This week: New Music from @ian_foster The Great Wave @_MusicNL_

Ian-Foster-the-great-wave-album-cover-web-250x250Today we’re adding some tunes from Ian Foster’s newest CD The Great Wave. 

Learn more about one of Newfoundland’s award winning and multi-nominated singer-songwriter, his music and his latest  CD at

Canadian Roots Radio. There’s a song for you too.




One of Canada’s Best: Terry Tufts Coming to Stouffville July 18! @EarlWhitchurch

Terry Tufts

Terry Tufts

The York Regional Fingerstyle Guitar Association is bringing one of Canada’s best (yet vastly under-appreciated) musicians to Stouffville! Terry Tufts is a fabulous guitarist, great singer, and an excellent songwriter: his songs are passionate, thoughtful and tuneful, with an engaging range of subject matter.

You may have heard some of his tunes here on Canadian Roots Radio. You may have seen him perform at a Stouffville house concert at Marie Lynn Hammond’s place a few years ago. In any case, he rarely performs in this part of the world, and you don’t want to miss him while he’s here. Listen to some of his tunes at

With thanks to Marie Lynn Hammond and Brian O’Sullivan.

Friday July 18, 8 pm
Upstairs at Earl of Whitchurch Pub
6204 Main St, Whitchurch-Stouffville, ON L4A 4J3
(905) 642-3275
$10 suggested donation

Yours in Radio,



New Music from the 24th Street Wailers tonight on NetBlues @24thStreetWail

Wicked-Album-Cover-300x300We’ve added some cuts from the 24th Street Wailers latest CD Wicked. Tune In tonight & every night 10-11pm EST for our signature Blues Show NetBlues.

Thanks for the CD Richard Flohill.

More about the 24th Street Wailers at


Today’s Addition to the NetBlues File: Brandon Issak


CD art from Brandon Isaak’s latest.

Today we’ve added cuts from Brandon Issak’s latest CD Here on Earth. We’ll be spinning some cuts this week on our signature blues program NetBlues, heard nightly from 10-11pm EST.

More info about Brandon and his music can be found at


Today’s additions: Tracks from Jessica Bundy’s Careless Smile @jess445


Artwork from Jessica Bundy’s latest EP.

Today we’ve added to the playlist “Careless Smile” and “To Fall” from Jessica Bundy’s new EP Careless Smile.

Tune in throughout the week to hear ‘em.

Visit for more info about Jessica and her music.

~ Jim

Sneak Peek: Today June 15 we’re playing tracks from Andrea Menard’s new CD Lift @SPEAKMusicPR @andreamenard @Musideum

Today, June 15, Canadian Roots Radio is pleased to present some sneak peeks from from Andrea Menard’s new CD, Lift.

Lift will be officially released June 16, 2014 at MUSIDEUM, 401 RICHMOND STREET WEST, SUITE 133, TORONTO. Visit for more information about the venue.

Other tour locations include Saskatoon, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver, & Winnipeg. 

Visit for more artist info.

Yours in Radio,


Ewan Dobson – Birth of 12 String CD. Guest post by Brian O’Sullivan @EwanDobson

Dear friends of music,

After returning from his latest tour focusing on Acoustic Metal, Ewan immediately went into his home studio and began creating Acoustic Metal II. His usual routine now for writing and recording involves staying up all night and often we talk in the morning before he goes to bed (I’m an early riser). I was encouraging Ewan to take a holiday after his latest exhaustive effort. What happened next surprised me. New compositions on 12 string guitar started appearing on Facebook. I got a call last night and he played a fresh composition for me over the phone. I suggested the title “Hillbillies on Speed” due to it’s incredible pace and reference to traditional American Bluegrass. The song above was sent to my inbox at 4am today. So it looks like another CD is in the offing. The muse has dug it’s claws into Ewan’s shoulder and won’t leave until this next CD focusing on music for the 12 string guitar is completed.

The tune above is lovely – very positive and happy. It is also a very mature composition – one that should appeal to the old time fingerstyle fans who might find his ‘acoustic metal’ (a genre he invented) a bit heavy. I love the part where it gets quieter – very ‘programatic’ (are you familiar with that term ?). It’s when the music directly represents what it is describing as in Peter and the Wolf or when Hendrix whistles at girls using a string bend on his guitar :).

I have suggested that Ewan consider dedicating this CD to one of his inspirations – 12 string maestro Leo Kottke. It would be wonderful if Leo could write an introduction to the CD to be included in the packaging.

I hope you enjoy the music and, if you can, please consider supporting Ewan’s efforts by purchasing his CDs or downloads available through Candyrat Records or i-tunes.

Thank you !


Brian O’Sullivan is a co-founder of the York Region Fingerstyle Guitar Assocation. He is also an accomplished musician, music teacher and husband.He blogs with which you can follow here: