Thursday, November 24, 2022

Stranger Songs with Mike Regenstreif – CKCU – Tuesday November 29, 2022: Remembering Jack Hardy


Stranger Songs with Mike Regenstreif finds connections and develops themes in various genres. The show is broadcast on CKCU in Ottawa on Tuesdays from 3:30 until 5 pm (Eastern time) and is also available 24/7 for on-demand streaming.

CKCU can be heard live at 93.1 FM in Ottawa and https://www.ckcufm.com/ on the web.

This episode of Stranger Songs was recorded and can already be streamed on-demand by clicking on “Listen Now” at … https://cod.ckcufm.com/programs/595/58468.html

Theme: Remembering Jack Hardy (1947-2011)

I first met Jack Hardy sometime around 1978. Jack was a brilliant guy, a dedicated songwriter, and, perhaps, the world’s greatest champion of the art of songwriting. He was already on his lifelong mission to help anyone dedicated to the art of song-craft find and develop their voice. He was the guiding light, the guru, of the new song movement in New York City.


Jack Hardy
- The Sparrow
The Nameless One (Great Divide)

Suzanne Vega- Saint Clare
Fast Folk Musical Magazine: A Tribute to Jack Hardy (Smithsonian Folkways)
David Massengill- Tree of Rhyme
Fast Folk Musical Magazine: A Tribute to Jack Hardy (Smithsonian Folkways)
Diana Jones & Mike Regenstreif on Zoom (2021)

Diana Jones- Go Tell the Savior
Fast Folk Musical Magazine: A Tribute to Jack Hardy (Smithsonian Folkways)
Jack Hardy- Dover to Dunkirk
The Nameless One (Great Divide)

Dave Van Ronk- The Drinking Song
To All My Friends in Far-Flung Places (Gazell)
Jack Hardy- Song for Dave
Coin of the Realm (Great Divide)

With the exception of “Jack’s Crows,” the songs on this program were written by Jack Hardy. Jack hosted a weekly songwriters’ exchange in his New York City apartment for more than 30 years and John Gorka was one of the many songwriters who passed through Jack’s apartment. John wrote “Jack’s Crows” as an allegorical song inspired by those songwriters’ exchanges. In the liner notes to the album, Jack’s Crows, John wrote, “Some days I look up and find I am one of Jack’s crows.”

John Gorka, Mike Regenstreif & Lucy Kaplansky (2012)

John Gorka
- Jack’s Crows
Jack’s Crows (High Street)
John Gorka- Down Where the Rabbits Run
Fast Folk Musical Magazine: A Tribute to Jack Hardy (Smithsonian Folkways)
Lucy Kaplansky- Forget-Me-Not
Fast Folk Musical Magazine: A Tribute to Jack Hardy (Smithsonian Folkways)
Jack Hardy- Orphan from Madrid/Guernica
Landmark (Great Divide)

Mike Regenstreif & Ronny Cox (2013)

Ronny Cox- I Ought to Know
Fast Folk Musical Magazine: A Tribute to Jack Hardy (Smithsonian Folkways)
Terre Roche- The Tailor
Fast Folk Musical Magazine: A Tribute to Jack Hardy (Smithsonian Folkways)
Mike Regenstreif & Erik Frandsen (1976) photo: Felicity Fanjoy

Erik Frandsen- Potter’s Field
Fast Folk Musical Magazine: A Tribute to Jack Hardy (Smithsonian Folkways)
Jack Hardy- In Memory of Federico Garcia Lorca
Noir (Great Divide)

Rod MacDonald & Mike Regenstreif (2005)

Rod MacDonald- Resolution
Fast Folk Musical Magazine: A Tribute to Jack Hardy (Smithsonian Folkways)
Christine Lavin- Murder
Fast Folk Musical Magazine: A Tribute to Jack Hardy (Smithsonian Folkways)
Jack Hardy- If I Ever Pass This Way Again
The Passing (Prime CD)

Jonathan Byrd- Autumn
Fast Folk Musical Magazine: A Tribute to Jack Hardy (Smithsonian Folkways)
Nanci Griffith- Fare Thee Well
Fast Folk Musical Magazine: A Tribute to Jack Hardy (Smithsonian Folkways)

Jack Hardy- Singer’s Lament
Bandolier (Great Divide)

Next week: Songs of Eric Andersen.

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--Mike Regenstreif

Sunday, November 20, 2022

Stranger Songs with Mike Regenstreif – CKCU – Tuesday November 22, 2022: Songs for Holocaust Education Month


Stranger Songs with Mike Regenstreif finds connections and develops themes in various genres. The show is broadcast on CKCU in Ottawa on Tuesdays from 3:30 until 5 pm (Eastern time) and is also available 24/7 for on-demand streaming.

CKCU can be heard live at 93.1 FM in Ottawa and https://www.ckcufm.com/ on the web.

This episode of Stranger Songs was recorded and can already be streamed on-demand by clicking on “Listen Now” at … https://cod.ckcufm.com/programs/595/58421.html

Theme: Songs for Holocaust Education Month.

November is Holocaust Education Month and in these times of rising antisemitism and other forms of racism and hatred, it’s important for us to pause and remember the lessons of the Holocaust when Hitler’s Nazi Germany and its collaborators systematically murdered 6 million Jews – about two-thirds of the Jews who lived in Europe.

