Tagged: fergus o’byrne

Olympic-esque Blog Day 3

Glad the first Canadian Gold Medal went to someone that the media wasn’t expecting. 4th time the charm for Alexandre Bilodeau. Didn’t qualify for 1998, broken neck in 2002 and battling mono in 2006. 13 years on the team and his first Olympics.

As for the reaction I saw where I am in Kingston, one word “quiet”. Mainly because of timing. Here in Ontario, Monday is a holiday. Family Day. It was really quiet due to the holiday. Myself, I woke up after it had happened. I stayed up to watch some afternoon events but I work at 11pm so I did have to catch some shuteye. Men’s Nordic Combined had a great finish. Top 4 raced to the line and all finished within a second of each other and collapsed.

As for the Gold in the moguls a couple of people came by during work and asked about it. Both were from Quebec and had my reaction. Glad but more relieved that we I don’t have to hear all that talk.

Woman I spoke to said “I’m happy I don’t have to hear Canada has never won a gold medal at home anymore.” Not the reaction I think a Gold Medal is supposed to have. Thanks CTV/Rogers for running the ads so much you made us sick of the Gold Medal talk. Bravo. Relief is a strange emotion to have after someone winning something.

I bet if Canada gets a second Gold people will be more excited and happy around here. They’re going nuts in Vancouver but with the holiday it’s been subdued. Saturday night a lot people coming by asking about what medals were won. Sunday I spoke to two people.

Walking downtown after work and the majority of places are closed downtown. Even a convenience store and Indigo Books. Only thing I saw open was the fast food joints.

Wonder if the other sports today had anything to do with it. TSN wasn’t “Canada’s Sports Leader” Sunday. Olympic coverage? Not Sunday afternoon. TSN showed Daytona 500 which you could get on FOX. I change it to TSN2 and get the Pebble Beach Pro-Am which was on CBS. Huh? If I have TSN I have CBS and FOX.

Sunday Night TSN continued with non-Olympic programming with the NBA All Star Game. At least with the NBA case TNT is not available in Canada. But showing all that on Sunday during the Olympics seemed a bit much. I have TSN2 so the NBA could have been put there. I know not a lot of people have TSN2. Basketball fans should since Raptors get bumped to TSN2 a lot.

Some blogs about the weekend coverage. Chris Zelkovich from the Toronto Star, once a guest on CFRC Offsides with Tyler King. Julie Stewart-Binks who worked on our CFRC broadcasts. She’s currently in England. Finally William Houston with the same thoughts I had about the “choking” comment during the moguls on Saturday. See yesterday’s blog for that. I’m not the only one who used the “if NBC had done that Canadians would’ve went nuts” line. 🙂

http://olympics.thestar.com/2010/article/765675–ctv-cheats-viewers-of-full-olympic-experience

http://abgy292.portfolios.cutlines.org/2010/02/1st-weekend-update/

http://www.truthandrumours.net/2010/02/14/ctv-over-hyped-jenn-heil-and-the-telecast-suffered/

Bad luck so far for these games. Weather causing headaches and they’ve canceled 4000 tickets for events at Cypress. Too bad if you had standing room general admission. Because you will get a refund but no chance to watch. Heavy rains have washed away so much snow they had to cancel tickets. That’s $400,000 in sales that will have to be paid back.

Not the only problems at Cypress. Buses running late and drivers getting lost. Not a shock because Kingston Whig-Standard had a story about Kingston Transit drivers going to Vancouver to drive buses. Drivers from across the country came there to be part of it. Great for those guys. However if you are not from an area and get their shortly before an event that is not a recipe for smooth transportation. You take a wrong turn you might not know how to get back.

Some quotes from Renee Smith-Valade of Vanoc about what’s been going on.

“Cypress is like your special child. Your special child that’s bright and talented and good-looking and causes you all kinds of worries, but they’re still your special child. So that’s what Cypress is.”

That’s strange enough I don’t need to make another comment.

Sounds like they might smarten up about one really silly thing. Having a fence around the Olympic Cauldron keeping people from getting to it. This is where I can blame that ugly design for part of it. Clearly someone who might be intoxicated might attempt to climb it. The way the logs [or whatever you want to call them] are at an angle makes it easy or at least inviting for troublemakers.

Fencing it off though has been bad P.R. The point of the cauldron outside is for the public. The IOC mandates it has to be outdoors. Which has never been an issue till this time. Decision to hold it indoors at a stadium that sucks like BC Place is still mind boggling. See Jody’s article I put up on Day 1. I thought too that Vancouver getting the games meant a new stadium. Wrong.

If you don’t know they are putting $200 Million worth of renovation into BC Place. After the Olympics. Don’t bother trying to figure that out. Call me crazy but I would want to put money into something before the world comes to visit. Not afterwards.

