Saturday, October 12, 2019

Saturday Morning with Mike Regenstreif – CKCU – Saturday October 12, 2019

Saturday Morning is an eclectic roots-oriented program on CKCU in Ottawa heard live on Saturday mornings from 7 until 10 am (Eastern time) and then available for on-demand streaming. 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 on the web.

This episode of Saturday Morning can be streamed on-demand at …

The Refugees- Turnagain Arm
How Far It Goes (The Refugees)

Marc Nerenberg- Darlin’ Corey
Linda McRae- Caney Fork River
Going to the Well (42 RPM)
Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer- Jump Up Ginger
Wahoo! (Community Music)

Ian & Sylvia- Darcy Farrow
The Lost Tapes (Stony Plain)
Marty Morrissey- Grapes on the Vine
The Ancient Ground (Marty Morrissey)
Steve Gillette & Cindy Mangsen- When the First Leaves Fall
A Sense of Place (Redwing)

Katherine Rondeau- Urge for Going
Unfortunate Point of View (Katherine Rondeau)
Disappear Fear- Changes
Get Your Phil (Disappear Records)
Sharon Goldman- Lone Black Crow
Every Trip Around the Sun (Sharon Goldman)
Tom Russell- October in the Railroad Earth

Gathering Sparks- Hey Marguerite
All That’s Real (Borealis)
Shelley Posen- Emily
Ontario Moon (Well Done Music)
Katie Dahl- Helen
Wildwood (Leaky Boat)
Christine Lavin- Jane
The Best of Christine Lavin (Christine Lavin)

Extended Feature: Remembering Bessie Smith (1894-1937). Versions of the next 15 songs were recorded by Bessie Smith between 1923 and 1937.

Rory Block- Weeping Willow Blues
Penny Lang- Careless Love
Stone + Sand + Sea + Sky (Borealis)
Jim Kweskin & The Neo-Passé Jazz Band- Jazzbo Brown from Memphis Town
Jump for Joy (Vanguard)
Ann Rabson- Do Your Duty
In a Family Way (Emit Doog Music)
Bessie Smith- I’m Wild About That Thing
Bessie Smith: The Absolutely Essential 3 CD Collection (Big3)

Bessie Smith
Vassar Clements & Maria Muldaur- I Ain’t Gonna Play No Second Fiddle
Livin’ with the Blues (Acoustic Disc)
Judy Henske- Empty Bed Blues
The Elektra Albums (Ace)
Dave Van Ronk- You’ve Been a Good Old Wagon
…and the tin pan bended, and the story ended… (Smithsonian Folkways)
Gaye Adegbalola- Need a Little Sugar in My Bowl
Bitter Sweet Blues (Alligator)
Bessie Smith- Gimme a Pigfoot (and a Bottle of Beer)
Bessie Smith: The Absolutely Essential 3 CD Collection (Big3)

Martin Grosswendt & Susanne Salem-Schatz- After You’ve Gone
New Songs, Old Hats (Martin Grosswendt & Susanne Salem-Schatz)
Tom Rush- Black Mountain Blues
Tom Rush/Take a Little Walk with Me (BGO)
Odetta- Rich Man Blues (Poor Man’s Blues)
Blues Everywhere I Go (M.C.)
Memphis Slim- Backwater Blues
The Folkways Years 1959-1973 (Smithsonian Folkways)
Bessie Smith- On Revival Day
Bessie Smith: The Absolutely Essential 3 CD Collection (Big3)

The Durham County Poets perform tonight at the Black Sheep Inn in Wakefield.

Durham County Poets- Hand Me Down Blues
Hand Me Down Blues (Durham County Poets)

Ball & Chain and the Wreckers perform tonight at Irene’s.

Ball & Chain and the Wreckers- Surrender
Surrender (Ball and Chain)

Sneezy Waters performs at on Wednesday, October 23 at Irene’s.  

Sneezy Waters- Bird of Paradise
A Letter Home (Sneezy Waters)

Rob Lutes performs Thursday, October 24 at the National Arts Centre Fourth Stage.

Rob Lutes- Hardest Thing of All
Walk in the Dark (Lucky Bear)

“Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story,” starring Ben Caplan, returns to the Babs Asper Theatre at the National Arts Centre from October 17-27.

Ben Caplan- You’ve Arrived
Old Stock (Rhyme and Reason)
The Small Glories- Sing
Assiniboine & the Red (Red House)
The Wild Reeds- Tom Traubert’s Blues
Come On Up to the House: Women Sing Waits (Dualtone)
Bill Jones- So, Here’s to You
Wonderful Fairy Tale (Brick Wall Music)

Aviva Chernick- A Ti, Espanya
La Serena (Aviva Chernick)
Perla Batalla- Cucurrucucu Paloma
Discoteca Batalla (Mechuda Music)
Alex Cuba- La Mujeres
Sublime (Caracol) 

Allison Lupton- Ontario Tune Set
Words of Love (Allison Lupton Music)

I’ll be hosting Saturday Morning next on November 9 during the CKCU Funding Drive.

Find me on Twitter. @MikeRegenstreif

--Mike Regenstreif

Monday, September 23, 2019

Shelley Posen – Ontario Moon

Shelley Posen
Ontario Moon
Well Done Music

(A version of this review was published in the Ottawa Jewish Bulletin.)

Shelley Posen is well known throughout the folk music world as a member of Finest Kind, a mostly-retired Ottawa vocal trio known for its glorious harmonies, and as a versatile singer and songwriter whose work touches many genres. Ontario Moon is his fifth solo album and while two of his previous CDs were on specifically Jewish themes, the dozen songs here are purely secular in nature.

One of the things that’s really nice about this album is that each track is uniquely arranged with musicians specifically recruited for the song in question. For example, the title track, a jazzy, romantic tune that recalls the Tin Pan Alley songs that songwriters like Irving Berlin were writing in the 1930s, features a swinging quintet that includes Django Reinhardt-influenced guitarists Christian Flores and Andrew Tesolin, bassist Mike Mopasi, clarinetist Martin van de Ven of the klezmer band Beyond the Pale, and violinist Mika Posen, Shelley’s daughter.

One of the songs I relate to most on the album is “Night Nurse,” a blues featuring the bottleneck guitar virtuosity of Michael Jerome Browne. The song is a tribute to the care Shelley received several years ago when he underwent surgery at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute. The song mirrors my own experiences with the night nurses when I had my own surgery at the Heart Institute a few years later.

Other favourites include “The Best Song Ever Written,” a fun country song about songwriting; “Back at Bub’s,” a rock ‘n’ roller about a favourite barbecue joint; “Sugar Bush Breakfast,” a very sweet duet with Montreal singer Linda Morrison; “Tea Time,” a clever paean to afternoon tea at the Royal York featuring a classical string quartet; and “Walking in the Rain,” a delightful little piece that sounds like it could have come from a 1940s musical.

While I’ve mentioned about half the songs on the album, all of the others are just as good.

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