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Listening in All the High Places illustration by John Kricfalusi

Thursday, November 16, 2017

CFMA's 2017 ~ Folk Summit on the Rideau

A fake statistician could theoretically make the case that Canadians are more familiar with the live performance of folk music than with any other style. We winter in dens where guitars, accordions and fiddles feather those gatherings drawn to fireplaces and craft beers and the supreme summer souvenir is often a shot of a dear one, singing into a bonfire with a song by a Gord or a Joni or a Joel incandescent in their eyes, and their friend with a harmonica huddling in for a photo bomb.  

Celebrating this most social of empathetic arts is the delightful duty of the Canadian Folk Music Awards, which pops up in major cities on the brink of winter every year for the past dozen years. I shall be journeying up to the nation's upper case as the event returns to Ottawa this weekend, regretfully abandoning my show for another week. Many friends of the Orbit are contestants and performers. My friend, award-winning photographer Leonard Poole will be capturing the action for the blog.

 I will be back on the 24th with a studio visit from Kevin Breit and a sheaf of new Canadian music from the far folk frontiers.

The awards ceremony is broadcast here CFMA's 2017


Traditional Album of the Year

  • Cassie and Maggie - The Willow Collection

  • Jenny Whiteley - The Original Jenny Whiteley

  • André Brunet - La grosse maison rouge

  • Còig - Rove

  • Jayme Stone - Jayme Stone's Folklife

Contemporary Album of the Year

  • Abigail Lapell - Hide Nor Hair

  • The Fretless - Bird's Nest

  • Tomato Tomato - I Go Where You Go

  • Leif Vollebekk - Twin Solitude

  • Braden Gates - Much Rather Be Sleeping

Children’s Album of the Year

  • Ginalina - Home Is Family

  • Jessie Farrell - Chirp Chirp Happy

  • Stella Swanson and the Rosie Joyfuls - Pants on Backwards

  • Madame Diva et Micah le jeune voyageur - Zing-E-Zing!

  • Fred Penner - Hear The Music

Traditional Singer of the Year

  • Hannah Shira Naiman - Know The Mountain

  • Cassie and Maggie - The Willow Collection

  • Mélisande Gelinas-Fauteux (of Mélisande [Électrotrad]) - Les millésimes

  • Sarah Jane Scouten - When the Bloom Falls From the Rose

  • Dave Penny - All Turned Around

Contemporary Singer of the Year

  • Lisa LeBlanc - Why You Wanna Leave, Runaway Queen?

  • Coco Love Alcorn - Wonderland

  • Abigail Lapell - Hide Nor Hair

  • Stephen Fearing - Every Soul's A Sailor

  • Oh Susanna - A Girl In Teen City

Instrumental Solo Artist of the Year

  • Roberto López - Criollo Electrik

  • Maneli Jamal - The Mardom Movement

  • Glenn Chatten - Dragonfly

  • André Brunet - La grosse maison rouge

  • Don Ross - A Million Brazilian Civilians

Instrumental Group of the Year

  • MacIsaac and MacKenzie - The Bay Street Sessions

  • The Fretless - Bird's Nest

  • Beyond The Pale - Ruckus

  • Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy - A Celtic Family Christmas

  • Scott Macmillan & Colin Grant - Good2Go

English Songwriter of the Year

  • Ken Yates - Huntsville

  • Scott Cook - Further Down the Line

  • Amelia Curran - Watershed

  • Stephen Fearing - Every Soul's A Sailor

  • Oh Susanna - A Girl In Teen City

French Songwriter of the Year

  • Luc De Larochellière - Autre monde

  • Philippe B - La grande nuit vidéo

  • Vivianne Roy, Katrine Nöel & Julie Aubé (of Les Hay Babies) - La 4ième dimension (version longue)

  • Patrice Michaud - Almanach

  • Catherine Durand - La pluie entre nous

Aboriginal Songwriter of the Year

  • Julian Taylor, Kinnie Starr, John Parente & Bill Bell (of Julian Taylor Band) - Desert Star