Leave to Atlantic Canada to bring a tonne of talent to the Olympics. Anyone in BC should visit Atlantic Canada house.

http://www.atlanticcanadahouse.com/en/daily-schedule.php

Amount of music there is huge. Tonne of people I’ve played on the show since I started. This is the list of ones that have been played on ‘Salt Water Music’ that are playing vancouver over the next 2 weeks. I must have a good memory.

Amelia Curran

http://www.ameliacurran.com

Grand Theft Bus

http://www.myspace.com/grandtheftbus

Tim Chiasson and Morning Fold

http://www.timchaisson.com/

Sloan

http://www.sloanmusic.com

Lennie Gallant

http://www.lenniegallant.com

The Trews

http://www.thetrewsmusic.com

Vishten

http://www.vishten.net

Jimmy Rankin

http://www.jimmyrankin.com

Meaghan Blanchard

http://www.myspace.com/meaghanelizabethblanchard

Sherman Downey

http://www.myspace.com/shurmann

In Flight Safety

http://www.inflightsafety.ca/

Hey Rosetta

http://www.heyrosetta.com

Jessica Rhaye

http://www.jessicarhaye.com

The Irish Descendants

http://www.irishdescendants.com

Matt Andersen

http://www.stubbyfingers.ca

Rawlins Cross

http://www.rawlinscross.com

Jill Barber

http://www.jillbarber.com

Ron Hynes

http://www.hynesite.org

Catherine MacLellan

http://www.catherinemaclellan.com

Chris Kirby

http://www.chriskirbyonline.com/

Wintersleep

http://www.wintersleep.com

Shanneyganock

http://www.shanneyganock.ca

Rose Cousins

http://www.rosecousins.com

The Olympic Symphonium

http://www.myspace.com/theolympicsymphonium

Matt Mays

http://www.mattmays.com

The Navigators

http://www.thenavigators.com/

Jim Payne & Fergus O’Byrne

http://www.singsonginc.ca/bios/biofergus.html

http://www.singsonginc.ca/bios/biojimpayne.html

Whew. And there are even more artists. That is a big list.

Luckily I have 3 days off from work so I can watch more of the events live.  Saw many things but just replayed on overnights at work.  Not quite the same but at least I get to see them.

Links to all interviews from 2009

Time for a blog entry with all the interviews from 2009.  One of those things where I knew there was a few but once I added them up it got to be a longer list than I though. [Added Allison Crowe which got lost in all the copy and paste I was doing]

Thanks to all those who gave time to be interviewed for the show in 2009. Time to go “Romper Room” and say thanks to Sora, Fergus, Ray, Andrea, Melanie, Tim, Melissa, Bryan, Ian, Toni Marie, Robin, Allison, Neate, Laurie, Gerry and Kirsten.  Whew.  Close to 18 hours of radio here so many weeks worth of listening if you missed some of them.

Sora on her latest CD and her music for this episode.

http://www.archive.org/details/SaltWaterMusicFeb20th2009SoraInterview

Fergus O’Byrne from the legendary Newfoundland group Ryan’s Fancy joins the show.

http://www.archive.org/details/SaltWaterMusicMar6th2009Hour1

http://www.archive.org/details/SaltWaterMusicMar6th2009Hour2

Ray Johnson from Buddy Wasisname and the Other Fellers before their tour stop in Kingston.

http://www.archive.org/details/SaltWaterMusicMarch13th2009Hour2

Andrea Wittgens, the first Queen’s graduate to join the show.  Originally from Antigonish, NS and currently living in Seattle.

http://www.archive.org/details/SaltWaterMusicMar20th2009Hour1

http://www.archive.org/details/SaltWaterMusicMar20th2009Hour2

Melanie Samson a singer/songwriter from Newfoundland who sings in English and French.  And she’s also a schoolteacher and we discuss that and her experience at the ECMA’s.

http://www.archive.org/details/SaltWaterMusicMarch27th2009Hour1

Tim Baker from Hey Rosetta! in an interview where he was walking around Toronto on a day off on his cellphone.  Put together at the last minute before they came to Kingston last spring but it worked out well.

http://www.archive.org/details/SaltWaterMusicApril17th2009Hour1

Melissa DiMarco from Out There before an episode where she visited Nova Scotia.

http://www.archive.org/details/SaltWaterMusicMay1st2009Hour1

Bryan Page from Faded Blue on the 2 year anniversary show of the radio show.  Interview was done live during the show as opposed to the usual taped scenario.

http://www.archive.org/details/SaltWaterMusicMay15th2009Hour1

Ian Foster joined the program for the 3rd time before his 2009 tour.  This time he drove from Newfoundland to Ontario, then flew to British Columbia for some dates.

http://www.archive.org/details/SaltWaterMusicJuly3rd2009Hour1IanFoster

http://www.archive.org/details/SaltWaterMusicJuly3rd2009Hour2IanFoster

Toni-Marie Wiseman from NTV who interviewed me for the Newfoundland Herald and helped get the Fergus O’Byrne interview.  We talk about how she started out in radio and then moved to TV.  Cover a lot of topics including her favorite songs.

