Bruce Cockburn 70s Documentary

A great Visit to what was perhaps a more thoughtful time...

Check out this fascinating documentary made by Bill Usher while he was Bruce Cockburns drummer in the 70’s. It’s a backstage visit including some great live recordings as well. Should be required listening for any young musicians today; searching for a reason to be – from a time not-so-long ago yet seems ages away in […]

The Great Plagiarism Plague

Conversations with a Melancholy Elephant

 I borrowed the title for this weeks blog from my favourite writer, Spider Robinson. I am blessed to count this brilliant man as one of my friends. We often swap emails sharing ideas about music, life and everything. Spider never fails to get my mental wheels turning (and sometimes grinding) with his ideas. Not only […]

Kansas City Lightning

The Rise and Times of Charlie Parker

I have never read any of Stanley Crouch’s books before but this one has turned me into a fan of his writing. As I recently have taken on the job as Music Camp Director for the Folk Alliance Winter Music Camp to be held in Kansas City, MO. in February, I have taken it upon myself […]

Inside the Edmonton Folk Music Festival

a conversation with Producer, Terry Wickham

In part two of my ‘talking to the folks who run Folk Festivals’ series I had the opportunity to chat with Terry Wickham from the Edmonton Folk Music Festival. Watch Here   Terry gives us a bit of his history along with ideas on what makes a Festival work and how he programs one of […]

Inside the Winnipeg Folk Festival

a conversation with Artistic Director, Chris Frayer

Ever wondered what goes on inside the head of a Festival Artistic Director? This is the first of a series of ongoing interviews I will be doing here at Sideguys and Session Men on all things Festival. Chris Frayer has been the AD of the Winnipeg Folk Festival for 12 years. He’s a great guy […]

The Guitar Man

Interviews with Amos Garrett

  Having just attended the Ry Cooder/Ricky Skaggs concert recently in Vancouver, it struck me there are very few guitarists who have such an original voice (i.e. like Ry Cooder), that they move beyond being proficient professionals into what we might think of as musical geniuses of our time. Amos Garrett is one of those […]

Can you hear the music in their words?

language rhythms reflect the music

I am an autobiography junkie. I read them and listen to audio books as I travel. I think it’s an important part of my job as a Festival Artistic Director to constantly follow the pursuit of an amateur musicologist. That means studying the histories or her-stories of roots and world musics of all kinds. And […]

Maddy Prior and Maggie Bell Together

Two UK Music Divas Reminisce

  Listen to the interview by clicking here  It happened at this summers Vancouver Island MusicFest. Beloved Canadian media personality and owner of Stony Plain Records, Holger Petersen, lead Maddy Prior and Maggie Bell down memory lane in a fascinating interview shared by two women who have contributed an astounding legacy to UK music history. […]

Worldbeat at Home in Conversation

Celebrating World Musicians in B.C.

A bunch of like-minded musicians who now call British Columbia home gathered in July to rehearse at the Merville Hall on Vancouver Island in order to rehearse for a special collaborative performance for this summers Vancouver Island MusicFest called World Beat at Home. We put together an amazing group and the show was fantastic! (Pictured above […]

Richie Hayward Interview/Podcast

Legendary Little Feat drummer and good guy remembered

    Richie Hayward glows as he leaves the stage, July 10th, 2010,  from a reunion with his brothers in Little Feat in what sadly was his last performance. We were so blessed to share this time with him and his band mates and family at VI MusicFest.  He was gone a month later. (photo by […]