Friday, July 1, 2022

Stranger Songs with Mike Regenstreif – CKCU – Tuesday July 5, 2022: Just Who Was It Who Wrote That Song?


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/595/56819.html

Theme: Just Who Was It Who Wrote That Song?

These are songs that have been widely covered by other artists, or that were hits by other artists, but these versions are by the original songwriters.

Kris Kristofferson- Me and Bobby McGee
Me and Bobby McGee (Monument)

Sylvia Tyson & Mike Regenstreif (1997)

Ian & Sylvia
- Four Strong Winds (Ian Tyson)
Four Strong Winds (Vanguard)
Ian & Sylvia- You Were On My Mind (Sylvia Tyson)
Northern Journey (Vanguard)
Steve Gillette- Darcy Farrow
Steve Gillette (Vanguard)
Gordon Lightfoot- Early Morning Rain
Songbook (Warner Archives/Rhino)

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

Kate & Anna McGarrigle
- Heart Like a Wheel (Anna McGarrigle)
Tell My Sister: Kate & Anna McGarrigle (Nonesuch)
Kate & Anna McGarrigle- Talk to Me of Mendocino (Kate McGarrigle)
Tell My Sister: Kate & Anna McGarrigle (Nonesuch)
Fred Neil- Everybody’s Talkin’
The Many Sides of Fred Neil (Collectors’ Choice Music)

Mike Regenstreif & Michael Smith (2014)

Shel Silverstein
- The Unicorn
Inside Folk Songs (Water)
Steve Goodman- City of New Orleans
No Big Surprise: The Steve Goodman Anthology (Red Pajamas)
Michael Smith- The Dutchman
Michael Smith/Love Stories (Flying Fish)

Elizabeth Cotten- Freight Train
Freight Train and Other North Carolina Folk Songs and Tunes (Smithsonian Folkways)
Jesse Fuller- San Francisco Bay Blues
San Francisco Bay Blues (Good Time Jazz)
John Hartford- Gentle On My Mind
Gentle On My Mind and Other Originals (RCA)
Jerry Jeff Walker- Mr. Bojangles
Five Years Gone (Atco)

Ron Hynes & Mike Regenstreif (2007)

Jesse Winchester
- The Brand New Tennessee Waltz
Jesse Winchester (Stony Plain)
Ron Hynes- Sonny’s Dream
Face to the Gale (Artisan Music)
Bonnie Dobson- Morning Dew
Take Me for a Walk in the Morning Dew (Hornbeam)
Joni Mitchell- Both Sides Now
Clouds (Reprise)
Leonard Cohen- Hallelujah
Various Positions (Columbia)

John Stewart- Daydream Believer
The Lonesome Picker Rides Again (Collectors’ Choice Music)
Townes Van Zandt- Pancho & Lefty
Sunshine Boy: The Unheard Studio Sessions and Demos (Omnivore)

Tom Paxton- The Last Thing On My Mind
The Compleat Tom Paxton (Even Compleater) (Rhino Handmade)

Next week: Songs of Woody Guthrie, Part 1: Classic Songs

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--Mike Regenstreif

Thursday, June 23, 2022

Stranger Songs with Mike Regenstreif – CKCU – Tuesday June 28, 2022: The Folkways Legacy of Sam Gesser


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 at home and can already be streamed on-demand by clicking on “Listen Now” at … https://cod.ckcufm.com/programs/595/56730.html

Theme: The Folkways Legacy of Sam Gesser.


In 1951, Samuel Gesser of Montreal – who died in 2008 at age 78 – became the Canadian distributor for Folkways Records. Early on, Sam pointed out to Moses Asch, the owner of Folkways, that there wasn’t any Canadian music in its catalog. “What are you going to do about that?” Asch asked him. Sam responded by finding Canadian folk music and folk music performers to record.

Between 1952 and 1964, Folkways released more than 100 LPs of Canadian folk music (and at least a couple of albums of Canadian poetry) produced or commissioned by Sam – all of which remain available through Smithsonian Folkways. The songs, tunes and poem on this show are drawn from just a few of those LPs.

I met Sam in the 1970s. By then, he was Montreal’s preeminent concert producer. Sam became a good friend and mentor and we’d get together over lunch a couple of times per year for decades. We also worked together on several projects over the years. I learned much from my many conversations with Sam. A tribute to Sam on the Smithsonian Folkways website is available at this link

Alan Mills- The Squid-Jiggin’ Ground
Folk Songs of Newfoundland (Folkways)

Alan Mills- The Boys of the Island
Songs of the Maritimes: Lumberman Songs and Songs of the Sea (Folkways)
Wade Hemsworth- Peter Rambley (Peter Amberley)
Folk Songs of the Canadian North Woods (Folkways)
Ken Peacock- Lots of Fish in Bonavist’ Harbour
Songs and Ballads of Newfoundland (Folkways)
Mrs. Edward Gallagher- I’m Going to Get Married
Folk Music from Nova Scotia (Folkways)
William Paul, Martin Sack & John Knockwood- Micmac Indian War Song
Folk Music from Nova Scotia (Folkways)

Jean Carignan with Pete Seeger- Reel du Pendu/The Hangman’s Reel
Old Time Fiddle Tunes Played by Jean Carignan (Folkways)
Karen James- Le Papier D’Éping
Through Streets Broad and Narrow (Folkways)
Jacques Labrecque- Monsieur Le Curé
Folk Songs of France and French Canada (Folkways)
Hélène Baillargeon & Alan Mills- J’ai Tant Dansé
Songs of French Canada (Folkways)
Madame Beavan- Pis Ôte-Toé Donc
Songs of French Canada (Folkways)
Leonard Cohen- Les Vieux
Six Montreal Poets (Folkways)

Jean Carignan- Reel du Bon Vieux Temps
Songs and Dances of Quebec (Folkways)

O.J. Abbott- Hogan’s Lake
Lumbering Songs from the Ontario Shanties (Folkways)
Joe Kelly- Johnny Doyle
Lumbering Songs from the Ontario Shanties (Folkways)
Geraldine Sullivan- Maggie Howie
Folk Songs of Ontario (Folkways)
Lamont Tilden- The Murder of F.C. Benwell
Folk Songs of Ontario (Folkways)

William Peaychew- Cree Greeting Song (Shaking Hands Song)
Indian Music of the Canadian Plains (Folkways)
The Loewen Orchestra- The Northern Trappers Rendezvous
Songs and Ballads of Northern Saskatchewan and Northern Manitoba (Folkways)
Herbert Sills- O Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie
Folksongs of Saskatchewan (Folkways)
Anne Halderman- A Poor Lone Girl in Saskatchewan
Folksongs of Saskatchewan (Folkways)

Stanley G. Triggs- The Oda G.
Bunkhouse and Forecastle Songs of the Northwest (Folkways)
Barry Hall- Pretty Peggy O
The Virtuoso 5-String Banjo played by Barry Hall (Folkways)
Alan Mills- The Klondike Gold Rush
Canada’s Story in Song (Folkways)
Angutnak & Matee- Girl’s Game
The Eskimos of Hudson Bay (Folkways)

Paul Konoplenko-Zaporozetz- Our Ukraine
The Kozba (Folkways)
Raasche- Gey Ich Mir Shpatzirin
Jewish Folk Songs of Europe (Folkways)

Karen James- Mary-Anne
Through Streets Broad and Narrow (Folkways)
Alan Mills- Brave Wolfe
Canada’s Story in Song (Folkways)
Karen James- The Ghost Lover
Karen James (Folkways)
Wade Hemsworth- V’la l’Bon Vent
Folk Songs of the Canadian North Woods (Folkways)
Alan Mills- Un Canadien Errant
Canada’s Story in Song (Folkways)
Karen James- Captain Wedderburn’s Courtship
Karen James (Folkways)

Next week: Just Who Was It Who Wrote That Song?

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--Mike Regenstreif

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Stranger Songs with Mike Regenstreif – CKCU – Tuesday June 21, 2022: Songs from “Porgy & Bess” and other Gershwin classics


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 at home and can already be streamed on-demand by clicking on “Listen Now” at … https://cod.ckcufm.com/programs/595/56633.html

Theme: Songs from “Porgy & Bess” and other Gershwin classics.


The folk and jazz influenced opera “Porgy & Bess,” composed by George Gershwin with lyrics by Du Bose Heyward and Ira Gershwin premiered on Broadway in 1935 and was based on Du Bose Heyward’s novel, Porgy, published in 1925.

Moore & McGregor- Summertime
Dream with Me (Ivernia)


Ella Fitzgerald
- I Wants to Stay Here
Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong: Porgy & Bess (Verve)
Lena Horne- My Man’s Gone Now
Harry Belafonte & Lena Horne: Porgy & Bess (RCA)
Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong- I Got Plenty O’Nuttin
Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong: Porgy & Bess (Verve)
Ray Charles- Buzzard Song
Ray Charles & Cleo Laine: Porgy & Bess (RCA)
Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong- Bess, You is My Woman Now
Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong: Porgy & Bess (Verve)


Miles Davis
- Gone, Gone, Gone
Miles Davis: Porgy & Bess (Columbia/Legacy)


Dave Van Ronk
- It Ain’t Necessarily So
Hummin’ to Myself (Gazell)
Cleo Laine- What You Want Wid Bess?
Ray Charles & Cleo Laine: Porgy & Bess (RCA)
Harry Belafonte- A Woman is Sometime Thing
Harry Belafonte & Lena Horne: Porgy & Bess (RCA)
Ella Fitzgerald- Oh, Doctor Jesus
Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong: Porgy & Bess (Verve)
Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong- Medley: Here Comes de Honey Man/Crab Man/Oh, Dey’s So Fresh and Fine (Strawberry Woman)
Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong: Porgy & Bess (Verve)


Nina Simone- I Loves You, Porgy
Nina Simone With Strings (Colpix)
Harry Belafonte- Bess, Oh Where’s My Bess
Harry Belafonte & Lena Horne: Porgy & Bess (RCA)
Phoebe Snow- There’s a Boat That’s Leaving Soon for New York
Second Childhood (Columbia)
Louis Armstrong- Oh Lawd, I’m On My Way
Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong: Porgy & Bess (Verve)

Other Gershwin classics

Samoa Wilson with The Jim Kweskin Band- Our Love is Here to Stay
I Just Want to Be Horizontal (Kingswood)
Willie Nelson- I Got Rhythm
Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin (Legacy)
Billie Holiday- Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off
Songs for Distingué Lovers (Verve)

Dave Van Ronk- Sweet and Lowdown
Sweet & Lowdown (Justin Time)
Scarlett, Washington & Whiteley- Lady Be Good
Sitting on a Rainbow (Borealis)
The Hot Club of Cowtown- Someone to Watch Over Me
Wishful Thinking (Gold Strike)

Oscar Peterson- Liza (The Clouds’ll Roll Away)
The Jazz Soul of Oscar Peterson (Verve)

Next week: The Folkways Legacy of Sam Gesser.