http://www.archive.org/details/SaltWaterMusicJuly10th2009Hour1

http://www.archive.org/details/SaltWaterMusicJuly10th2009Hour2

Allison Crowe and her music for 2 hours.

http://www.archive.org/details/SaltWaterMusicSept25th2009AllisonCrowe

Neate Sager on the Queen’s Golden Gaels Vanier Cup run.

http://www.archive.org/details/CfrcInterviewWithNeateSagerDec2nd2009

Robin Meade from HLN’s Morning Express joined the show during her book tour.  Day we taped it she was doing a book signing that night in her native Ohio.

http://www.archive.org/details/SaltWaterMusicOct9th2009Hour2

Two Olympic torchbearers from the Kingston area, Laurie Walker and Rev. Gerry Moore. Then with Kirsten Mihailides from the Coca-Cola side of the Torch relay organizers.

http://www.archive.org/details/SaltWaterMusicDec11thHour2

Thanks again to all those who joined the show during 2009.  Going to be hard to top that list of guests in 2010, but I’ll see who I can bring to the airwaves.

Queen’s Hockey tonight at 7:30pm against RMC.  Friday the show will be a bit shorter due to another hockey game at 7:30pm followed by Queen’s Basketball Saturday at 8pm.  Busy week of University sports on the station.

August 14th Show

http://www.archive.org/details/SaltWaterMusicAug14th2009Hour1

DAWG FM finally was approved a few days before this episode. With that news I kicked off the show with some blues from the East Coast with GlamourPuss and John Campbelljohn.

Move on to brand new music from Teresa Ennis. Ahead of her new CD “Stars” which is coming out this fall.

Then a couple of tracks from Nova Scotia’s Emmy Alcorn’s CD “Unveil”.

End the hour with 3 covers from Allison Crowe’s CD “Tidings”. Which is primarily a Christmas CD but these are covers of The Beatles, Rolling Stones and Sarah Maclachlin.

http://www.archive.org/details/SaltWaterMusicAug14thHour2

Traditional music from Newfoundland starts the second hour with Jim Payne and Fergus O’Byrne.

Move over to rock/pop side of things with two bands I’ve had a chance to chat with.  Talked to one member of each band on the phone for interviews last year.  Grand Theft Bus and Air Traffic Control.

End the hour with Ian Foster as he was doing his last tour date in New Brunswick that night.  After that back on the way to St. John’s.  His cross country tour has come to an end for this summer.  Mix of stuff from some of his MySpace page to end the show.

Wrapping up with Toni Marie

This part talks about songs Toni Marie requested so here is the link to that part of the show.

http://www.archive.org/details/SaltWaterMusicJuly10th2009Hour2

First part I ran out of time to play, a short bit about St. John’s

TONI:   St. Johns has become very cosmopolitan. It’s not a large city by any stretch about 195,000 people. But there’s so much to do here. You can go any night of the week and see live music or a live theatrical performance.

We’ve got a beautiful new facility, called the Rooms. That houses the provincial art gallery, theater and archives. It’s fantastic.

I love St. Johns. I can walk by myself downtown at midnight and feel pretty safe.
—–

I knew Toni would try to “turn the table” at one point.  I steered it back to it being about her eventually. LOL.

TONI:  But we should talk more about music, because you have a fantastic show, Salt Water Music. And I know that now it’s kind of the place to be for Newfoundland and Labrador and east coast artists to be played. Maybe I can kind of turn the table on you a little bit and ask if there’s anything maybe you want to know about some of your favorites or some of the people you’ve interviewed or played on your wonderful show?

ROB:    You’ve done a lot of interviews with people, I’ve talked to like Ian Foster and Teresa Ennis.

TONI:   Fergus O’Byrne too I believe.

ROB:    Yeah. For Fergus you were partly responsible for that since we did the Newfoundland Herald interview then you were talking to Fergus during one of the weather hits.

You mentioned the interview and got my contact information and that’s how I got the interview with Fergus. So, thank you for that.

TONI:   After I wrote that article a number of artists contacted me and wanted to know how to get in touch with you. Because you’re doing such a great service. Obviously every musician wants to have their music played on any radio station that will take them. But the unique thing about your program is that it possibly reaches a larger audience.

They get to play their music now for people who maybe hadn’t heard Teresa Ennis’s solo album since she was no longer with the Ennis sisters. Or maybe had never heard Fergus O’Byrne talk on the radio. Especially when you told me that wonderful story about your inspiration for Salt Water Music came from Ryan’s Fancy and from the death of Dermot O’Reilly.

Fergus will probably be one of the first to admit that their first stop in this country aside from Newfoundland was Ontario. Ryan’s Fancy did quite well there. It was great for Fergus knowing that there was somebody who was helping to keep great east coast music available to people in that part of the country.