John McCutcheon- Second Hand
Leap! (Appalsongs)
Janis Ian- Tattoo
Best of Janis Ian: The Autobiography Collection (Rude Girl)

Tom Paxton- Train for Auschwitz
The Best of Broadside 1962-1988 (Smithsonian Folkways)
Rod MacDonald- Auschwitz
The Man on the Ledge (Shanachie)
Meghan Hone- No Art
Beneath White Stars: Holocaust Profiles in Song (AlmondSeed Media)
Lenka Lichtenberg- Waiting at the end of an alley
Thieves of Dreams (Six Degrees)

Lee Oskar- Never Forget
Never Forget (Dreams We Share Productions)

Art of Time Ensemble featuring Sarah Harmer- Dance Me to the End of Love
Songs of Leonard Cohen Live (Art of Time Recordings)
Chuck Brodsky- Warsaw in May
Them and Us (Chuck Brodsky)

Aviva Chernick & Payadora Tango Ensemble- Silent Tears
Silent Tears: The Last Yiddish Tango
Lenka Lichtenberg & Payadora Tango Ensemble- A Victim of Mengele
Silent Tears: The Last Yiddish Tango
Olga Mieleszczuk & Payadora Tango Ensemble- Vi Ahin Zol Ikh Geyn/Buried Underground
Silent Tears: The Last Yiddish Tango

Brendan Nolan- Kissing the Wall
Beneath White Stars: Holocaust Profiles in Song (AlmondSeed Media)
Dave Curley- Mr. Sugihara’s Eyes
Beneath White Stars: Holocaust Profiles in Song (AlmondSeed Media)

Tim Grimm- Anne in Amsterdam
The Turning Point (Cavalier)

Psoy Korolenko- Babi Yar
Yiddish Glory: The Lost Songs of World War II (Six Degrees)
Sophie Milman- Tulchin
Yiddish Glory: The Lost Songs of World War II (Six Degrees)
Frank London & Cantor Sveta Kundish- Minutn fun bitokhn
Ghetto Songs (Felmay)

Adrienne Cooper & Zalmen Mlotek- Yid du partizaner (Jew, Partisan)
Ghetto Tango (Traditional Crossroads)
Michael Alpert, Lauren Brody, Adrienne Cooper, Irena Klepfiz, Henry Sapoznik, Jeff Shandler, Lorin Sklamberg, Josh Walensky, & Alan Zemel- Zog nit keyn mol (Never Say)
Partisans of Vilna (Flying Fish)

Next week: Remembering Jack Hardy.

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--Mike Regenstreif

Monday, November 14, 2022

Canadian Spaces – CKCU – November 19, 2022


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. 

This week’s show was hosted by Mike Regenstreif.

CKCU can be heard at 93.1 FM in Ottawa and http://www.ckcufm.com/ on the web. 

This particular show was recorded and is already available for on-demand listening. https://cod.ckcufm.com/programs/129/58358.html

Chris Coole- Upon the Mystery
The Old Man and the C Chord (Chris Coole)
The Dumptrucks- Stealin’
Selections (Laughing Cactus)
Bruce Cockburn- Honey Babe Let the Deal Go Down
Rarities (True North)
Zachary Lucky- I Wish I was a Mole in the Ground
Songs for Hard Times (Zachary Lucky)
Ken Whiteley- Michael Row
Long Time Travelling (Ken Whiteley)
Kaia Kater- White (Long Time Traveling)
Nine Pin (Kaia Kater)
Kate & Anna McGarrigle, Mike Regenstreif, Chaim Tannenbaum (1976) photo: Felicity Fanjoy

Chaim Tannenbaum- Ain’t No More Cane on the Brazos
Chaim Tannenbaum (StorySound)
Mountain City Four- Motherless Children
Mountain City Four (Omnivore)
Kate & Anna McGarrigle- No Biscuit Blues
Tell My Sister: Dancer with Bruised Knees (Nonesuch)
Norah Jones with Lily Lanken- Over the Hill
Sing Me the Songs: Celebrating the Works of Kate McGarrigle (Nonesuch)
Braden Gates- Norah Jones at Closing Time
Kitchen Days (Borealis)
Chris Coole & John Showman- Back in the Goodle Days
Much Further Out Than Inevitable: A Fiddle and Banjo Tribute to Some Music of John Hartford (Chris Coole)
The Slowinks- The Problem
Stay With Me Awhile (weewerk)
Jane Hawley- Take These Chains from My Heart
Sorrow Bound: Hank Williams Re-examined (Ruby Moon)
The Mahones- Watch Me Fall
Jameson Street (True North)
Al Grierson- Barney Rubble Meets Mack the Knife
The Petals (Folkin’ Eh)

Ofra Harnoy- Let Me Fish Off Cape St. Mary’s
On the Rock (Analekta)
Stan Rogers- Three Fishers
For the Family (Folk Tradition)

Tony Turner- Indelible Blue
Love & Other Attractions (Tony Turner)
Orit Shimoni- Sing Back to Me
Lorem Ipsum (Orit Shimoni)
Garnet Rogers- Shadows on the Water
Summer’s End (Snow Goose Songs)
Eric Andersen- More Often Than Not
Blue River (Columbia/Legacy)

Jason Lang- Happiness Is
Handled with Care: Hommage à Penny Lang (Jason Lang)
Mike Regenstreif & Penny Lang (2005)

Penny Lang
- Geremia
Carry On Children (She-Wolf)
Durham County Poets & Michael Jerome Browne- Diamonds on the Water
Grimshaw Road (Durham County Poets)
Po’ Girl- Ain’t Life Sweet
Home to You (Nettwerk)
Penny Lang- If I Could Be the Rain
Stone + Sand + Sea + Sky (Borealis)

Moore & McGregor- Don’t Let Us Get Sick
Dream with Me (Ivernia)
Dennis O’Toole- To Grow Old Together
Dennis O’Toole (Dennis O’Toole)
Terra Spencer & Ben Caplan- Maybe
Old News (Terra Spencer & Ben Caplan)
Holly Cole- Good Time Charlie’s Got the Blues
Night (Rumpus Room)
Ian Tamblyn- Whip Poor Will
Voice in the Wilderness (North Track)

I also host Stranger Songs every Tuesday from 3:30 to 5 pm; and the Saturday Morning show from 7 to 10 am, once every 4 weeks with my next slot on November 5.

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--Mike Regenstreif

Thursday, November 10, 2022

Stranger Songs with Mike Regenstreif – CKCU – Tuesday November 15, 2022: The 50th Anniversary of my first concert production


Stranger Songs with Mike Regenstreif
finds connections and develops themes in various genres. The show is broadcast on CKCU in Ottawa on Tuesdays from 3:30 until 5 pm (Eastern time) and is also available 24/7 for on-demand streaming.

CKCU can be heard live at 93.1 FM in Ottawa and https://www.ckcufm.com/ on the web.