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--Mike Regenstreif

Sunday, June 12, 2022

Saturday Morning with Mike Regenstreif – CKCU – Saturday June 18, 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 prerecorded at home and can already be streamed on-demand at … https://cod.ckcufm.com/programs/128/56601.html

Mike Regenstreif & Maria Dunn (2017)

Maria Dunn
- Heart in Hand
Joyful Banner Blazing (Distant Whisper)

Tom Paxton, Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer- Pete’s Shoulders (The Power of Song)
All New (Community Music)
Noel Paul Stookey- Not That Kind of Music
Just Causes (Neworld Multimedia)
Reggie Harris- High Over the Hudson
On Solid Ground (Reggie Harris Music)
Pete Seeger with Arlo Guthrie & Shenendoah- Precious Friend You Will Be There
Precious Friend (Warner Bros.)

Conklin Céilí Band- Augustus and Catherine
A Three Legged Stool (Conklin Céilí Band)
Bill Gallaher & Jake Galbraith- The Hold Up
The Last Battle: The Best of Bill Gallaher & Jake Galbraith (Theatre Erebus)

Geoff Bartley- Bird with a Broken Wing
Keep Your Eyes on the Road (Magic Crow)
Jack Williams- We’re All Alike
A Tickle in My Soul (Wind River)
Mollie O'Brien & Rich Moore- Central Square
Love Runner (Remington Road)

Bill Garrett & Sue Lothrop- Red Shoes
Red Shoes (Borealis)
Bruce Murdoch- I Sit and Count the Stars
Matters of the Heart (Bruce Murdoch)
Ronney Abramson- The Best Friend I’ve Ever Known
Stowaway (Castor Island Music)

Diana Jones- Crossing Borders
Crossing Borders – single (Diana Jones)
Lenka Lichtenberg- Utíkej, utíkej ?lov??e/Run, run, you little human
Thieves of Dreams (Six Degrees)
Tom Paxton, Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer- To the Ones Who Gave It All
All New (Community Music)

Tom Russell & Mike Regenstreif (2005)

Corb Lund
- Blue Wing
Songs My Friends Wrote (New West)
Nanci Griffith- St. Olav’s Gate (Tom Russell)
The Last of the True Believers (Philo)
Tom Russell- The Sparrow of Swansea (For Dylan Thomas)
Folk Hotel (Frontera)
The Wardens- Sold Out at the Ironwood
Sold Out at the Ironwood (The Wardens)

Deirdre McCalla- I Do Not Walk This Path Alone
Endless Grace (MaidenRock)
Reggie Harris- Hickory Hill
Ready to Go (Reggie Harris Music)
Theresa Thomason, Henrique Eisenmann & Paul Winter- Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
Paul Winter Consort: Concert in the Barn (Living Music)
Catherine Russell- Juneteenth Jamboree/Royal Garden Blues
Cat (World Village)

Mama's Broke- Just Pick One
Narrow Line (Free Dirt)
Hilary Hawke with Reed Stutz- Crossing the River
Lilygild (Hilary Hawke)
Kim Beggs- Down By the River
Steel and Wool (Out of a Paper Bag Productions)
Steve Lundquist- Appalachian Style
My Life in Song (Steve Lundquist)

Edie Carey- The Cypress and the Oak
The Veil (Edie Carey)

Ken Whiteley- Long Time Travelling
Long Time Travelling (Ken Whiteley)
Marianne Flemming- Small Hope Bay
Across the Hemisphere (Marianne Flemming Music)
Barney Bentall- Cody Road
Cosmic Dreamer (True North)

Tom Paxton, Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer- Guild D25
All New (Community Music)
Peter Lehndorff- Reunion
Don’t Be Discouraged (Peter Lehndorff)
John Gorka- Arroyo Seco
True in Time (Red House)
Eliza Gilkyson- The Hill Behind This Town
Songs From the River Wind (Howlin’ Dog)

Lucy Kaplansky- Independence Day
Last Days of Summer (Lucyricky)
Amy Speace- Blues for Joy
Tuscon (Windbone)
Amanda Rheaume- The Spaces In Between
The Spaces In Between (Ishkõdé)

Judy Collins & Mike Regenstreif (2014)

Judy Collins
- Pacing the Cage
Portrait of an American Girl (Wildflower)
Durham County Poets- What We Got Going On
Out of the Woods (Durham County Poets)
Lynne Hanson- Hundred Mile Wind
Ice Cream in November (Panda Cave)

Mitch Greenhill- The Places Where Friends Used to Be
Mitchology (Mitch Greenhill)

I’ll be hosting Saturday Morning next on July 16. I also host Stranger Songs on CKCU every Tuesday from 3:30-5 pm.

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--Mike Regenstreif

Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Stranger Songs with Mike Regenstreif – CKCU – Tuesday June 14, 2022: Songs of Wade Hemsworth and Songs of Bill Morrissey


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 at home and can already be streamed on-demand by clicking on “Listen Now” at … https://cod.ckcufm.com/programs/595/56556.html

Theme: Songs of Wade Hemsworth (1916-2002) and Songs of Bill Morrissey (1951-2011).