—–

ROB:    Before we go, Toni, any favorite songs from Newfoundland artists that you’ve been listening to?

TONI:   I think you know this but my boyfriend Kenny Butler is a musician. He does have a beautiful song and I believe you play it on your show.

It’s called Breathe the Air. It’s a beautiful song. And so, I’d love to hear that one.

There’s another one and it’s by Ron Hynes, which I’m sure everyone in your listening audience is familiar with.

The wonderful Ron Hynes, a man of a thousand songs. Years ago many people will remember the Ocean Ranger, which was an oil rig off the coast of Newfoundland that sank on one horrible night around Valentine’s Day.

He wrote a song about that disaster and about the people left behind. The song is called Atlantic Blue and it is one of the most beautiful songs I’ve ever heard. It’s so beautiful that I don’t think I’ve ever been able to listen to it and not cry. So, you could play that one for me too, if that’s okay.

[After playing those songs]

ROB:    Your favorite song is one from the 80’s, is there a particular reason why that song became your favorite?

TONI:   You’re talking about No One is to Blame, Howard Jones.

I think it’s just a very peaceful song that back in those days was around summer vacation. Probably came out when I was close to the end of high school. It’s just a very relaxing beautiful song.

And it talks about life too. No matter what happens, we can try not to hurt people but in the long run no one really is to blame for where their heart goes, where their heart leads them. I like that one.

ROB:    I know you have a copy on vinyl.

TONI:   I do. I wonder where I got that.

ROB:    I don’t know.

TONI:   Maybe a really good friend of mine in radio might have been able to track that one down for me.

ROB:    Possibly.

TONI:   Rob, thank you so much for inviting me on this show. I hope I haven’t bored you or your listeners too much. You’ve got such a fantastic show there, I’d hate to do anything to jeopardize it.

I want to thank you, not just for inviting me but for creating this wonderful show, Salt Water Music. I know that people not just in Newfoundland and Labrador appreciate that you’ve done this. But throughout the east coast of Canada, the artists who get to be played on this fantastic program.

I’m your numerous listeners love it too. And I know they appreciate that you’re bringing the east coast music back to Ontario.

ROB:    I try my best. So, thanks for that. And thanks for joining us, Toni.

TONI:   Thank you. You take care.

Thanks to Toni Marie for doing the interview.  I told her it wouldn’t be “boring” and I think you did learn a few things about her you didn’t know.

Even with how long we went there were things I forgot to talk about.

Toni said she can’t sing or act but I’ve seen her do both.  Don’t know if they do them anymore but they used to have a charity fundraiser called Celebrity Secrets in town.  Local media people would go on stage and sing songs or do skits.

One year she was part of a group of women from NTV with a song parody of a Dixie Chicks song.  Another year she did a skit where her and another woman were playing older women from Newfoundland talking about hospitals.  They broke out into “Sneeze Away” a parody of “Heave Away”.  Which was quite funny.  I recall she had so many requests to see it she played it on Entertainment News 2 weeks in a row.

Other thing I forgot was how she enjoys certain Hard Rock/Alternative music.  Playing Nine Inch Nails and Marilyn Manson in her car for example.

Tomorrow I’ll put up the story where she got tricked into mispronouncing Patrick Roy on the radio.  Something extra.  I’ll use Roy for the proper way to say it, and ROY in caps as in ROY Rogers.

Probably upload Friday’s episode tomorrow or Monday at the latest.

Link to Toni Marie Interview

Back from Toronto so some time to upload Friday’s episode with Toni Marie.  Next few weeks I think and try and get someone to transcribe it.  We’ll see how that goes.  Sure a few fans would be interested in reading it as well.

Show on Saturday with Ian Foster was great, I’ll write more during the week when I’m not so tired from the weekend. 🙂

On to Friday’s episode.

http://www.archive.org/details/SaltWaterMusicJuly10th2009Hour1

In this episode an interview I did with Toni Marie Wiseman of NTV. Play parts of the chat along with songs by Newfoundland artists throughout the show. First radio interview Toni’s done in a long time. Since she also works for OZFM she can’t chat with one of the competing stations in the province.

I open the show with Ian Foster, who was playing Toronto that weekend. I saw him at The Cameron House on Saturday Night.

During this hour’s part of Toni Marie’s interview I play songs by Ron Hynes, Great Big Sea and Teresa Ennis.

http://www.archive.org/details/SaltWaterMusicJuly10th2009Hour2

2nd hour with the rest of the interview with Toni Marie Wiseman. Touch on a few different topics like Facebook, World of Warcraft, her favourite songs and when she spent a couple of nights in a Women’s Correctional facility for a TV report.

Music of Great Big Sea with Fergus O’Byrne and Dermot O’Reilly, Kenny Butler, Ron Hynes, and a surprise 80’s pop song which is Toni’s favourite.