  • Cindy Paul - The Flight

  • Chelsey June & Jaaji (of Twin Flames) - Signal Fire

  • Desiree Dorion - Tough Street

  • Lisa Muswagon - Buffalo and Rabbits

Vocal Group of the Year

  • The Big East - Hungry Ghosts

  • Coco Méliès - The Riddle

  • Cassie and Maggie - The Willow Collection

  • Twin Flames - Signal Fire

  • The Bombadils - New Shoes

Ensemble of the Year

  • Cassie and Maggie - The Willow Collection

  • Silent Winters - Fireworks & a Small Brigade

  • 100 mile house - Hiraeth

  • The Jerry Cans - Inuusiq

  • Mama's Broke - Count the Wicked

Solo Artist of the Year

  • Zachary Lucky - Everywhere A Man Can Be

  • BEYRIES - Landing

  • Amelia Curran - Watershed

  • Leeroy Stagger - Love Versus

  • Stephen Fearing - Every Soul's A Sailor

World Solo Artist of the Year

  • Briga - Femme

  • Maneli Jamal - The Mardom Movement

  • Louis Simão - A Luz (The Light)

  • Farnaz Ohadi & The Mashregh Ensemble - Bird Dance

  • Kelly Bado - Entre deux

World Group of the Year

  • MAZ - ID

  • Kobo Town - Where The Galleon Sank

  • Turkwaz - Nazar

  • Twin Flames - Signal Fire

  • Beyond The Pale - Ruckus

New/Emerging Artist of the Year

  • Ken Yates - Huntsville

  • Hidden Roots Collective - Come Up, Honey

  • Braden Gates - Much Rather Be Sleeping

  • Silent Winters - Fireworks & a Small Brigade

  • The Bombadils - New Shoes

Producer of the Year

  • Danny Michel and Rob Carli - Khlebnikov (Danny Michel)

  • Joel Plaskett - Solidarity (Bill & Joel Plaskett)

  • Amelia Curran and Chris Stringer - Watershed (Amelia Curran)

  • Stephen Fearing and David Travers-Smith - Every Soul's A Sailor (Stephen Fearing)

  • Jim Bryson - A Girl In Teen City (Oh Susanna)

Pushing the Boundaries

  • Danny Michel - Khlebnikov

  • Turkwaz - Nazar

  • Tanya Tagaq - Retribution

  • Mélisande [Électrotrad] - Les millésimes

  • Shreem - Celtic Remixing

Young Performer of the Year

  • The Wolfe - The Wolfe

  • Keltie Monaghan - Someone Tell Her

  • John Muirhead - Yesterday's Smile

  • Quin Etheridge-Pedden - Embark

  • Moscow Apartment - Demo

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Kim Beggs ~ Said Little Sparrow Review

A straight path never leads anywhere except to the objective. - André Gide

Comes the cold weather and here’s Kim Beggs with a boiling remedy.

Said Little Sparrow is an ornate ceramic cup of songs, self-produced, hand-painted and flashing with guitar constellations, but gooey with dark caramel fiddles and weissenborns and lemony lyrics on the inside, shimmering with reverb and as hot as a fevered night sweat.
She brings us tales from the roadside of love, and the brink of forgiveness, sharing her terrors and comforts through a special recipe of images, memories and incidents. She carries us down the tailings trough of her ever-wandering life story, scooping out nuggets of narrative that glisten in the listener's ear. 

With cautionary history lessons, in Blister and Hurts The Worst, mystery lessons, in Heart In A Bucket and Frozen Horizon, and the absolute ice of her startling interpretation of See That My Grave Is Kept Clean, Kim Beggs opens our hearts with the subdued gaiety and confidence of her voice and the authoritative solidarity of her hand-picked musical team. Burke Carroll`s pedal steel, Sam Allison`s banjo and John Showman`s fiddle all galvanize the nighttime crispness with shades of melancholy, while the pathways are surveyed and lit clearly by the familiar rhythm section of Brian Kobayakawa, Michelle Josef, Justin Haynes and David Baxter. Golden lacing is added by the harmonies of Oh Susana and Nicole Edwards and by the metallurgic magic of David Travers-Smith`s mix.