Wade Hemsworth

Wade Hemsworth
, who died in 2002 at age 85, was probably the first important songwriter to come out of the Canadian folk music scene. Although Wade was not very prolific – he wrote less than 20 songs – many of those songs have become classics of Canadian folk music. After serving in the Royal Canadian Air Force during the Second World War, Wade worked as a surveyor in Northern Ontario, Quebec and Labrador and those experiences were the basis for many of his songs. He moved to Montreal in 1952 to work as a draftsman for the Canadian National Railway and began performing on the Montreal folk music scene.

Bill Morrissey

Bill Morrissey
, who died in 2011 at age 59, was one of the finest songwriters of my generation of folk musicians. Bill lived in New Hampshire and many of his songs reflect life in the mill towns of that part of New England. Bill also wrote an excellent novel, Edson, about a folksinger, not unlike himself, living in one of those mill towns.

Bill Staines- The Black Fly Song
Just Play One Tune More (Folk-Legacy)
Wade Hemsworth- In the Wintertime
The Songs of Wade Hemsworth (Blackfly Music)
Dan Berggren/John Kirk/Chris Shaw with Ann Downey- Log Driver’s Waltz
North River/North Woods (Sleeping Giant)
Wade Hemsworth with the Mountain City Four- Quiet on the River
Wade Hemsworth with the Mountain City Four (Peter Weldon)

Mike Regenstreif & Bill Morrissey (2005)

Bill Morrissey
- Small Town on the River
Bill Morrissey (Philo)
Mark Erelli- Handsome Molly
Milltowns (Hillbilly Pilgrim)
Lucy Kaplansky- Texas Blues
The Tide (Red House)
Bill Morrissey- Barstow
Bill Morrissey (Philo)

Art Thieme- The Shining Birch Tree (Land of the Muskeg)
On the Wilderness Road (Folk-Legacy)
Fairport Convention- Foolish You
Old, New, Borrowed, Blue (Green Linnet)
Wade Hemsworth- Song of the Old Rooster
The Songs of Wade Hemsworth (Blackfly Music)

John Gorka, Mike Regenstreif & Lucy Kaplansky (2012)

John Gorka
- She’s That Kind of Mystery
Bright Side of Down (Red House)
Bill Morrissey- Ice Fishing
North (Philo)
Laurie MacAlliaster & David Glaser- Birches
The Lies the Poets Tell (Laurie MacAllister)

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

Rick Fielding
- Wild Goose
Lifeline (Folk-Legacy)
The Wakami Wailers- Whitewater (The Log Jam Song)
River Through the Pines (The Wakami Wailers)
Kate & Anna McGarrigle- My Mother is the Ocean Sea
CBC Variety 3 (CBC)
Wade Hemsworth with the Mountain City Four- The Story of the I’m Alone
Wade Hemsworth with the Mountain City Four (Peter Weldon)

Peter Keane- I Wonder If I’ll Ever Leave
Walkin’ Around (Flying Fish)
Cormac McCarthy- Marigold Hall
Picture Gallery Blues (Green Linnet)
Mark Erelli- Long Gone
Milltowns (Hillbilly Pilgrim)
Bill Morrissey- By the Grave of Baudelaire
Come Running (Turn and Spin Media)

Wade Hemsworth with the Mountain City Four- Our Last and Humble Home
Wade Hemsworth with the Mountain City Four (Peter Weldon)

Next week: Songs from “Porgy and Bess.”

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--Mike Regenstreif

Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Stranger Songs with Mike Regenstreif – CKCU – Tuesday June 7, 2022: Disney Songs


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 at https://www.ckcufm.com/ on the web.

This episode of Stranger Songs was prerecorded at home and can already be streamed on-demand by clicking on “Listen Now” at … https://cod.ckcufm.com/programs/595/56478.html

Theme: Disney Songs


This theme was inspired by Ron DeSantis, the governor of Florida, and other Florida Republicans who picked a fight with Disney because Disney ultimately stood up for the LGBTQ+ community in the wake of Florida’s so-called Don’t Say Gay law.

Ken Nordine, Bill Frisell, Wayne Horvitz, Natalie Merchant, Michael Stipe, Mark Bingham, The Roches/Los Lobos- Opening Medley: Hi Diddle Dee Dee (An Actor’s Life for Me)/Little April Shower/I Wanna Be Like You
Stay Awake: Various Interpretations of Music from Vintage Disney Films (A&M)

Louis Armstrong- Whistle While You Work
Disney Songs the Satchmo Way (Buena Vista)
Mary Martin with Tutti Camarata & His Orchestra- Heigh-Ho
Disney’s Jazz Album: Big Band & Swing (Disneyland)
Imany- Someday My Prince Will Come
Jazz Loves Disney (Verve)

Dakota Dave Hull & Sean Blackburn- Blue Shadows on the Trail
River of Swing (Arabica)
Louis Armstrong- Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo
Disney Songs the Satchmo Way (Buena Vista)
Scatman Crothers, Phill Harris, Thurl Ravenscroft & Liz English- Ev’rybody Wants to Be a Cat
Disney’s Jazz Album: Big Band & Swing (Disneyland)

The Amazing Keystone Big Band- Steamboat Willie
Jazz Loves Disney (Verve)

