Past Episodes: May 2011 Archives

Edmonton Folk Music Festival Preview

This week, we fast-forward a couple of months (musically, at least) and take ourselves to the green banks of Gallagher Park, in the Edmonton River Valley. This natural amphitheater is home to the annual Edmonton Folk Music Festival.

This year's festival takes place August 4-7th, and the lineup features a particularly strong contingent of Alberta artists. Terry Wickham, the festival's Artistic Director, joins Katherine to talk about some of the many fine musicians you'll have a chance to hear -- that is, if you're lucky enough to snap up one of the twelve thousand tickets that go on sale June 1st!


Ian Tyson: The Gift

This week on the Key of A, guest host David Ward presents a live concert called The Gift: A Tribute to Ian Tyson, recorded last summer at the Edmonton Folk Festival.

It features Tyson friends and admirers Corb Lund, Cindy Church, Stewart MacDougall and Tom Russell performing material from the Tyson songbook.

Plus, Ian Tyson sings a special version of his iconic  Four Strong Winds, and instigator/producer  Peter North drops by the studio to chat with David about how this Tyson tribute project came together.


Anne Loree, Amy Thiessen, Kris Ellestad Plus Dojo Workhorse

This week we'll sample three new albums by Calgary songwriters:

Amy Thiessen turns her spiritual inclinations (she's an excellent yoga teacher who's travelled to India several times) to folk and soul in her debut full-length Give Up the Fight; Kris Ellestad is a clever and original songwriter with the voice of an angel on his 15-song cd, No Man is Land; and AnneLoree -- still living under the golden rainbow of having written Jann Arden's hit "Insensitive," which earned her enough cash to pay off her student loans and buy a house -- has recorded and produced a new album of her own original songs, Big Words.
Plus, a live set by Dojo Workhorse, the band that lets Dan Vacon of The Dudes, show off his softer side. Here's a sample -- tune in for more, Saturday at 5, across Alberta on CBC Radio 1.