This episode of Stranger Songs was recorded and can already be streamed on-demand by clicking on “Listen Now” at … https://cod.ckcufm.com/programs/595/58299.html

Theme: The 50th Anniversary of my first concert production.

This edition of Stranger Songs is an exercise in personal nostalgia. It was 50 years ago, on November 18, 1972, that I produced a concert for the first time – Bruce Murdoch was the headliner with Kevin Head opening at Dawson College. All the songs on this show are by a small sampling of the artists I presented in concerts at various venues in Montreal in the 1970s, ‘80s and ‘90s.

Mike Regenstreif & Bruce Murdoch (2007)

Bruce Murdoch
- Fool Like Me
Bruce Murdoch (Radio Canada International)
Kevin Head- Thanks Hank
Live (Kevin Head Music)
Danny Greenspoon- Ragged but Right
Unreleased live track – used with permission
Chris Rawlings- Pearl River Turnaround
Pearl Soupe (Cooking Fat Music)

Malvina Reynolds- On the Rim of the World
Ear to the Ground: Topical Songs 1960-1978 (Smithsonian Folkways)
Utah Phillips & Mike Regenstreif (1976) photo: Felicity Fanjoy

Utah Phillips- The Goodnight Loving Trail
The Telling Takes Me Home (Philo)
Rosalie Sorrels- Travelin’ Lady
Travelin’ Lady (Sire)

Jean Carignan- Snoring Gobeil
Jean Carignan (Philo)

Kate & Anna McGarrigle & Mike Regenstreif (1976) photo: Felicity Fanjoy

Kate & Anna McGarrigle- Heart Like a Wheel
Tell My Sister: Kate & Anna McGarrigle (Nonesuch)
Jesse Winchester- Defying Gravity
Learn to Love It (Stony Plain)
Penny Lang- Spanish Moss
Ain’t Life Sweet (She-Wolf)
The Dumptrucks- Thinkin’ of Home
Selections (Laughing Cactus)
Leon Redbone- Polly Wolly Doodle
On the Track (Warner Bros.)

Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee- Rock Island Line
Blues Masters, Vol. 5 (Storyville)
Odetta- You Gotta Know How
Blues Everywhere I Go (M.C.)
“Philadelphia” Jerry Ricks- Louis Collins
Deep in the Well (Rooster Blues)
Mike Regenstreif & Tom Paxton (2001) photo: Janice Hanson

Tom Paxton- I Can’t Help But Wonder Where I’m Bound
The Compleat Tom Paxton (Even Compleater) (Rhino Handmade)
Nanci Griffith- There’s a Light Beyond These Woods
There’s a Light Beyond These Woods (Philo)

Dave Van Ronk- Green, Green Rocky Road
…and the tin pan bended, and the story ended… (Smithsonian Folkways)
Mike Regenstreif & Arlo Guthrie (1996)

Arlo Guthrie- St. James Infirmary
Here Come the Kids (Rising Son)
Quartette- Sentinel Crow
In the Beauty of the Day (Outside Music)
John Hartford- Gentle on My Mind
Live from Mountain Stage (Blue Plate Music)
Stan Rogers- The Mary Ellen Carter
Between the Breaks…Live! (Fogarty’s Cove/Borealis)

Mike Regenstreif & David Amram (2017)

David Amram- The Water is Wide
A Tribute to Steve Goodman (Red Pajamas)

Next week: Songs for Holocaust Education Month.

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--Mike Regenstreif

Saturday, November 5, 2022

Stranger Songs with Mike Regenstreif – CKCU – Tuesday November 8, 2022: Addendums to Past Themes


Stranger Songs with Mike Regenstreif finds connections and develops themes in various genres. The show is broadcast on CKCU in Ottawa on Tuesdays from 3:30 until 5 pm (Eastern time) and is also available 24/7 for on-demand streaming.

CKCU can be heard live at 93.1 FM in Ottawa and https://www.ckcufm.com/ on the web.

This episode of Stranger Songs was prerecorded and can already be streamed on-demand by clicking on “Listen Now” at … https://cod.ckcufm.com/programs/595/58241.html

Theme: Addendums to Past Themes.

More often than not, when I choose a theme for Stranger Songs, there are more possible songs to choose from than I can include – and sometimes new music that fits the theme arrives after the show has been produced. So, I’ve chosen a few of the themes from the past year for addendums.

This show airs during CKCU’s Annual Funding Drive for 2022. Please visit https://www.canadahelps.org/en/dn/75976 to make your charitable donation to help us continue bringing you creative, volunteer-programmed, listener-supported community radio for another year.

Jennifer Warnes- Ain’t No Cure for Love
Famous Blue Raincoat: The Songs of Leonard Cohen – 20th Anniversary Edition (Shout! Factory)
Perla Batalla- If It Be Your Will
Bird on the Wire: The Songs of Leonard Cohen (Mechuda Music)
Leonard Cohen- The Guests
Recent Songs (Columbia)

David Francey- Moon Over Melbourne
The Broken Heart of Everything (Laker Music)
Caitlin Hanford- When I’ve Got the Moon
Bluer Skies (Denon)
Garnet Rogers- Under the Summer’s Moonlight
Sparrow’s Wing (Snow Goose Songs)

Pat Wictor- Señor (Tales of Yankee Power)
Flare (Risky Disc)
Bob Dylan with Happy Traum- You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere
Sidetracks (Columbia/Legacy)
Happy Traum- Farewell
There’s a Bright Side Somewhere (Lark’s Nest Music)

Sarah Cade- Dear Pasha
Dear Pasha – single (Sarah Cade)
Artists for Action- Which Side Are You On? *
Which Side Are You On? – single (Figs D Music)

*The Artists for Action singers and musicians are, in alphabetical order, Black Umfolosi, Ray Bonneville, Bruce Cockburn, Chris Corrigan, Guy Davis, Ani DiFranco, Maria Dunn, Adam Hill, Bob Jensen, James Keelaghan, Richard Knox, Lucy MacNeil, Tony McManus, Moulettes, Oysterband, Richard Perso, Heather Rankin, Martin Simpson, and Jon Weaver.