Louis Prima- Chim Chim Cher-ee
Let’s Fly with Mary Poppins (Walt Disney)
Julie Andrews- A Spoonful of Sugar
Disney’s Jazz Album: Big Band & Swing (Disneyland)
Gia Malone- Sister Suffragette
Let’s Fly with Mary Poppins (Walt Disney)
Duke Ellington- Let’s Go Fly a Kite
Mary Poppins (Reprise)
Louis Prima & Gia Malone- Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious
Let’s Fly with Mary Poppins (Walt Disney)

Mary Martin with Tutti Camarata & His Orchestra- I’m Late
Disney’s Jazz Album: Big Band & Swing (Disneyland)
Bill Lee- Cruella De Vil
Disney’s Jazz Album: Big Band & Swing (Disneyland)
Melody Gardot- He’s a Tramp
Jazz Loves Disney (Verve)
Missy Burgess & Michael Burgess- When You Wish Upon a Star
Pour Me a Song (Patio)

Phil Harris- Thomas O’Malley Cat
Disney’s Jazz Album: Big Band & Swing (Disneyland)
Eliza Gilkyson- Bare Necessities
Your Town Tonight (Red House)

Bonnie Raitt & Was (Not Was)- Baby Mine
Stay Awake: Various Interpretations of Music from Vintage Disney Films (A&M)
Guy Van Duser with Leon Collins- When I See an Elephant Fly
Stride Guitar (Rounder)

Madeleine Peyroux- The Golden Touch
Jazz Loves Disney (Verve)
Maria Muldaur with Dan Hicks- Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah
Swingin’ in the Rain (Music for Little People)
Aaron Neville- Mickey Mouse March
Stay Awake: Various Interpretations of Music from Vintage Disney Films (A&M)

The Dave Brubeck Quartet- Give a Little Whistle
Dave Digs Disney (Columbia)

Next week: Songs of Wade Hemsworth and Songs of Bill Morrissey

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--Mike Regenstreif

Friday, May 27, 2022

Stranger Songs with Mike Regenstreif – CKCU – Tuesday May 31, 2022: Reflections on Freedom


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 at home and can already be streamed on-demand by clicking on “Listen Now” at … https://cod.ckcufm.com/programs/595/56423.html

Theme: Reflections on Freedom.

The very idea of Freedom is not something we can be complacent about. As one of the songs on this show notes, Freedom is a Constant Struggle.

Lois Deloatch- Hymn to Freedom
Hymn to Freedom: Homage to Oscar Peterson (Improv Media)

Ken Whiteley- Freedom is a Constant Struggle
Freedom Blues (Borealis)

Billy Bragg, SONiA disappear fear & Mike Regenstreif (2017)

James Gordon
- Crybabies Caravan
Crybabies Caravan – single (James Gordon)
Billy Bragg- Freedom Doesn’t Come for Free
The Million Things That Never Happened (Cooking Vinyl)

Kim & Reggie Harris- Follow the Drinking Gourd
Steal Away: Songs of the Underground Railroad (Appleseed)
Khari Wendell McClelland- No More Auction Block
Freedom Singer (Khari Wendell McClelland)

Odetta- Freedom Trilogy: Oh Freedom, Come & Go with Me, I’m On My Way
Gonna Let It Shine (M.C.)
Crabtree & Mills- The Price of Freedom
Freedom (Free & Easy Music)
Reggie Harris- Standing in Freedom’s Name
On Solid Ground (Reggie Harris Music)
Peter, Paul & Mary- No Easy Walk to Freedom
No Easy Walk to Freedom (Gold Castle)

The video of this performance of “Ukrainian Now” is at this link. 

John McCutcheon with Tom Paxton, Noel Paul Stookey, Peter Yarrow, Bill Miller, Tret Fure, Holly Near Joe Jencks, Emma's Revolution, Rebel Voices, Crys Matthews, Carrie Newcomer & Christine Lavin- Ukrainian Now
Ukrainian Now – single (Appalseed)
Lenka Lichtenberg- Ženeme ?as/We’re chasing time
Thieves of Dreams (Six Degrees)
SONiA disappear fear- By My Silence
By My Silence (Disappear)

Mike Regenstreif & Eric Bibb (2005)

Ladysmith Black Mambazo
- Long Walk to Freedom
Long Walk to Freedom (Heads Up International)
Eric Bibb- Stayed On Freedom
Get Onboard (Telarc)

Rosalie Sorrels- Rosie Jane
No Closing Chord: The Songs of Malvina Reynolds (Red House)
Eric Bogle- Roll Call
A Toss of the Coin (Greentrax)

Judy Collins- Liberté
Portrait of an American Girl (Wildflower)

Oscar Peterson- Hymn to Freedom
Night Train (Verve)

Next week: Disney Songs.

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--Mike Regenstreif

Saturday, May 21, 2022

Stranger Songs with Mike Regenstreif – CKCU – Tuesday May 24, 2022: More Songs of Bob Dylan


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 at home and can already be streamed on-demand by clicking on “Listen Now” at … https://cod.ckcufm.com/programs/595/56363.html

Theme: More Songs of Bob Dylan.


A year ago, in the week surrounding Bob Dylan’s 80th birthday, I presented three shows of Dylan songs on CKCU: two editions of Stranger Songs and one of the Saturday Morning Show. Given his prolific output over the past 60 years, I only scratched the surface of Dylan’s great songs. So, our theme on this edition of Stranger Songs – which falls on Dylan’s birthday – is More Songs of Bob Dylan – all of them interpretations by other artists.

