Friday, April 11, 2014

Playlist: Folk Roots/Folk Branches - April 12-18, 2014

Folk Roots/Folk Branches with Mike Regenstreif is a thematic program streamed on the radio service at Roots Music Canada. –
A new show debuts every Saturday and repeats daily through the rest of the week.

April 12-18, 2014

Theme: Bible Stories.

Maria Muldaur- Adam and Eve had the Blues
Sweet and Slow (Stony Plain)

Geoff Bartley- Noah’s Ark
One Kind Word (Magic Crow)
Steve Gillette & Cindy Mangsen- Mr. & Mrs. Noah
Berrymania (Compass Rose)
Eliza Gilkyson- The Ark
The Nocture Diaries (Red House)
Andrew Calhoun- Open the Window Noah
Bound to Go (Waterbug)
LaVern Baker- Didn’t It Rain
Only the Best of LaVern Baker (Collectables)

Kim & Reggie Harris- Go Down Moses
Steal Away: Songs of the Underground Railroad (Appleseed)
Odetta- Moses, Moses
One Grain of Sand (Vanguard)
The Klezmatics- Moses Smote the Water
Brother Moses Smote the Water (Pirahna)
Jesse Winchester- Pharaoh’s Army
Learn to Love It (Stony Plain)
Bon Franke- Walkin’ in the Wilderness
The Desert Questions (Telephone Pole)

Sister Rosetta Tharpe- Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho
Gospel Train (Verve)
Rev. Gary Davis- Samson and Delilah
Harlem Street Singer (Prestige/Bluesville)
Bessie Jones- Daniel in the Lion’s Den
Put Your Hand on Your Hip and Let Your Backbone Slip (Rounder)
Short Sisters- Shadrack
Live from Four States (Black Socks Press)
Louis Armstrong- Jonah and the Whale
Louis and the Good Book (Verve)

Shelley Posen- Shepherd
Menorah: Songs from a Jewish Life (Well Done Music)
Bruce Springsteen- Jacob’s Ladder
We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions (Columbia)

This show can be heard at on:

Saturday, April 12 – 10-11 am
Sunday, April 13 – 10-11 am
Monday, April 14 – 9-10 pm
Tuesday, April 15 – 9-10 pm
Wednesday, April 16 – 11 pm-12 am
Thursday, April 17 – 11 pm-12 am
Friday, April 18 – 11 pm-12 am.

The times listed are Eastern Daylight Time. Please adjust the schedule for whatever time zone you’re in.

Next week: Remembering Jesse Winchester.

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And on Facebook.

--Mike Regenstreif

Jesse Winchester 1944-2014

I am deeply saddened to learn that Jesse Winchester, a dear friend for more than 40 years, passed away this morning, at home in Virginia, about six weeks before he would have turned 70. He’d been in hospice care at home. Jesse’s son, Lee, said last week that it was “a difficult time but as always and in his own special way, he has something to teach us about grace and beauty.

Indeed. When I contacted him last month after learning he was ill again, Jesse responded with incredible grace, beauty and thoughtfulness. “Old friends are the best,” he told me, “that’s just how it is.

I’ve written about Jesse often over the years. About a year ago, I previewed some concerts he was about to do in Canada and wrote:

“Once upon a time I got to see a bunch of Jesse Winchester concerts every year. That was back in the days when I was running the Golem, a folk club in Montreal, and Jesse was playing three night stands there two or three times a year and selling out virtually every show. This was before the amnesty for Vietnam War-era draft resistors which allowed him to return to the U.S. to play concerts after 1977. So although he was already becoming known as a major league singer-songwriter, and although he occasionally ventured off to play in other Canadian cities, it was almost like he was all ours in those days.

“Jesse moved to Montreal in 1967 and I began to see him early on when I started going to folk clubs and concerts as a teenager in the late-1960s. In 1972 I began producing folk music concerts in Montreal and Jesse became one of my favourite artists to work with. He played at Dawson College at my first concert series and was a regular headliner at the Golem, the folk club I ran in Montreal for much of the 1970s and ‘80s. And more than just one of my favourite artists to work with, he’s remained one of my very favourite artists to listen to...

“Jesse, true to his Southern roots, is as soulful a singer as I know and there is a quiet power to his performances that is unrivalled by any other performer I can think of. He silences and draws in the audience no matter what the circumstances or conditions. I’ve seen him do it in small coffeehouses, at outdoor festivals, in concert halls and in big rock clubs. In 1999, he played the Spectrum in Montreal when he returned to performing after a 10 year hiatus. More than 1,000 people were packed into the place and I never, in all the many shows I attended there, heard it be so quiet and the audience be so riveted. It was like being back at the Golem in 1974 – the only time I ever thought that at the Spectrum.

“That Jesse is one of our greatest songwriters is without question. As well as his own fine recordings, his songs have become staples in the repertoires of so many other artists over the past four decades.”

In 1999, I was humbled and honored when Jesse thanked me in the liner notes to Gentleman of Leisure, his first album in 10 years. My favorite song from that album was “I Wave Bye Bye.”

“I wave bye bye, I pray God speed
I wish lovely weather, more luck than you need
You'll only sail in circles, so there's no need to cry
No, I'll see you again one day, and then I waved bye bye.”

My deepest condolences to Jesse's wife, Cindy, to his children and grandchildren, and to all of us who loved him. Farewell, my old and dear friend.

