Past Episodes: August 2011 Archives

New Music and Welcome Returns

Here's what's in store on the Key of A for the next two Saturdays.
August 27: Lots of new music this week, including a heartfelt postcard from the road from the Edmonton band F&M, called Wish You Were Here; a debut from Jamie Flegg, who recently relocated to Calgary from Ontario, just in time to release his album, Life Science; and the return after 15 years of Edmonton's Idyl Tea.
Contributor Chris Dela Torre brings us the story of Done on Bradstreet, a Calgary band that released their first album this summer -- exactly 41 years after recording it!
Plus, we relive some of the best moments at both the Calgary and Edmonton Folk Music Festivals, where kd lang and the Siss Boom Bang played fabulous shows to adoring home audiences.
September 3: A live performance by Edmonton's 100 Mile House, recorded especially for the Key of A, at Communitea in Canmore; plus songs of travel and longing for home on new albums from The Travelling Mabels and Cam Penner.


Cutest Kitten Ever! (at the Calgary Folk Music Festival)

Cutest Kitten Ever!

That's the name of a new project by Calgary songwriter Kris Demeanor -- one of Alberta's wittiest wordsmiths. Instead of his usual Crack Band, this time Kris is performing with three women who all sing back-up vocals and play other instruments -- including a French horn!

We'll hear that very quirky sound in a live performance recorded at this year's Calgary Folk Music Festival.

Plus, new full-length solo releases from 2 young Edmonton songwriters: Joe Nolan and Jordan Norman.

And, a new EP from Calgary songwriter Clea Roddick, who's in the midst of a project called Songs of the Year. The idea is to put out a few new songs each season -- we heard Volume 1 last winter; Now Volume 2 is here...and it's got a definite springtime feel about it.

Original, made-in-Alberta music, every Saturday afternoon on the Key of A!


Reggae 101

This week, the Key of A has the Reggae beat, and we've invited Reggaefest founder and producer Leo Cripps into the studio to help us get to know more about the Reggae style, in advance of next week's 8th Annual Calgary Reggaefest. He's bringing along music by Alberta reggae bands Souljah Fyah, Strugglah, and Ibo.

Plus, we take a listen to some of the bands heading for the hills, for the Vermillion Folk Club's "Come by the Hills" Folk Music Festival in the Battle River Valley. We'll hear songs by Maria Dunn, John Wort Hannam and Mark Davis.