Kim is in full control of her musical hospice, which she runs as a low barrier drop-in, with lyrics and chord instructions cheerfully provided for conflict resolution and harm reduction. The meticulous booklet is also a family album and gallery guide, tucked inside a triple gatefold artisanal jacket. 

With a cross country ramble almost completed, Kim and her road compadre Marcel Desilets have been carrying these songs from town to town across the country as a duo. Jump soon to find them and hear them. Or for those who prefer to stay at home to get well with rest and liquids, there is a video of lead song Vampire Love Song recently debuted.

Kim tells her stories in a roundabout way that keeps the listener`s  ears alive and alert and returning to 
Said Little Sparrow 
for extra encouragement and release.

 Keep on stirring and it will fix you up fine.

   Listen And Buy Here At Kim Beggs' Store

Kim at Radio Regent Studio September 2017 
Podcast : Kim Beggs on Corby's Orbit September 2017 

Friday, November 10, 2017

Howard, Harley & Haram ~ Today's Show Would Have Been The Bomb Du Jour

But I have to cancel today's show. I started going viral yesterday, in the worst possible ways, so for the first time in 16 years of radio I'll have to postpone visits and interviews from some of Canada`s very finest musicians...

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Playlist For Corby`s Orbit Show Of 3 November

Commissioner of Selection: Paul Corby 

(Brought to you by Culmination Locks, Safety Deposit Rocks and Stocks 'n' Bondage) 

Guests: Mark Kelso, Shawna Caspi and Nick MacLean

5-7 p.m. Fridays online and at .  
Canadians in Asterisk’d RED. 

5:00 Folk Castle

* Craig Cardiff ~ Scott Merrit's Radio Home ~ Ginger's On Barrington (2003) @ Market Hall Peterborough Friday 17 November and @ Hugh's Room Live 15 December

* Kaia Kater ~ White ~ Nine Pin ~ @ The Local Sunday 2 p.m.

* Stan Rogers ~ The Idiot ~ The Very Best Of... (Borealis) ~ Stan Rogers Tribute @ Hugh's Room Live Friday 10 November 

* Deep Dark Woods ~ Teardrops Fell ~ Yarrow  NEW DISK @ The Great Hall tonight

* Elliott Brood ~ Cadillac Dust ~ Tin Type@ Horseshoe tonight & Saturday

* Kat Goldman ~ The One To Dream ~ Workingman's Blues NEW DISK @ Hugh's Room Live Sunday

5:30 Exiles From Mainstream

* Mark Kelso & The Jazz Exiles ~ The Antrim Shuffle / Interview with Mark Kelso / Zig Zag ~ Elementals NEW DISK

5:40 Caspionage

* Shawna Caspi ~ Devil's Rolling Pin / Brave Parade / Interview / Never Enough (live) ~ Forest Fire NEW DISK @ Burdock 

Jessie Reyez feat. Li'l Yachty ~  Fakin' It ~ Funk Wav. Bounces Vol. 1 ~ Li'l Yachty @ Rebel Sunday

6:00 Elevatoronto

Snarky Puppy ~ What About Me? ~ We Like It Here ~ Snaggle'Snarky Puppy Tribute @ Junction Music Hall Friday 10 November

* Nick MacLean Quartet ~ Elasticity Of Time And Space / Interview with Nick MacLean / Tell Me A Bedtime Story ~ Rites Of Ascension NEW DISK CD Release @ The Rex Sunday19 November 9:30

6:30 Myriad Piece

Jhelisa ~ Galactica Rush ~ Jhelisa (Dorado 1994)

* Kae Sun ~ Lion On A Leash ~ Music Africa Presents Afrofest 2010 @ Mundial Montreal on Nov.15th at Petit Campus

Hadouk Trio ~ Lokembe-Vole ~ Baldamore (Naive 2007)

* Chris Wallace ~ The First Card ~ Somewhere Sacred  NEW DISK  / TORONTO MUSIC LISTINGS

* David Myles ~ Look At Me ~ Real Love NEW DISK @ Mod Club Wednesday  

* Sarah MacDougall ~ We're All Gonna Blow Away ~ The Greatest Ones Alive @ The R.O.M. tonight