End the hour with some instrumental Ian Foster as he was hitting Ontario that weekend with his Canadian Tour.

Thanks to Toni Marie for doing the interview.

May 22nd Episode

http://www.archive.org/details/SaltWaterMusicMay22nd2009Hour1

Lots of Nova Scotia artists in this hour. Faded Blue who were playing their second Kingston concert of the month. Follow that with sets from Ryan Neilson, Neil Dobson and the Fabulous Hats and Christine Crawford.

http://www.fadedblue.ca

http://www.ryanneilsonmusic.com/

http://www.myspace.com/neildobsonandthefabuloushats

http://www.christine-crawford.com

http://www.myspace.com/swampness


http://www.archive.org/details/SaltWaterMusicMay22nd2009Hour2

Traditional Newfoundland music with Jim Payne/Fergus O’Byrne and Gulliver’s Spree. Then 2 songs from R.A. Lautenschlager including a brand new one called the ‘Canadian Beer Song’.

http://www.singsonginc.ca

http://www.gulliversspree.com/

http://www.myspace.com/ralautens

End the show with about 25 minutes of Allison Crowe. Decided to visit her site while I was playing the first 2 songs. And got the news of her and 2 bandmates being detained in the UK for 11 hours that week on some crazy thing. Brand new legislation that even the venues didn’t know about. More details about it as I read it on air.

So I played a few songs of Allison’s newest CD ‘Little Light’.

http://www.allisoncrowe.com

Got a comment on the blog from Adrian, Allison’s manager so thought I’d pass it along.

Hi Rob, everyone ~

This year has been busy already, now it’s in overdrive. I should be able to confirm for you what’s happening with Allison Crowe and band in Europe by this Monday or so…

If there’s any silver lining to the situation – it’s that we now understand the realities of what until now has been a protest moving growing mostly from within the UK.

Check out the Visiting Artists and Academics Petition @

http://www.petitiononline.com/MCvisit/petition.html

peace, Adrian

Link to 2 Year Anniversary Show

Link to the anniversary show from Friday night.  Which might not have been heard by as many outside of Kingston as usual.  My Mom had problems listening online, and she’s in Kingston!  Just tried it right now and it says the stream is “unavailable”.  iTunes, Windows Media Player and Winamp.  None of them worked.  Damn.

So some bad timing for the big show on Friday night.  But here it is for those who missed it.  Which might be a lot of you. 🙂

http://www.archive.org/details/SaltWaterMusicMay15th2009Hour1

2 year anniversary show starts off with Faded Blue. And the first ever LIVE interview with Bryan from Faded Blue.

Also have music of Ian Foster for the rest of Hour 1. Since I’ve interviewed Ian twice since the show started and saw him in Toronto last summer.

http://www.archive.org/details/SaltWaterMusicMay15th2009Hour2

Start off the hour with the start of Episode 1 from 2 years earlier.  With the first two songs I ever played on the show, by Great Big Sea.

Then some new music from Coco Love Alcorn, as my sleep deprivation kicks in.  Listen and you’ll hear what I mean.

A song by Cody Allen who was opening up for Faded Blue on some of their Ontario tour dates.

Some songs by Jim Payne and Fergus O’Byrne.  And end the hour with Teresa Ennis.

I know those links work OK.  I’ll try and see about the online stream for Friday Night.  Enjoy your long weekend, if you have one.

Herald Interview, text version

Realize I had a scan of it, but not the full text version of the interview. Oops. So here it is.

Up Close and Personal by Toni Marie Wiseman
Rob Carnell – Airing the East Coast

There’s no questioning the popularity of East Coast music. Our talented musicians and their catchy tunes have been enough to fill bar-rooms and concert halls from here to Vancouver, throughout the United States, Europe and even the Middle East. But a radio show in Kingston, Ontario, of all places is stretching the reach of our music even further.

The show, called Salt Water Music on Queen’s University’s CFRC, is hosted by Rob Carnell, a Newfoundlander by birth who has found his niche in the Ontario radio market by playing music to expatriates. What he didn’t expect was that his show would become popular, not just in Ontario, but around the globe.

“I’ve heard back from people listening all over the world. I’ve received email from the U.S., France, Japan and Australia,” says Carnell.

His Salt Water Music show was conceived almost by accident. While working at CFRC as a technical producer for Queen’s football games, he started going on air either during intermissions or after the game until the next show started.

“I was mostly reading sports or playing music,” he recalls. Then the time came for him to actually fill on the air for an hour. “I had an hour to play whatever I wanted. It was a Sunday night, Oscar night as a matter of fact. The weekend before that I had seen the news about Dermot O’Reilly’s passing, so that Sunday I scrambled and put together an hour of Ryan’s Fancy.”

By spring the station management asked Carnell to host a regular program. He mentioned he’d like the format to be all East Coast Canadian music. His reasoning?