--Mike Regenstreif

Friday, April 4, 2014

Playlist: Folk Roots/Folk Branches - April 5-11, 2014

Folk Roots/Folk Branches with Mike Regenstreif is a thematic program streamed on the radio service at Roots Music Canada. –

A new show debuts every Saturday and repeats daily through the rest of the week.

April 5-11 2014

Theme: The folk roots of jazz and the jazz branches of folk.

Catherine Russell & Mike Regenstreif
Louis Armstrong & Velma Middleton- Hesitating Blues
Louis Armstrong Plays W.C. Handy (Columbia/Legacy)
Preservation Hall Jazz Band- Careless Love
St. Peter & 57th Street (Rounder)
Lauren Sheehan- I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate
The Light Still Burns (Wilson River)
Catherine Russell- You Got to Swing and Sway
Bring It Back (Jazz Village)

Goeff Muldaur's Futuristic Ensemble w/Martha Wainwright- There Ain’t No Sweet Man that’s Worth the Salt of My Tears
Private Astronomy: A Vision of the Music of Bix Beiderbecke (Edge)
Butch Thompson & Pat Donohue- Evenin’
Vicksburg Blues (Red House)
Martin, Bogan & Armstrong- If You’se a Viper
Martin, Bogan & Armstrong (Flying Fish)

Jackie Washington- Save the Bones for Henry Jones
Midnight Choo Choo (Borealis)
Ken Whiteley- I Want to Be Happy
Another Day’s Journey (Borealis)
The Good Lovelies- Heebie Jeebies
Live at Revolution (Six Shooter)
Arlo Guthrie- St. Louis Tickle
Here Come the Kids (Rising Son)

Charlie Haden & Hank Jones- Down By the Riverside
Come Sunday (EmArcy)
Boxcar Boys- Freight Train
Rye Whiskey (Fedora Upside Down)
David Grisman- E.M.D.
The David Grisman Quintet (Kaleidescope)

Mike Regenstreif & David Amram (Photo: Ron Petronko)
Dave Van Ronk- Jelly Jelly
Down in Washington Square: The Smithsonian Folkways Collection (Smithsonian Folkways)
Paul Asbell w/Howard Levy- Goodbye Pork Pie Hat
From Adamant to Atchafalaya (Busy Hands)
Sneezy Waters- Solitude
Sneezy Waters (Sneezy Waters)
David Amram w/Ramblin' Jack Elliott & Odetta- Home on the Range
At Home/Around the World (Flying Fish)

This show can be heard at on:

Saturday, April 5 – 10-11 am
Sunday, April 6 – 10-11 am
Monday, April 7 – 9-10 pm
Tuesday, April 8 – 9-10 pm
Wednesday, April 9 – 11 pm-12 am
Thursday, April 10 – 11 pm-12 am
Friday, April 11 – 11 pm-12 am.

The times listed are Eastern Daylight Time. Please adjust the schedule for whatever time zone you’re in.

Next week: Bible stories.

Find me on Twitter.

And on Facebook.

--Mike Regenstreif

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Canadian Spaces – CKCU – Saturday March 29, 2014

CKCU can be heard at 93.1 FM in Ottawa and on the web.

This week’s show was co-hosted by Mike Regenstreif and Chris White.

Canadian Spaces on CKCU in Ottawa is Canada’s longest-running folk music radio program. It is heard Saturday mornings from 10:00 am until noon (Eastern time).

It was hosted for more than 33 years by the late Chopper McKinnon and is now hosted by Chris White and a rotating cast of co-hosts.

Guests: Joel Plaskett; Charlie Sohmer; Greg Kelly.

Corin Raymond & the Sundowners- Anastasia
Paper Nickels (Local Rascal)

Connie Kaldor- Singer of the Sacred Heart
Out of the Blue (Coyote)

Bill Morrissey- Ice Fishing
The Essential Collection (Rounder)

Garnet Rogers- Shadows on the Water
Summer’s End (Snow Goose Songs)

Shari Ulrich- Making Friends with Gone
Everywhere I Go (Borealis)

Bobby Dove- Cats and Dogs
Dovetails (Bobby Dove)

Jesse Winchester- It’s a Shame About Him
Love Filling Station (Appleseed)

Martha Wainwright- Four Black Sheep
Come Home to Mama (MapleMusic)

Naming the Twins- Truly Home
Drifters & Dreamers (Duet Right)

Ray Bonneville- Lone Freighter’s Wail
Easy Gone (Red House)

Jim Byrnes- St. Louis Blues
St. Louis Times (Black Hen)

Tom Rush- Drivin’ Wheel
Tom Rush Celebrates 50 Years of Music (Appleseed)

Telephone conversation with Joel Plaskett.

Joel Plaskett- One Look
Three (MapleMusic)

Catherine MacLellan- The Long Way Home
Church Bell Blues (True North)

Jonathan Byrd- Cackalack
Cackalack (Waterbug)

Telephone conversation with Charlie Sohmer.

Charlie Sohmer- Better Than You Ever Believed

Studio conversation with Greg Kelly.

Greg Kelly- You Have a Way with Words
Live at CKCU

The show is now available for online listening.

I’ll be co-hosting Canadian Spaces again on May 31.

Find me on Twitter.

And on Facebook.

--Mike Regenstreif