Jackie Washington & Mike Regenstreif (2008)

Jackie Washington
- Blue Turning Grey Over You
Keeping Out of Mischief (Pyramid)
Fats Waller- I Ain’t Got Nobody
The Joint is Jumpin’ (Bluebird)
The Dumptrucks- Viper’s Drag
Selections (Laughing Cactus)

James Keelaghan- Eulalie
Second-Hand (Borealis)
Mary Black- Lay Down Your Burden
The Holy Ground (Gifthorse)
Mike Regenstreif & Jesse Winchester (2006)

Jesse Winchester
- Get It Right One Day
Appleseed’s 21st Anniversary: Roots and Branches (Appleseed)

Mountain City Four- Jesulein Süss/Will the Circle Be Unbroken
Mountain City Four (Omnivore)
Emmylou Harris & Norah Jones- As Fast as My Feet Can Carry Me
Sing Me the Songs: Celebrating the Works of Kate McGarrigle (Nonesuch)
Kate & Anna McGarrigle- Travellin’ On for Jesus
Tell My Sister: Kate & Anna McGarrigle (Nonesuch)

Next week: The 50th Anniversary of my first concert production.

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--Mike Regenstreif

Friday, November 4, 2022

Saturday Morning with Mike Regenstreif – CKCU – Saturday November 5, 2022


Saturday Morning is an eclectic roots-oriented program on CKCU in Ottawa heard on Saturday mornings from 7 until 10 am (Eastern time) and available for on-demand streaming anytime. I am one of the four rotating hosts of Saturday Morning and base my programming on the Folk Roots/Folk Branches format I developed at CKUT in Montreal.

CKCU can be heard live at 93.1 FM in Ottawa and https://www.ckcufm.com/ on the web.

This episode of Saturday Morning was recorded on October 3 and can already be streamed on-demand at … https://cod.ckcufm.com/programs/128/58218.html

This show airs during CKCU’s Annual Funding Drive for 2022. Please visit https://www.canadahelps.org/en/dn/76213 to make your charitable donation to help us continue bringing you creative, volunteer-programmed, listener-supported community radio for another year.

Stillhouse Junkies- El Camino
Small Towns (Dark Shadow Recording)

Sneezy Waters & Mike Regenstreif (2013)

Sneezy Waters- Brother, Can You Spare a Dime
Sneezy Waters (Sneezy Waters)
Hannah Shira Naiman- The Grouse
The Wheels Won’t Go (Hannah Shira Naiman)
Ofra Harnoy- Lonely Waterloo
On the Rock (Analekta)

Jamie Anderson- Public Radio
Better Than Chocolate (Tsunami)
Darryl Purpose- A Place Where Everyone Sings
Two Good Hands EP (Darryl Purpose)
The Dumptrucks- Clyde Beattie
Selections (Laughing Cactus)
Hazel Dickens & Alice Gerrard- Gonna Lay Down My Old Guitar
Pioneering Women of Bluegrass: The Definitive Collection (Smithsonian Folkways)

Zachary Lucky- Rex’s Blues
Songs for Hard Times (Zachary Lucky)
The Claytones- If I Needed You
Reserva (Rip Roar Music)
Townes Van Zandt- Highway Kind
Sunshine Boy: The Unheard Studio Sessions and Demos (Omnivore)
David Olney with Daniel Seymour- For the Sake of the Song
Evermore: The Final Live in Holland Sessions I (Strictly Country)

Jesse Winchester- Yankee Lady
Jesse Winchester (Stony Plain)
Steve Lundquist with Mike Fjerstad- I Wave Bye-Bye
Acting a Fool (Steve Lundquist)

Suzie Vinnick- Raino
Fall Back Home (Suzie Vinnick)
Walter Hyatt- In November
King Tears (MCA)
Tom Mitchell- When Nobody’s Lookin’
Old Cloth (Yabut Music)

Mike Regenstreif & Tony Turner (2018)

Tony Turner- Heart of Your Man
A Matter of Time (Tony Turner)
Doug McArthur- 1911
Letters from the Coast/Sisteron (Snow Goose Songs)
Lynn Miles- Million Brilliant
Downpour (Lynn Miles)
Ian Tamblyn- Voice in the Wilderness
Voice in the Wilderness (North Track)

Garnet Rogers- Sweet Spot
Summer’s End (Snow Goose Songs)
Amy Speace- My Father’s House
Tuscon (Windbone)

John Fusco- Coyote Man
Borderlands (Rocket 88)
Linda Ronstadt with Emmylou Harris- Across the Border
Feels Like Home: Songs from the Sonoran Borderlands – Linda Ronstadt’s Musical Odyssey (Putomayo)
Tom Russell- Down the Rio Grande
Borderland (HighTone)

Mountain City Four- All the Good Times
Mountain City Four (Omnivore)

Rory Block- Freight Train
Ain’t Nobody Worried: Celebrating Great Women of Song (Stony Plain)
Fink, Marxer, Gleaves- Oh Babe, It Ain’t No Lie
Shout and Shine (Community Music)
Deborah Robins- Shake Sugaree
Home Fires (Zippety Whippet Music)
Elizabeth Cotten- Fare You Well, My Darling
Shake Sugaree (Smithsonian Folkways)

James Keelaghan- Walk On
Second-Hand (Borealis)
Tom Chapin featuring The Chapin Sisters- Hold Our Ground Forever
Hold Our Ground (Sundance Music)
Penny Lang & Mike Regenstreif (1976) photo: Felicity Fanjoy

Penny Lang- Never Turning Back
Carry On Children (She-Wolf)
Reggie Harris- Sing Out/March On/Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me ‘Round
On Solid Ground (Reggie Harris Music)

Sean Gagnier- South Coast
Circle Harbor (Sean Gagnier)
Finest Kind- Going to the West
Lost in a Song (Fallen Angle)
The Dumptrucks- Dobro Song
Selections (Laughing Cactus)
Abbie Gardner- Down the Mountain
DobroSinger (Abbie Gardner)
Chaim Tannenbaum, Dane Lanken, Kate & Anna McGarrigle- Dig My Grave
The McGarrigle Hour (Hannibal)

Loudon Wainwright III- Town & Country
Lifetime Achievement (StorySound)
Terra Spencer & Ben Caplan- Mr. M
Old News (Terra Spencer & Ben Caplan)
Mary Chapin Carpenter- Traveler’s Prayer
One Night Lonely (Lambent Light)

Philip Dyson- Maple Leaf Rag
Scott Joplin, The King of Ragtime: Complete Piano Works (Decca)

I’ll be hosting Saturday Morning next on December 3. I also host Stranger Songs on CKCU every Tuesday from 3:30-5 pm. And, I’ll be hosting Canadian Spaces on Saturday November 19 from 10 am-noon.