“We always had that music in my house. I thought it would be nice to get some airplay in Ontario for those artists. In the 1980’s there was a radio show in Toronto that played music from Newfoundland. I thought there are many people in Ontario that would like to hear some music from home.”

The show is now in full swing and a summer fill-in program is a regular weekly fixture on CFRC. It airs Friday nights from 7:30pm to 9:30pm Newfoundland time. The station can also be heard online at http://www.cfrc.ca

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Why did you want to do a radio show in Ontario featuring East Coast music?

I always tried to keep tabs on East Coast Music. I left Newfoundland at a young age and my family moved around Canada. My family always had some music from home with us. Remember listening to that growing up.

So I looked around and saw there wasn’t a lot of radio shows focusing just on East Coast music in Ontario. Since it was a genre I was familiar with I thought it might be an idea that could work well.

Was it difficult convincing the radio station to go with your format?

No, not at all. Since CFRC is a campus/community station they’re always looking for Canadian music to play. An hour of that type of music was right down their alley.

What was their reaction to what you wanted to do?

They liked the show, since it was a lot of music that they hadn’t heard before. It started out as fill-in show for the summer months in 2007. But the show was well received and I’ve been doing it every week since then.

Who are some of the NL artists you play?

In the first year I played over 120 artists from Atlantic Canada so it’s a long list. But ones I can name off the top of my head include Ian Foster, Teresa Ennis, Gulliver’s Spree, Great Big Sea, Ryan’s Fancy, Shanneyganock, Ron Hynes, Joe Belly & the Sin City Ramblers, The Idlers, Damhnait Doyle, Hey Rosetta!, Duane Andrews, Allison Crowe, Rawlins Cross, The Irish Descendants.

Where do you get the music?

A lot of it I find online. Either through an artist’s website or their MySpace page. Some email me MP3’s of their music or send along a CD of theirs. Then someone points out another musician I might be interested in. Start networking with people you talk to.

The station also gets new CD’s every week or two. I go through them and find artists from the East Coast. With that I have to sit down with a pile of CD’s and find out which ones are from Atlantic Canada. Little more time consuming but I always find some new artists that way that I hadn’t known before.

What has been the reaction by East Coast artists to your show?

Very positive. With the online feed it allows them to hear the show. More than a few of them tell me it’s been the first time they’ve heard their music played on the radio. That’s something I never expected. Someone from my home province saying I was the first person to play them on the radio.

What has been reaction from your listeners?

Great and far reaching. Heard from listeners who tune in every week to the show, or who listen to it online afterwards. They say they really enjoy the show. Gotten emails from one listener in Sydney, Australia. She’s not from Canada but listened one week for a specific band she liked. Became a regular listener ever since.

Are more and more East coast artists sending you their music for your show?

Yes, I’ve found more artists sending me their music. Having a MySpace page and blog for the radio show helps a lot. People who hear about the show can find out where to contact me fairly quickly.

Have you interviewed many of these artists for your show? (Who have you interviewed?)

I have done interviews with musicians over the phone. Ian Foster is the first one I ever did while he was on tour in Ottawa. Interviewed him again this past summer. Also spoke to Teresa Ennis earlier this year.

Who’s been the best interview to date? (Why?)

That would have to be Teresa Ennis. Main reason is the background before the interview.

My radio show was the first one anywhere to play her some of her solo work. I found some songs on her MySpace page in the summer of 2007. Emailed her about playing them that week on the show. I didn’t know she had just uploaded them that very week. So Teresa and her friends ended up listening online to the show when I played the music that week. That was a fun interview since I got to ask her about that night when she got to hear it for the first time on the radio.

How much did you know about East Coast music before you started the show?

I had a general knowledge of East Coast Music. But I’ve learned a lot about the depth of talent in each genre. Internet has made it much easier to find out more information. Even 10 years ago it would’ve been much harder to do a similar show.

Do you ever get the chance to meet these artists in person or hear them live?

This past summer in Toronto I went to see Allison Crowe and Ian Foster. Luckily both were playing on the same weekend. Was fun to see two people I’ve played on air come to Ontario for a few shows.

How do you stay on top of what’s happening in East Coast music?

I read online sources like magazines, newspapers or radio websites. Since I have satellite TV I do watch some local news broadcasts from Atlantic Canada. Always find some new artists mentioned on those.

Do you get the chance to visit NL often?

No, it’s been too long. Last time was 10 years ago. One of those things where I never thought it was a long time ago then I realized 10 years had passed.

What does your family think of your show?

They enjoy listening to the show. On Boxing Day my Mom phoned me to tell me my Aunt in Placentia was listening online. I was born in Placentia that was nice to hear.

What’s next for your show?

Looking to do more interviews with artists in 2009. I have two almost lined up so that’s a good start. Other than that I’m always looking to get the word out about the show. More listeners would mean more exposure for the musicians on the show.

Which NL artist would you most like to interview for your show?