Mike Regenstreif & Joan Baez (2003)

Tom Russell- Seven Curses
Indians Cowboys Horses Dogs (HighTone)
Martin Simpson- North Country Blues
Vagrant Stanzas (Topic)
Joan Baez- Love is Just a Four-Letter Word
Any Day Now (Vanguard)

Tim O'Brien- Tombstone Blues
Red On Blonde (Sugar Hill)
Richie Havens- Maggie’s Farm
Something Else Again (Verve Forecast)
Sneezy Waters & His Very Fine Band- I Threw It All Away
Live (Sneezy Waters)

Jack Williams & Mike Regenstreif (2016)

Barney Bentall & Valentino Trapani- You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go
Cosmic Dreamer (True North)
Ben Sidran- Tangled Up in Blue
Dylan Different (Bonsai)
Andrea Von Kampen- If You See Her, Say Hello
Old Country (Tone Tree Music)
Jack Williams- Buckets of Rain
Laughing in the Face of the Blues (Wind River)

Julie Felix- Romance in Durango
Starry Eyed and Laughing… Songs by Bob Dylan (Remarkable)
Tom Jones- One More Cup of Coffee
Surrounded By Time (S-Curve)
Cowboy Junkies- I’ve Made Up My Mind to Give Myself to You
Dylan …Revisited (Uncut)

Guy Davis & Mike Regenstreif (2006)

Durham County Poets
- Not Dark Yet
Out of the Woods (Durham County Poets)
Ian Hanchet- Everything is Broken
Dealin’ from the Bottom (of My Heart) (Ian Hanchet)
Guy Davis- Sweetheart Like You
A Nod to Bob (Red House)
Bettye LaVette- Going, Going, Gone
Things Have Changed (Verve)

The Copper Ponies- Ring Them Bells
Ring Them Bells (Hudson Harding)
Happy Traum- Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here with You
I Walk the Road Again (Roaring Stream)

Elana James- I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight
Black Beauty (Snarf)

Next week: Reflections on Freedom.

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--Mike Regenstreif

Friday, May 20, 2022

Saturday Morning with Mike Regenstreif – CKCU – Saturday May 21, 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 prerecorded at home and can already be streamed on-demand at … https://cod.ckcufm.com/programs/128/56352.html

Ian Tamblyn- Tiger Lily Road
Voice in the Wilderness (North Track)

OXLIP- Come All Ye Fair and Tender Ladies
Come All Ye Fair and Tender Ladies (World Peach)
Ian Robb & James Stephens- Bold Riley
Declining …with thanks (Fallen Angle)
Séan McCann- Deep Blue Sea
Shantyman (Séan McCann)

Tom Mitchell & Mike Regenstreif (1999)

Edie Carey
- Georgia
The Veil (Edie Carey)
Barney Bentall- Potter’s Wheel
Cosmic Dreamer (True North)
Chuck Brodsky- It Takes Two Wings
Gravity, Wings, and Heavy Things (Chuck Brodsky)
Barry Oreck- Wounded
Leap Year (Barry Oreck)
Tom Mitchell- Old Blue Train
When the Moon is Right (Truesongs)

Amy Speace- Little Red
Tuscon (Windbone)
Kim Beggs- Not a Man of God
Steel and Wool (Out of a Paper Bag Productions)
Allison Russell- Poison Arrow
Outside Child (Fantasy)
Amanda Rheaume- Red Dress
Holding Patterns (Amanda Rheaume)

Mike Stevens- Watermelon Pie
Breathe In the World Breathe Out Music (Stony Plain)

The video of this performance of “Ukrainian Now” is at this link. 

John McCutcheon with Tom Paxton, Noel Paul Stookey, Peter Yarrow, Bill Miller, Tret Fure, Holly Near, Joe Jencks, Emma's Revolution, Rebel Voices, Crys Matthews, Carrie Newcomer & Christine Lavin- Ukrainian Now
Ukrainian Now – single (Appalseed) 

Lenka Lichtenberg- Kam jsme to zašli?/What is this place?
Thieves of Dreams (Six Degrees)
Lily Henley- La Galud (The Exile)
Oras Dezaoradas (Lior Éditions)

Gathering Sparks- Many Sparks Make a Fire
All That’s Real (Borealis)
Vanessa Lively- (Truth Is) I Am Found
Truth Is (Animada)
Martyn Joseph- Born Too Late
1960 (Pipe)

Marc Jordan & Amy Sky- Dimming of the Day
He Sang She Sang (Linus)
Susan Cattaneo- Diamond Days
All is Quiet (Jersey Girl Music)
Steve Lundquist- You Got Gold
My Life in Song (Steve Lundquist)

Nina Simone- I Shall Be Released
To Love Somebody (RCA)
Dalia Davis- My Back Pages
Keep a Clean Engine (Teal Power)
James Lee Baker- Just Like a Woman
Impressions (James Lee Baker)
Bob Dylan- I Contain Multitudes
Rough and Rowdy Ways (Columbia)

Oscar Peterson- Liza
The Jazz Soul of Oscar Peterson (Verve)

Mike Regenstreif & The Durham County Poets (2014)

Durham County Poets
- Working On It
Out of the Woods (Durham County Poets)
The Hogtown Allstars- Mr. Lucky
Hog Wild (Stony Plain)
Jim Patton & Sherry Brokus- Austin Night
Going the Distance (Berkalin)

Mike Regenstreif & Barbara Dane (2017)

Taj Mahal & Ry Cooder- Drinkin’ Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee
Get On Board: The Songs of Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee (Nonesuch)
Guy Davis & Fabrizio Poggi- Louise, Louise
Sonny & Brownie’s Last Train (M.C.)
Barbara Dane with Earl ‘Fatha’ Hines & His Orchestra- Livin’ with the Blues
Livin’ with the Blues (Dreadnaught)
Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee- Walk On
Working Man Blues (Sunset Blvd.)

Bonnie Dobson- Who are These Men?
Take Me for a Walk in the Morning Dew (Hornbeam)
Rain Perry featuring Mark Hallman- (Walk Me Out in the) Morning Dew
A White Album (Precipitous)

Jenny Reynolds- Before I Know You’re Gone
Any Kind of Angel (Jenny Reynolds)
Steve Madewell- Hometown Blues
Hometown Blues (Barnsongs)
Courtney Hale Revia- One Way Out
Growing Pains (Courtney Hale Revia)
Doug Kolmar- Black Cloud
So Said Life (Doug Kolmar)

Wolf & Clover- O’Carolan’s Farewell to Music
Twelvemonth and a Day (Wolf & Clover)

I’ll be hosting Saturday Morning next on June 18. I also host Stranger Songs on CKCU every Tuesday from 3:30-5 pm.

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--Mike Regenstreif

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Stranger Songs with Mike Regenstreif – CKCU – Tuesday May 17, 2022: These Songs are for the Birds


Stranger Songs with Mike Regenstreif finds connections and develops themes in various genres. The show is broadcast on CKCU in Ottawa on Tuesday afternoons 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 at home and can already be streamed on-demand by clicking on “Listen Now” at … https://cod.ckcufm.com/programs/595/56250.html

Theme: These Songs are for the Birds.

Some of these songs are literal in their avian imagery. Some are metaphorical.


Bruce Cockburn- For the Birds
Sunwheel Dance: Deluxe Edition (True North)

Mike Regenstreif & Marc Nerenberg (2009)

Mike Stevens & Polly Harris
- Like a Little Bird
Breathe In the World Breathe Out Music (Stony Plain)
Don Armstrong- Hey Little Bird
Mother Don’t Give Up on Me Now (Ronstadt Record Co.)
Marc Nerenberg- Little Birdie: A Reimagined Traditional Song
Little Birdie: Birds, Beasts & Banjo Blues (Marc Nerenberg)
Happy & Artie Traum- Golden Bird
Happy and Artie Traum (Capitol)
Judy Henske- High Flying Bird
The Elektra Albums (Ace)

Lynn Miles- All the Birds
Black Flowers Vol. 4 (Lynn Miles)
Michael Earnie’ Taylor- Swans Upon the Avon
Folk ‘n’ Western (Laughing Cactus Music)
Finest Kind- I Heard the Bluebird Sing
Lost in a Song (Fallen Angle)

Bill Staines- This Song is for the Birds
Third Time Around (Catfish)

Kim Wallach- Settle In (Chatter of the Finches)
Chatter of the Finches (Black Socks Press)
Vanessa Lively- I am a Skylark
Truth Is (Animada)
Martha Seyler & Robert Resnik- Skylark
Martha Sings & Robert Plays (Martha Seyler & Robert Resnik)
Perla Batalla- Cucurrucucu Paloma
Discoteca Batalla (Mechuda Music)

Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer- Redwinged Blackbird
Get Up and Do Right (Community Music)
Ian Tamblyn- The Birds
Voice in the Wilderness (North Track)
Julie Felix- The Heron
Rock Me Goddess (Remarkable)
Sneezy Waters- Bird of Paradise
A Letter Home (Sneezy Waters)

Mike Regenstreif & Michael Smith (2014)

Brian QTN
- To Be Done
OsculEARiosophy (Brian QTN)
Anya Hinkle- My Faithful Sparrow
Eden and Her Borderlands (Organic)
Michael Smith- We Become Birds
Love Letter on a Fish (Tales from the Tavern)

Diana Jones- Love Song to a Bird
Song to a Refugee (Goldmine)
Tom Russell- Wild Geese
Play One More: The Songs of Ian & Sylvia (True North)
Last Forever- The Nightingale’s Song
No Place Like Home/Last Forever (2nd Story Sound)

Natalie MacMaster- The Golden Eagle
Sketches (Linus)

Next week: More Songs of Bob Dylan.

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--Mike Regenstreif

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Stranger Songs with Mike Regenstreif – CKCU – Tuesday May 10, 2022: “Rooty Toot Toot for the Moon”


Stranger Songs with Mike Regenstreif finds connections and develops themes in various genres. The show is broadcast on CKCU in Ottawa on Tuesday afternoons 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 at home and can already be streamed on-demand by clicking on “Listen Now” at … https://cod.ckcufm.com/programs/595/56173.html

Theme: “Rooty Toot Toot for the Moon”


Tom Paxton- Looking for the Moon
Looking for the Moon (Appleseed)

Over the Moon- Over the Moon
Moondancer (Over the Moon)
Shelley Posen- Ontario Moon
Ontario Moon (Well Done Music)
Leon Redbone- Shine On Harvest Moon
Double Time (Warner Bros.)
Chaim Tannenbaum- It’s Only a Paper Moon
Chaim Tannenbaum (StorySound)