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--Mike Regenstreif

Friday, October 28, 2022

Stranger Songs with Mike Regenstreif – CKCU – Tuesday November 1, 2022: Radio


Stranger Songs with Mike Regenstreif finds connections and develops themes in various genres. The show is broadcast on CKCU in Ottawa on Tuesdays from 3:30 until 5 pm (Eastern time) and is also available 24/7 for on-demand streaming.

CKCU can be heard live at 93.1 FM in Ottawa and https://www.ckcufm.com/ on the web.

This episode of Stranger Songs was prerecorded and can already be streamed on-demand by clicking on “Listen Now” at … https://cod.ckcufm.com/programs/595/58131.html

Theme: Radio.

This show airs during CKCU’s Annual Funding Drive for 2022. Please visit https://www.canadahelps.org/en/dn/75976 to make your charitable donation to help us continue bringing you creative, volunteer-programmed, listener-supported community radio for another year.

Joni Mitchell- You Turn Me On, I’m a Radio
The Asylum Years 1972-1975: Miles of Aisles (Rhino)

Danny Marks- Man on the Radio
Man on the Radio – single (Danny Marks)
Nanci Griffith- Listen to the Radio
Winter Marquee (Rounder)
Tom Lewis & Mike Regenstreif (2006) photo: David Shapiro

Tom Lewis- Radio Times
360º: All Points of the Compass (Borealis)

Jamie Anderson- Public Radio
Better Than Chocolate (Tsunami)
The LYNNeS- Heartbreak Song for the Radio
Heartbreak Song for the Radio (The LYNNeS)

Small Potatoes- Turn Your Radio On
Raw (Small Potatoes)

Emily White- Radio
Radio – single (Emily White)
Amelia Curran- Song on the Radio
They Promised You Mercy (Six Shooter)
Blackie & The Rodeo Kings- Song on the Radio
Bark (True North)

Wanda Fischer & Mike Regenstreif (2017)

Wanda Fischer, Eric Erickson & Matt Watroba
- Late Night Radio
Singing Along with the Radio (Wanda Fischer)
Katy Moffatt- Midnight Radio
Midnight Radio (True North)
Dave Alvin- Border Radio
Live from Austin TX (New West)

Aengus Finnan- One Hand on the Radio
North Wind (Borealis)
The Short Sisters- Ten Pound Radio
Live from Four States (Black Socks Press)
Rod MacDonald- Distant Radios
Highway to Nowhere (Shanachie)

Clela- Angels on the Radio
More Love and Happiness (Clela)
Matt Patershuk- Turn the Radio Up
An Honest Effort (Black Hen)
Susan Werner- Barn Radio
Flyover Country (Susan Werner)
Erin Ash Sullivan- Radio Show
We Can Hear Each Other (Willoughby)

Bruce Cockburn- Radio Shoes
Inner City Front: Deluxe Edition (True North)

Next week: Addendums to Past Themes.

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--Mike Regenstreif

Friday, October 21, 2022

Stranger Songs with Mike Regenstreif – CKCU – Tuesday October 25, 2022: Songs of Yip Harburg & Hoagy Carmichael


Stranger Songs with Mike Regenstreif finds connections and develops themes in various genres. The show is broadcast on CKCU in Ottawa on Tuesdays from 3:30 until 5 pm (Eastern time) and is also available 24/7 for on-demand streaming.

CKCU can be heard live at 93.1 FM in Ottawa and https://www.ckcufm.com/ on the web.

This episode of Stranger Songs was prerecorded and can already be streamed on-demand by clicking on “Listen Now” at … https://cod.ckcufm.com/programs/595/58052.html

Theme: Songs of Yip Harburg (1896-1981) and Hoagy Carmichael (1899-1981).

Part 1 – Songs of Yip Harburg. E.Y. “Yip” Harburg – who died in 1981 at age 84 – was a lyricist who collaborated with several composers. This show includes some of Harburg’s collaborations with Jay Gorney, Harold Arlen, Earl Robinson and Burton Lane.

Yip Harburg (circa 1950)

Deborah Holland- Brother, Can You Spare a Dime
The Panic is On: Songs from the Great Depression (Gadfly)

Ella Fitzgerald- Ding Dong! The Wicked Witch is Dead
Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Harold Arlen Songbook (Verve)
Stephen Mendel- If I Only had a Brain
Sing Me a Story (Stephen Mendel)
Ian Tyson- Somewhere Over the Rainbow
All the Good ’Uns Vol. 2 (Stony Plain)

The Juggernauts- Lydia, the Tattooed Lady
Live Lunch (The Juggernauts)
Chaim Tannenbaum- It’s Only a Paper Moon
Chaim Tannenbaum (StorySound)
Josh White- Free and Equal Blues
From New York to London: The Classic Recordings (Jasmine)

Happy Traum- How are Things in Glocca Morra?
There’s a Bright Side Somewhere (Lark’s Nest Music)

Part 2 – Songs of Hoagy Carmichael. Hoagland Howard “Hoagy” Carmichael – who died in 1981 at age 82 – was among the most successful songwriters of the Tin Pan Alley era.