That would have to be Denis Ryan or Fergus O’Byrne. 6 months before my first show I filled in for someone at the station. I had free reign to cover any topic. It was the week after Dermot O’Reilly passed away so I put together a tribute show to Ryan’s Fancy. So that ended up being a precursor to what my show became. So interviewing Denis or Fergus would be a great honour.

Fergus O’Byrne Show

Little after 11pm but got the show uploaded.

http://www.archive.org/details/SaltWaterMusicMar6th2009Hour1

http://www.archive.org/details/SaltWaterMusicMar6th2009Hour2

Show starts off with some Teresa Ennis as I got settled in.  Mentioned Alan Doyle and Gordon Pinsent being in the new Robin Hood movie.  Quick reminder of Out There with Melissa DiMarco airing tonight.

Then the interview with Fergus O’Byrne.  First hour also has music from Jim Payne/Fergus O’Byrne and Ryan’s Fancy.

Second hour starts off with the Dardanelles then conclude the interview with Fergus. This hour contains the part where we talked about Tacks Beach. 🙂

Played Fergus’ musical works for the rest of the program.  I end the show with an entire side of the last album from Ryan’s Fancy in 1982.  I chose the second side since that marked the end of their recordings.  And the albums were never released on CD so it’s rare to hear them on the radio.  Here is the fan site for the band.  Lots of good information.

http://ryansfancy.com/

But there is a place you can get a CD. This one is of recordings from their CBC TV shows.  Of the fifteen re-mastered tracks, thirteen songs have never previously been available.  I’ll have to get my hands on this one.

http://www.avondalemusic.com/ryansfancy.html

And here is the website for Sing Song Inc. where you can get Fergus’ work with Jim Payne along with many other artists.

http://www.singsonginc.ca/

Thanks to Fergus O’Byrne for doing the interview.  And to Toni Marie for really being the reason for it in the first place.  I mentioned how it happened in a previous blog but wanted to save that story for a different episode of the radio show.

By the way had a bad headache during the first hour.  Really glad this week that I don’t script my show a lot. LOL.

Thanks to Jennie in Cape Breton and Julie in Australia for sending me messages during the show.  Yes, during the show.  Pretty cool.

Tonight’s Show/Tacks Beach

Opening up the show with 2 songs from Teresa Ennis’ live performance on CBC Radio last weekend during the ECMA weekend.

Then I’ll be talking about the ECMA’s and go over a few things at the top of the show. So then I can play the interview and music for the rest of the show.

Reminder tonight after the show you can watch the new season of Out There with Melissa DiMarco on CITY-TV at 10pm. Previous post gives all the station details.

Fergus interview went very well. Runs about 20 minutes. Talk about Tacks Beach, which is the best part of the interview. After the Herald interview I did with Toni Marie was printed I heard from some family members in Newfoundland. My Uncle Bob told me that Fergus’ wife grew up in Tacks Beach.

That was a small community in Newfoundland that was resettled in the 1970’s. My mother’s family was from Tacks Beach as well.

In fact my grandmother is still friends with Fergus’ mother in law and talks to her on the phone.

That part of the interview is only 2 minutes but it’s the best part. Big surprise for me when I heard. Then a surprise for Fergus too, since he knew Tacks Beach right away.

Small world. Type Tacks Beach into Google Maps. Then zoom out and you’ll see how small it is.

If you don’t know what “resettlement” was in Newfoundland here’s a short article.  Try and imagine this happening today.  Entire communities left abandoned.

http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.com/index.cfm?PgNm=TCE&Params=A1ARTA0005718

This Week/A year ago

Tomorrow night the interview with Fergus O’Byrne.  Music of Ryan’s Fancy from the CFRC record collection.  Also some tracks from Jim Payne and Fergus O’Byrne.

Today an older episode of the show, from 1 year ago.  Interview with Krissy Holmes from ‘Out of the Fog’ in St. John’s.  I asked her for some bands in the province she liked and played some of that for the hour.

http://www.archive.org/details/SaltWaterMusicMarch1st2008KrissyHolmes

The old Saturday at 10pm timeslot.  The shows were only an hour then.  Krissy is a fellow Algonquin College alumni.  We talked about the ECMA’s in Corner Brook, which was a year away.  So technically this counts as more ECMA coverage.  Kind of.

Sunday ECMA Update

edit: “Smothered In Hugs”, thanks to Kell for pointing that out.  Smothered by Hugs was close but not right. 🙂

ECMA Radio back up with musicians dropping by this morning, well technically afternoon now in Corner Brook.  Got up and heard the end of a set from The Olympic Symphonium.  And The Abrams Brothers just finished.

I thought I heard that wrong.   The guys from Kingston are at the ECMA’s?  Yes, and they performed on The Discovery Stage Saturday.  Their family is from the East Coast, 5 generations back apparently.  Learned something new.  I recorded their entire 30 minutes on the radio so I can use that for a future show.  Going to have a back log of audio by tonight.

