Tagged: Neil Dobson and the Fabulous Hats

May 22nd Episode


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.







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’.




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’.


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 @


peace, Adrian

April 3rd Show

Few computer/internet problems today but the shows are finally up.


Lots of different artists in the first hour. Hey Rosetta, David Baxter, The Lever Pulled, Remedy, Francis Arsenault and Christine Crawford.


Start off with a DAWG FM/CRTC update. Then back to music for the rest of the show.

Neil Dobson and the Fabulous Hats, Faded Blue, The Strangeboys and Great Big Sea.

If you heard the first hour you know I mentioned winning a mug from Out There with Melissa Dimarco.  Last night’s new episode was built around the “swag bag” they give out to actors who do interviews with them during the film festival.  So I’m having a drink out of the mug and I see the mug itself on the show.  Good timing. LOL.

As for the DAWG FM update, here is the update from the Facebook group I read part of on air last night.

The re-hearing into our DAWG 101.9FM was adjourned yesterday until June 12th 2009. At which time the Commission will hear evidence about the feasibility of the use of 94.5 FM in the Ottawa market.

What does that mean? Let me give you the short history. We were awarded the licence on August 26th 2008, after an exhaustive process. The Decision included our ALL BLUES licence on 101.9FM and a licence to Astral Media for an ADULT CONTEMPORARY licence on 99.7.

An appeal was launched by a Franco-Ontario group that suggested that they should have been licenced. The appeal was granted by Cabinet and the decision was referred back to the CRTC.

We took a proactive, positive approach to this, at great expense, we found another frequency on which, the CRTC could licence another French Language station if it desired to do so. That frequency is 94.5FM.

The CRTC is going to study that frequency to see if it can be used and all of the applicants will get a chance to make comments at the new hearing on June 12.

So we think this is very positive for the Blues. We had the best engineers in Canada find this frequency, further we had it verified by two more engineers, lastly two of the other applicants said it would work….so we know it works period.

The sticky point here is that Astral Media needs to consent to the use of the 94.5 frequency or use it themselves instead of 99.7.

Bob Walsh, Quebec Blues Legend, Alexandre Petit, from Viree Blues Boreale and Ottawa City Councillor Eli El-Chantiry came to the hearing to address the CRTC and were awesome in support of our application, our thanks to them and to everyone – over 3000 people that have supported DAWG FM.

Funny that a guy I read on a radio news message board seems to have guessed this ahead of time.  User named Dan said this 3 weeks ago.

“My guess is the CRTC will re-grant those licenses to Astral and Frank Torres, plus give the go-ahead to the Gatineau Community Station (I assume it was this group that launched the initial complaint). That way everyone is happy.”

Hmmm.  Sounds like that’s what’s happening in Ottawa doesn’t it?  Does show you that sometimes people on an internet message boards really do have inside information. 🙂

April has snuck up on me.  Hope everyone is having a nice weekend.  Another gloomy day here in Kingston.  Looks like winter is going to hit this area one more time.  Possible rain/snow mix overnight and a chance of it from Mon-Wed.  But I’ll believe it when I see it.

Friday’s Show/Links

Tomorrow’s show will be 2 hours with not much of a plan.  Going to grab some new music and make it up on the fly.  No taped interviews in the pipeline, first time I can say that since January.  So I’ll play a bunch of different things Friday night.

Up next a couple of Twitter links.  Friend of the show Ian Foster joined up.  Only musician I’ve interviewed twice for the show.  And as of right now the only one I’ve had a beer with.  Happened in Toronto last summer before he had his gig. 🙂


He said he’s booking his summer tour as we speak.  So maybe a third interview will happen.  Like an annual summer tradition now.  In fact Ian was the first person I ever interviewed for Salt Water Music.

Up next, Jody Vance.  Well known sportscaster.  She’s married to Bart Given who has that new blog I talked about too.


She’s currently on LeafsTV, and had a weekly column in ’24 Hours Toronto’ for 4 years.  But this past Monday was the last column.  And people wonder why the newspaper business is falling apart.

But that link is a place you can read Jody’s thoughts, unfiltered.  Which was part of the joke last week as I read out one of her tweets on air.  [Can someone please come up with a better word than Tweet.  It’s like I’m in Grade 2.]

3rd in the batting order is local.  Sarah Crosbie, formerly of The Whig-Standard.  Now a radio host in town.


I found her page while she was in between jobs.  She filled in on a morning show in town then was hired a week or two later.  The next page belongs to someone else from K-Rock, Tony Orr.


He just joined Twitter recently.  I didn’t know he was a faculty member with Loyalist College.  Things you learn online.

So tomorrow night, a lot of surprises as I figure out what to play.  For sure Neil Dobson/Fabulous Hats since I just got the CD this week.  As for the rest of the show, even I don’t know right now.

Sept. 26th Show

Had no theme for this week’s show but then realized I could have female singers for Hour 1. So an hour of music with Catherine MacLellan, Teresa Ennis, Allison Crowe, Andrea Wittgens and Jessica Rhaye.


Since the first half was women, Hour 2 all guys. Neil Dobson and the Fabulous Hats, Joe Belly and the Sin City Ramblers, Ian Foster including a live track from his website and Gulliver’s Spree.