Hoagy Carmichael (1947)

Ray Charles- Georgia on My Mind
Singular Genius: The Complete ABC Singles (Concord)
Jane Voss & Hoyle Osborne- Bread and Gravy
Beyond the Boundaries (Ripple)
Amos Garrett- New Orleans
Amosbehavin’ (Stony Plain)
Maria Muldaur with Hoagy Carmichael- Rockin’ Chair
Sweet Harmony (Reprise)

David Clayton-Thomas- Stardust
Combo (Antionette)
Dave Van Ronk & Christine Lavin- Two Sleepy People
Hummin’ to Myself (Gazell)
Martha Seyler & Robert Resnik- Skylark
Martha Sings & Robert Plays (Martha Seyler & Robert Resnik)
Cindy Church, George Koller & Joe Sealy- I Get Along Without You Very Well
The Nearness of You: A Tribute to the Music of Hoagy Carmichael (Seajam)

Judy Henske- Baltimore Oriole
The Elektra Albums (Ace)
Loudon Wainwright III with Vince Giordano & The Nighthawks- Heart and Soul
I’d Rather Lead a Band (Search Party) 
Jeff Healey- Hong Kong Blues
The Best of the Stony Plain Years: Vintage Jazz, Swing and Blues (Stony Plain)
Junior Brown- Riverboat Shuffle
Mixed Bag (Curb)

Hoagy Carmichael- Lazybones
Stardust Melody (Bluebird)
Leon Redbone- Lazy River
Up a Lazy River (Rounder)
Geoff Muldaur & Amos Garrett- Washboard Blues
Geoff Muldaur & Amos Garrett (Flying Fish)
Cindy Church, George Koller & Joe Sealy- In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening
The Nearness of You: A Tribute to the Music of Hoagy Carmichael (Seajam)

Next week: Radio.

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--Mike Regenstreif

Monday, October 17, 2022

Canadian Spaces – CKCU – Saturday October 22, 2022


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. 

This week’s show was hosted by Mike Regenstreif.

CKCU can be heard at 93.1 FM in Ottawa and http://www.ckcufm.com/ on the web. 

This particular show was recorded and is already available for on-demand listening. https://cod.ckcufm.com/programs/129/58008.html

Hour 1

Humphrey & The Dumptrucks- Merry Mansion Quadrology: Merry Mansion; Magician; Front Door; Red White & Blue
Six Days of Paper Ladies (Boot)
Mike Regenstreif & Bruce Cockburn (2017)

Bruce Cockburn- Going Down the Road
Rarities (True North)
Russ Kelley- Somewhere Later Down the Road
Crazy Shades of Blue (Ark Road Music Productions)
Hannah Shira Naiman- Caroline Collins
The Wheels Won’t Go (Hannah Shira Naiman)
Mike Regenstreif & Garnet Rogers (2006)

Garnet Rogers- The King of Rome
Small Victories (Snow Goose Songs)
Onna Lou- Saber
Diamante (Onna Lou)
Terra Spencer & Ben Caplan- Maybe
Old News (Terra Spencer & Ben Caplan)
Mike Regenstreif & Lynn Miles (2013)

Lynn Miles- Main St.
We’ll Look for Stars (Must Have Music)
Missy Burgess- Picture in a Frame
Missy Burgess with The Blue Train Live (Missy Burgess)

Old Man Luedecke- I Skipped a Stone
Easy Money (True North)
The Once- Anthem
The Once (Borealis)

Ball and Chain & The Wreckers- Daydreamin’
Surrender (Ball and Chain)

Hour 2 – The Great Canadian Tour

Ian Tyson- Great Canadian Tour
Ol’ Eon (Stony Plain)
Deborah Holland- Vancouver
Vancouver (RageOn)
Chris Rawlings- Lillooet
Pearl Soup (Cooking Fat Music)
Hank Snow- The Spell of the Yukon
Tales of the Yukon (RCA)

James Keelaghan- Alberta
Second-Hand (Borealis)
Michael Earnie Taylor Orchestra- Calgary Song
$3 Pants (Laughing Cactus Music)
Johnny Cash- Girl in Saskatoon
Change of Address: The Singles As and Bs, 1958-1962 (Jasmine)
Tom Russell & Mike Regenstreif (2018)

Tom Russell- Winnipeg
Hurricane Season (Stony Plain)

Shelley Posen- Ontario Moon
Ontario Moon (Well Done Music)
Oscar Peterson- Hogtown Blues
Canadiana Suite (Limelight)
Paul Weber- Ottawa Lament
Ode to Gerry Barber (Paul Weber)
Allison Russell- Montreal
Outside Child (Fantasy)
Mike Regenstreif & Bill Staines (1993)

Bill Staines- The Streets of Old Quebec
Tracks and Trails (Philo)

Steel Rail- Argyle Street
Coming Home (Crossties)
Kevin Head- Digby Lament
Hear Them Callin’ (Kevin Head)
Bill Garrett & Sue Lothrop- St. John’s Waltz
Red Shoes (Borealis)

I’ll be hosting Canadian Spaces next on November 19. I also host Stranger Songs every Tuesday from 3:30 to 5 pm; and the Saturday Morning show from 7 to 10 am, once every 4 weeks with my next slot on November 5.

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--Mike Regenstreif

Wednesday, October 12, 2022

Stranger Songs with Mike Regenstreif – CKCU – Tuesday October 18, 2022: Songs of Jimmie Rodgers


Stranger Songs with Mike Regenstreif finds connections and develops themes in various genres. The show is broadcast on CKCU in Ottawa on Tuesdays from 3:30 until 5 pm (Eastern time) and is also available 24/7 for on-demand streaming.

CKCU can be heard live at 93.1 FM in Ottawa and https://www.ckcufm.com/ on the web.

This episode of Stranger Songs was prerecorded and can already be streamed on-demand by clicking on “Listen Now” at … https://cod.ckcufm.com/programs/595/57953.html

Theme: Songs of Jimmie Rodgers (1897-1933). Rodgers, who died of tuberculosis in 1933 at age 35, was known as The Singing Brakeman and The Blue Yodeler and is widely regarded to be the father of country music.