Last night heard a good mix.  The following acts stopped by the little station. Stone Richards and the Devil Folk, Paisley Jura, West Moon, Smothered In Hugs, Catcher and Sharona Clark.  Recorded a bit of each them being interviewed which should work well when I play their music on the show.  Which might be April with everything I have going on.

Next week the interview with Fergus O’Byrne, and his music for the entire show.  Another interview is done with Ray Johnson of Buddy Wasisname.  This past Friday I spoke to Andrea Wittgens, singer/songwriter from Antigonish, NS who lives in Seattle.  She’s the first Queen’s alumni I’ve interviewed on the show.  Brought back some university memories for her.  Like a lot of Queen’s students she recalls “Alfie’s”. 🙂

ECMA weekend is winding down, with the awards tonight at 7pm EST/8:30pm NT.  You can only catch it live online or on CBC Bold.  Tape delayed for everyone else who has regular CBC.  Which is pretty much everyone.

Bad timing with the CBC funding shortfall story last week.  CBC want more government money but they can’t be bothered to air the ECMA’s live.  Hmmm.  Tape delayed till 11pm on a Sunday.  This means people on the West Coast won’t see the awards till 7 hours after it would’ve aired live.  That long in this day in age is crazy.

And what great Canadian programming is on CBC TV tonight instead?  Wait for it….

“The Devil Wears Prada”…… oh I wish I was kidding.  Our tax money at work.

This rant is against CBC TV.  CBC Radio has done a great job promoting the ECMA’s.  Heard Performance Hour yesterday, and the local CBC affiliates in Newfoundland have done a bang up job.  Even CBC.ca is doing it’s best with showing it live on the web, and on demand afterwards.

But when TV is showing The Devil Wears Prada instead of promoting Canadian music you know something is messed up.  TV is where most people’s view of the CBC comes from.  Showing that instead of the ECMA’s doesn’t make any sense if it is a “public broadcaster”.

Feb. 27th Show/ECMA’s

Show for Feb. 27th is up.  I’ll have a new post on Sunday.  Maybe before the ECMA’s or after I watch them online.  Visit the CBC page for the live stream tomorrow at 7pm EST/8pm Atlantic/8:30pm Newfoundland.

Regular CBC has it tape delayed at 11pm in whatever time zone you’re reading this, unless you’re in Newfoundland where it’s 11:30pm.  Yep, even tape delayed for the province where the awards show is taking place.

http://www.cbc.ca/eastcoastmusic/

http://www.archive.org/details/SaltWaterMusicFeb27th2009Hour1

Weekend of the ECMA’s so I talk about that on this week’s show.

This hour included the music of Don Brownrigg, Jim Payne and Fergus O’Byrne, Matthew Magee and In Flight Safety.

http://www.donbrownrigg.com/

http://www.singsonginc.ca/

http://www.myspace.com/mattmageemusic

http://www.inflightsafety.ca/

http://www.archive.org/details/SaltWaterMusicFeb27th2009Hour2

Lead off the second hour with lots of ECMA talk. Have a new name for the segment where I talk about news, music, sports or anything on my mind. It’s called “Carnell Knowledge”. Listener named Cat came up with that, so credit goes to her. 🙂

Two artists for the hour, folkartlullaby in the first half. The Lever Pulled for the end of the show, with their new CD Wooden People.

http://www.theleverpulled.com

http://folkartlullaby.bandcamp.com

Podcast Update

Quick update on the podcast/iTunes issues.  Be a new episode of that coming soon.  Maybe by Monday.  I put this up on the podcast site.

Might be closer to fixing the iTunes issue.  If not I might have to remove the podcast from iTunes then submit it again.  Yes, that’s annoying.  But the emails from Apple haven’t helped much.  Last one just tried sending me back to the Apple.com forums.  Hello iTunes, if I’m contacting you that means the boards didn’t help. LOL.

On the radio show I’ll be playing an interview with Sora this week.  And playing her music.  There will be a podcast of that.  Probably similar to the DawgFM show by airing what was on the radio, but I’ll add some things to it.

Finished an interview with Fergus O’Byrne which will air on the radio at a later date then in podcast form.  And taping another interview Friday night with Ray Johnson of Buddy Wasisname and the Other Fellers.

Who says February is a slow month?

Sora Interview on Friday

Spoke to Fergus O’Byrne last night, interview went well and that will air in a couple of weeks.  Going to get some new music from Fergus so we’re going to wait till I have that in my hands.  Had to reschedule the one with Andrea Wittgens so that will be delayed a bit.

The interview I did with Sora will air on Friday, done editing it today. I’ll be playing brand new music from her upcoming CD, ‘Heartwood’.  And some songs from her earlier CD’s.

http://www.myspace.com/sorasinger

http://www.corvidmedia.com/sora