Patti Casey with Paul Asbell- Blue Moon
Just an Old Sweet Song (Long Shot Music)
Martha Seyler & Robert Resnik- Blue Moon of Kentucky
Martha Sings & Robert Plays (Martha Seyler & Robert Resnik)
Pat Alger- Once in a Very Blue Moon
True Love & Other Short Stories (Sugar Hill)

Noel Paul Stookey- I’ll Be Seeing You
Fazz: Now & Then (Neworld Multimedia)

Mike Regenstreif & Erik Frandsen (1976) phot0: Felicity Fanjoy

Erik Frandsen
- Dig That Moon
Antiques: New & Used (Erik Frandsen)
Nanci Griffith- Grapefruit Moon
Ruby’s Torch (Rounder)
Billie Holiday- I Wished On the Moon
Songs for Distingué Lovers (Verve)
Durham County Poets- The Moon Won’t Go Down
Hand Me Down Blues (Durham County Poets)

Ben Bullington- Ring Around the Moon
White Sulphur Springs (Ben Bullington)
Lily Henley- Alta Alta Va La Luna
Oras Dezaoradas (Lior Éditions)
Perla Batalla- Cuando Sale la Luna
Discoteca Batalla (Mechuda Music)
Tom Russell- Walking On the Moon
Old Songs Yet to Sing (Frontera)

Maggie & Terre Roche- Underneath the Moon
Where Do I Come From: Selected Songs (StorySound)
Kevin Head- Full Moon
Hear Them Callin’ (Kevin Head)
Ian Tyson- Horsethief Moon
Eighteen Inches of Rain (Stony Plain)

Mike Regenstreif, Tom Paxton & Joel Mabus (2001) phto: Janice Hanson

Joel Mabus- The Moon May Never Shine This Way Again
Time & Truth (Fossil)
Vance Gilbert- Unfamiliar Moon
Unfamiliar Moon (Disismye Music)
Missy Burgess- Drive to the Moon
Play Me Sweet (Missy Burgess)
David Francey- Big Texas Moon
Empty Train (Laker Music)

Lui Collins- Rooty Toot Toot for the Moon
Baptism of Fire (Green Linnet)

Next week: These Songs are for the Birds.

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--Mike Regenstreif

Thursday, April 28, 2022

Stranger Songs with Mike Regenstreif – CKCU – Tuesday May 3, 2022: Songs of – or inspired by – Jesse Winchester (1944-2014)


Stranger Songs with Mike Regenstreif
finds connections and develops themes in various genres. The show is broadcast on CKCU in Ottawa on Tuesday afternoons 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 at home and can already be streamed on-demand by clicking on “Listen Now” at … https://cod.ckcufm.com/programs/595/56097.html

Theme: Songs of – or inspired by – Jesse Winchester  (1944-2014)


Jesse Winchester
- Nothing but a Breeze
Nothing but a Breeze (Stony Plain)

Bob Stark describes “I Can’t Be Sure” as a fictional sequel to Jesse Winchester’s “Yankee Lady.”

Jesse Winchester- Yankee Lady
Jesse Winchester (Stony Plain)
Bob Stark- I Can’t Be Sure
Sculpted Pieces of Love (Bob Stark)
Lisa Moscatiello- Biloxi
Second Avenue (Machine Heart)
Kate & Anna McGarrigle & Emmylou Harris- Skip Rope Song
The McGarrigle Hour (Hannibal)
Rick Fines- That’s What Makes You Strong
Solar Powered Too (Rick Fines)

Mike Regenstreif & Jesse Winchester (2006)

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

Myles Goodwyn- Isn’t That So
And Friends of the Blues (Linus)
Bailey Bigger- Mississippi You’re On My Mind
Coyote Red (Madjack)
William Bell- All of Your Stories
This is Where I Live (Stax) 

Jesse Winchester & Mike Regenstreif (2000)

Mimi Fariña with Lowell Levinger
- Defying Gravity
Live in Germany: To Benefit Bread & Roses (Dogfish Music)
Jesse Winchester- Black Dog
Seems Like Only Yesterday – Live in Montreal 1976 (Real Gone Music)

Steve Lundquist’s “Tennessee Kid” was inspired by Jesse Winchester. The title is a reference to a line in Jesse’s “Brand New Tennessee Waltz.”

Steve Lundquist- Tennessee Kid
My Life in Song (Steve Lundquist)
Ralph Stanley & Del McCoury- Brand New Tennessee Waltz
Man of Constant Sorrow (Cracker Barrel)
Christine Albert- L’air de la Louisiane
Paris, Texafrance (MoonHouse)
Susie Burke & David Surette- I Turn to My Guitar
Waiting for the Sun (Madrina Music)
Jesse Winchester- Sham-A-Ling-Dong-Ding
Love Filling Station (Appleseed)

Emmylou Harris & The Nash Ramblers- My Songbird
Ramble in Music City: The Lost Concert 1990 (Nonesuch)
Chris Smither- Thanks to You
Small Revelations (HighTone)
Lucy Kaplansky- Everybody Knows but Me
The Tide (Red House)
Jesse Winchester- Blow On, Chilly Wind
Let the Rough Side Drag (Stony Plain)
Steve Lundquist & Mike Fjerstad- I Wave Bye Bye
Unreleased recording – used with permission

Mike Regenstreif & Jesse Winchester (2006)

Jesse Winchester
- Just So Much
A Reasonable Amount of Trouble (Appleseed)

Next week: Rooty Toot Toot for the Moon.

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--Mike Regenstreif