Jimmie Rodgers
- Ben Dewberry’s Final Run
First Sessions, 1927-28 (Rounder)

Merle Haggard- Train Whistle Blues
Same Train, A Different Time: Merle Haggard Sings the Great Songs of Jimmie Rodgers (Capitol)
Swing & Tears- Hobo’s Meditation
Swing & Tears (Swing & Tears)
John Sebastian- Waiting for a Train
Cheapo-Cheapo Productions Presents Real Live John Sebastian (Reprise)
Iris DeMent- Hobo Bill’s Last Ride
The Songs of Jimmie Rodgers: A Tribute (Egyptian/Columbia)
Jimmie Rodgers- My Rough and Rowdy Ways
On the Way Up, 1929 (Rounder)
Ian & Sylvia- Travelin’ Blues (listed as Jimmie’s Texas Blues)
The Lost Tapes (Stony Plain)
Jane Voss & Hoyle Osborne- Drunken Bar Room Blues (Gambling Bar Room Blues)
Never No More Blues (Ripple)

Jimmie Rodgers- T.B. Blues
America’s Blue Yodeler, 1930-1931 (Rounder)
Ramblin’ Jack Elliott- Whippin’ That Old T.B.
Ramblin’ Jack Elliott Sings Woody Guthrie and Jimmie Rodgers & Cowboy Songs (Monitor)
Maria Muldaur- Any Old Time
Maria Muldaur (Reprise)
Peter Keane- Nobody Knows but Me
Rural Electrification (Little Hat)
Diana Braithwaite & Chris Whiteley- He’s in the Jailhouse Now
Gold Cadillac (G-Three)

Jimmie Rodgers with Louis Armstrong- Blue Yodel No. 9
America’s Blue Yodeler, 1930-1931 (Rounder)
Odetta- Muleskinner Blues
Odetta Sings Ballads and Blues (Tradition)
Finest Kind- Why Should I Be Lonely?
For Honour & For Again (Fallen Angle)
J.W. McClure- My Carolina Sunshine Girl
Interpretations of Jimmie Rodgers (J.W. McClure)
Doc Watson- My Blue Eyed Jane
Portrait (Sugar Hill)

Jimmie Rodgers- Gambling Polka Dot Blues
Down the Old Road, 1931-1932 (Rounder)
Leon Redbone- Roll Along Kentucky Moon
Sugar (Rounder)
Dakota Dave Hull & Sean Blackburn- Miss the Mississippi and You
North By Southwest (Arabica)
Robin & Linda Williams- Mississippi Delta Blues
Visions of Love (Sugar Hill)
Arlo Guthrie- When the Cactus is in Bloom
Son of the Wind (Rising Son)
Mary Chapin Carpenter- Somewhere Down Below the Mason Dixon Line
The Songs of Jimmie Rodgers: A Tribute (Egyptian/Columbia)

Jimmie Rodgers- Yodeling My Way Back Home
Last Sessions, 1933 (Rounder)

Next week: Songs of Yip Harburg and Hoagy Carmichael.

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--Mike Regenstreif

Saturday, October 8, 2022

Stranger Songs with Mike Regenstreif – CKCU – Tuesday October 11, 2022: Remembering Loretta Lynn and Mary McCaslin


Stranger Songs with Mike Regenstreif finds connections and develops themes in various genres. The show is broadcast on CKCU in Ottawa on Tuesdays from 3:30 until 5 pm (Eastern time) and is also available 24/7 for on-demand streaming.

CKCU can be heard live at 93.1 FM in Ottawa and https://www.ckcufm.com/ on the web.

This episode of Stranger Songs was prerecorded and can already be streamed on-demand by clicking on “Listen Now” at … https://cod.ckcufm.com/programs/595/57903.html

Themes: Remembering Loretta Lynn and Mary McCaslin.

Legendary country singer Loretta Lynn (1932-2022) died on October 4 at age 90. Loretta Lynn came from humble beginnings as a coal miner’s daughter from Butcher Hollow, Kentucky. Her autobiography, the feature film that was based on it, and her signature song are called “Coal Miner’s Daughter.”


Loretta Lynn
- Coal Miner’s Daughter
All Time Greatest Hits (MCA/Decca)
Eilen Jewell- I’m a Honky Tonk Girl
Butcher Holler: A Tribute to Loretta Lynn (Signature Sounds)
Ian & Sylvia- After the Fire is Gone
The Lost Tapes (Stony Plain)
Little Willies- Fist City
For the Good Times (Milking Bull)
Loretta Lynn- Whispering Sea
Full Circle (Sony/Legacy)
Rhiannon Giddens- She’s Got You
Tomorrow is My Turn (Nonesuch)
Emmylou Harris & The Nash Ramblers- Blue Kentucky Girl
Ramble in Music City: The Lost Concert 1990 (Nonesuch)
April Verch- You Ain’t Woman Enough
Once a Day (Slab Town)
Loretta Lynn- Who’s Gonna Miss Me?
Full Circle (Sony/Legacy)

Mary McCaslin (1946-2022) was a folksinger, songwriter and pioneering open-tuning guitarist, who died on October 2 at age 75 following a seven-year battle with progressive supranuclear palsy. Mary was an old friend who I first met, circa 1973, when we both became part of a circle of friends centered around The Barn in North Ferrisburgh, Vermont, then the headquarters of Philo Records.


Mary McCaslin
- Music Strings/Oh Hollywood
Way Out West (Philo)
Caroline Doctorow- Way Out West
I Carry All I Own: The Songs of Mary McCaslin (Narrow Lane)
Stan Rogers- Down the Road
From Coffee House to Concert Hall (Fogarty’s Cove)
Sneezy Waters- Circle of Friends
Sneezy Waters (Sneezy Waters)
Mary McCaslin- Young Westley
Way Out West (Philo)

Mary McCaslin & Jim Ringer- The Bramble and the Rose
The Bramble and the Rose (Philo)

Mary McCaslin- Suzanne
Rain: The Lost Album (Bear Family)

Mike Regenstreif & Mary McCaslin (1999)

Mary McCaslin
- Ballad of Weaverville
Prairie in the Sky (Philo)
Caroline Doctorow- Back to Salinas
I Carry All I Own: The Songs of Mary McCaslin (Narrow Lane)
Tom Russell- Prairie in the Sky
Song of the West: The Cowboy Collection (HMG)
Mary McCaslin- My Love
Prairie in the Sky (Philo)

Mary McCaslin- Someone Who Looks Me
Broken Promises (Philo)

Mary McCaslin- Old Friends
Old Friends (Philo)

Next week: Songs of Jimmie Rodgers.

