloon! He hasn’t been back to Winnipeg since 2010, when he dropped by the studio with his trio to chat and play some of his great songs. Today we look back at that visit and replay that great session. At the time, John Wort Hannam was touring with Austin singer/songwriter Danny Schmidt, so we’ll take a trip back to that one as well. Along with the old, we’ve got some current upcoming shows to preview.
Our friends The Other Brothers are back in action and ready to release a new album, “Everything Can Change.” They stop in to spin some tracks from it, chat, and perform live! We’ve also got new releases and Skydiggers memories.
Tonight, a visit by one of the finest songwriters to ever emerge from Winnipeg, Jeffrey Hatcher. In working with bands like The Fuse, The Six, Jeffrey Hatcher and the Big Beat, and the legendary Blue Shadows, Hatcher has cemented his reputation as one of this country's finest. Now, he returns with a great new disc featuring his brothers and longtime bandmates, Hatcher-Briggs.
It's Canada Day, up Canada Way once again, and you know how much we love to celebrate great Canadian music. It's also a celebration of 6 years of hosting shows on UMFM for me (my first real hosting gig was a Canada Day celebration show on July 2, 2001). There's much going on as far as live music this weekend, including some great local acts playing, and then a special day-after-Canada-Day show featuring a great American, Hayes Carll tomorrow!
Featuring a special visit live in-studio by a couple of fantastic singer/songwriters right up our Steel Belted alley, Romi Mayes and Dustin Bentall!
Sometimes a guy just gets lucky and ends up in the right place at the right time. Today was such a day. With the Western Canadian Music Awards & festival in town and a lot of great musicians hanging around all weekend, there wasn't much I could do but invite a bunch of them in, and luckily for me, a few of the greatest agreed to drop by. What happens when you throw Ken Beattie of Radiogram, Leeroy Stagger, John Ellis, and Dustin Bentall in a room together with a few acoustic guitars. Magic. Tune in and find out for yourself. This was a show not to be missed and not to be forgotten. Thanks so much to my great guests for making this possible. Truly an amazing way to cap off a great weekend of music.
It’s nice to remember that in summer, there’s more going on than just folk festivals. To remind us of that, we were visited by a couple of great live guests, who dropped by to sing and chat about upcoming non-festival appearances.
First up, singer/songwriter Kim Beggs came in all the way from the Yukon to appear on the show. Sure, she’s got a concert coming up on Aug. 10 with Christine Fellows and Kim Barlow, but I like to think that I’m the real reason she came to Winnipeg. I’m a dreamer, what can I say.
Then, another visit by one of our most frequent, and definitely one of our favourite guests, JP Hoe. Hoe’s got a show coming up on Aug. 16 at the West End, and he dropped by to plead for people to attend, and he gave his best sales pitch by singing and playing for us. I know I’m going to that show.
Then, my own plea for you to attend an upcoming show featuring one of the world’s great underrated songwriters, Australia’s Paul Kelly. Paul stops by the WECC on Wednesday, Aug. 9, and man, it’s gonna be good.