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--Mike Regenstreif

Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Saturday Morning with Mike Regenstreif – CKCU – Saturday October 8, 2022


Saturday Morning is an eclectic roots-oriented program on CKCU in Ottawa heard on Saturday mornings from 7 until 10 am (Eastern time) and available for on-demand streaming anytime. I am one of the four rotating hosts of Saturday Morning and base my programming on the Folk Roots/Folk Branches format I developed at CKUT in Montreal.

CKCU can be heard live at 93.1 FM in Ottawa and https://www.ckcufm.com/ on the web.

This episode of Saturday Morning was recorded on October 3 and can already be streamed on-demand at … https://cod.ckcufm.com/programs/128/57847.html

Tom Rush, Jamie Hartford, Odetta, Emmylou Harris, Carolyn Hester, Nanci Griffith, Frank Christian- Wasn’t That a Mighty Storm
Other Voices, Too (A Trip Back to Bountiful) (Elektra)

The Once- Sail Away to the Sea
The Once (Borealis)
Mike Regenstreif & Old Man Luedecke (2015)

Old Man Luedecke- The Mermaid
Easy Money (True North)
Mountain City Four- Reuben Ranzo
Mountain City Four (Omnivore)
Tom Russell- Isaac Lewis
The Tom Russell Anthology: Veteran’s Day (Shout! Factory)

Shelley Posen- I’ll See You Rosh Hashana
Mazel (Well Done Music)
Shelley Posen- A Mazeldikek Yor
Mazel (Well Done Music)
Frank London & Lorin Sklamberg- A Sukkah of Branches
Tsuker-zis (Tzadik)

Claudia Schmidt- Hard Love
Reimagining (Claudia Schmidt)
Bob Franke- Thanksgiving Eve
The Other Evening in Chicago (Waterbug)

Lynn Miles with Keith Glass- When My Ship Comes In
Road (Lynn Miles)
Ball & Chain & The Wreckers- I Love the Life
Live at the Bayou (Ball & Chain)
Missy Burgess- Blue Sweater
Lemon Pie (Missy Burgess)

Happy Traum- Come All You Fair and Tender Ladies
There’s a Bright Side Somewhere (Lark’s Nest Music)

Sarah Cade- Dear Pasha
Dear Pasha – single (Sarah Cade)
Brendan Nolan- Bowl of Soup
Beneath White Stars: Holocaust Profiles in Song (AlmondSeed Media)
Dropkick Murphys with Woody Guthrie- Dig a Hole
This Machine Still Kills Fascists: Lyrics of Woody Guthrie (Dummy Luck Music)
Artists for Action- Which Side Are You On? *
Which Side Are You On? – single (Figs D Music)

*The Artists for Action singers and musicians are, in alphabetical order, Black Umfolosi, Ray Bonneville, Bruce Cockburn, Chris Corrigan, Guy Davis, Ani DiFranco, Maria Dunn, Adam Hill, Bob Jensen, James Keelaghan, Richard Knox, Lucy MacNeil, Tony McManus, Moulettes, Oysterband, Richard Perso, Heather Rankin, Martin Simpson, and Jon Weaver.

Lynne Hanson- Orion’s Belt
Ice Cream in November (Panda Cave)
Paul Weber- Ode to Gerry Barber
Ode to Gerry Barber (Paul Weber)
Julian Taylor- Ballad of a Young Troubadour
The Ridge (Howling Turtle)

Ry Cooder & Lalo Guerreo- Barrio Viejo
Feels Like Home: Songs from the Sonoran Borderlands – Linda Ronstadt’s Musical Odyssey (Putomayo)
Linda Ronstadt- El Sueño
Feels Like Home: Songs from the Sonoran Borderlands – Linda Ronstadt’s Musical Odyssey (Putomayo)
Los Cenzontles- Palomas Que Andan Volando
Feels Like Home: Songs from the Sonoran Borderlands – Linda Ronstadt’s Musical Odyssey (Putomayo)

Anne Hills- Witness
Witness – single (Hand & Heart Music)
Mike Regenstreif & Bruce Murdoch (2007)

Bruce Murdoch
- I Keep You in My Heart
Matters of the Heart (Bruce Murdoch)
John McCutcheon- Every Day
Leap! (Appalsongs)
Suzie Vinnick- The Pie That My Baby Makes
Fall Back Home (Suzie Vinnick)

Terra Spencer & Ben Caplan- Brick and Mortar
Old News (Terra Spencer & Ben Caplan)

Windborne- The Terror Time
Of Hard Times & Harmony (Wand’ring Feet)
Ian Robb & James Stephens- Daft Annie
Declining …with thanks (Fallen Angle Music)
James Keelaghan- Gathering Storm
Second-Hand (Borealis)

Loudon Wainwright III- Back in Your Town
Lifetime Achievement (StorySound)
Chaim Tannenbaum- London, Longing for Home
Chaim Tannenbaum (StorySound)
Peter Mulvey & SistaStrings- Shenendoah
Love is the Only Thing (Righteous Babe)
Last Forever- Wild Goose
No Place Like Home/Last Forever (2nd Story Sound)

Cheryl Wheeler- Mrs. Pinocci’s Guitar
Mrs. Pinocci’s Guitar (Philo)
Tom Mitchell & Mike Regenstreif (1999)

Tom Mitchell- Old Dan
When the Moon is Right (Truesongs)
Geoff Bartley- Talkin’ on Top of His Game
Keep Your Eyes on the Road (Magic Crow)
Rory Block- Lovin’ Whiskey
Ain’t Nobody Worried (Stony Plain)

Steve Lundquist- Simple and Silly
My Life in Song (Steve Lundquist)

Paul Mills- The Ukulele March
The Other Side of the Glass (Borealis)

I’ll be hosting Saturday Morning next on November 5. I also host Stranger Songs on CKCU every Tuesday from 3:30-5 pm. And, I’ll be hosting Canadian Spaces on Saturday October 22 from 10 am-noon.  

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--Mike Regenstreif