CiTR -- The Saturday Edge

CiTR & Discorder Magazine


Now in its 31st year on CiTR, The Saturday Edge is my personal guide to world & roots music, with African, Latin and European music in the first half, followed by Celtic, Blues, Songwriters, Cajun and whatever else fits!

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711 episodes

Reflections on Edmonton Folk Music Festival

Music by many of the standout performers at last weekend's Edmonton Folk Music Festival, plus a generous helping of new releases from all around the world - mostly inspired by reading the virtual pages of Songlines Magazine.

3h 59m
Aug 13
Edmonton Folk Fest Special

I will post the songs as soon as I can. Right now I'm off to the festival ....

4h 0m
Aug 06
Edmonton Folk Music Festival Preview Special

Music from the festivals once again! Western Canadian festivals are in full swing for the first time in 3 years. Hooray!! Featured lots of performers who will be on the bill at next weekend's Edmonton Folk Music Festival. Plus a rather "trippy" start to the show, a look back at Mission last week, and a couple of tracks from Steve Dawson's new CD, and a whole heap of trad at the end.

4h 0m
Jul 30
On A Mission

Mission Folk Music Festival Special, plus some interviews from last weekend's Vancouver Folk Fest, a dose of personal nostalgia, and some real tasty new music

4h 3m
Jul 23
BC Fests are The Very Best!

A look back at Island Musicfest in Courtenay, a celebration of Vancouver Folk Music Festival taking place this weekend, and a look ahead to next week's Mission Folk Music Festival. Plus the great new CD from Canadian trio Blackie & The Rodeo Kings, and a whole lot more, including (unrelated) blues fiddlers Sugarcane and Anne Harris, and some tasty Swedes, delectable gypsy jazz and hot zydeco from Quebec, and a look ahead to Jocelyn Pettit's dual CD launch and an intriguing Celtic session next week.

4h 2m
Jul 16
Island Musicfest Edition

Previews of local festivals in Courtenay, Vancouver and Mission. Plus some new releases and some old favourites.

4h 10m
Jul 09
Post Canada Day

RIP Rudi Gomis (Orchestra Baobab), a big dollop of African and Latin music, then a whole heap of Canadian artists - most of whom are performing at Island Musicfest, and / or Vancouver Folk Music Festiuval and / or Mission Folk Music Festival later this month. The soulful and bluesy groove eventually gave way to some stunning songwriters, and we finished with the customary Celtic flourish

4h 5m
Jul 02
Feature Interview with Pharis & Jason Romero

Also music from the latest Songlines Magazine, a feature on Malian singer and activist Oumou Sangaré, and R.I.P. to the brilliant, understated, Irish-American Celtic trad guitarist Dennis Cahill. Such a sad loss! More Celtic music - especially about trees - and some festival and concert previews, as well as a bit of Canadiana for Canada Day

4h 3m
Jun 25
Juneteenth - and festival previews

Music for the 157th anniversary of Juneteenth - June 19 1865, abolition of slavery in the USA. Lots of previews of July festivals in BC, and features on wonderful new albums by Pharis & Jason Romero, and Kobo Town.

4h 5m
Jun 18
June Is Bustin' Out All Over!

Summer Festival Previews, New Releases, Local Concert Previews, Seasonal Songs, and oodles of amazing women: singers, fiddlers, guitarists, and fabulous songwriters.

4h 5m
Jun 11
Happy 81 Circles Around The Sun, Mr. Dylan!

Also R.I.P.s to Ronnie Hawkins, Kelly Joe Phelps, and Belle du Berry. A nod - of sorts - to the Queen's 70th anniversary, and as many bits of irreverence and celebration and lamenting as anyone can take in 4 hours of the musical mayhem served up today - amidst some pretty horrendous Wi-Fi connection challenges!

4h 10m
Jun 04
Take Away The Guns

The mass murder of innocent school children in Texas really got to me this week. What a truly messed-up country we have on our southern doorstep. I have a lot of American friends and I play a lot of American music on the show. I empathize with them all. There appears to be no hope down there. The Republicans are doing the damnedest to screw up everything. So, all I can do is play music and try to lift all our spirits as we watch in despair (horror grips us as we watch you die, from Wooden Ships, comes to mind. Maybe I'll play that song next week!) Keep on folkin' and rollin' in the Great White North, eh?

4h 0m
May 28
World (Whirled) Fiddle Day

Celebrating World Fiddle Day with some amazing whirling fiddles from Canada. Scotland, Ireland, America, Spain, and Norway. Plus a feature on the new CD by East Van bluegrass quartet The Lonesome Town Painters, and new CDs from dobro diva Abbie Gardner, Catalonia's Magali Sare and Claudia Colom, BC's Barney Bentall, Mississippi's Charlie Musselwhite, and a whole lot more.

4h 2m
May 21
Bonny Black Hare Day

Some ribald ditties for what makes May so ... ahem ... merry! Plus it's Rogue Anniversary Night, with a unique band making their Rogue Folk Club debut - Diyet & The Love Soldiers from Yukon. So a few songs from the amazing Tutchone singer songwriter and her acoustic folk / bluegrass trio, starring Bob Hamilton, legendary steel guitar player, record producer, and all round string wizard. Also some new releases, sets of world music grooves, blues, and singer songwriters, and Canadian and Scottish Celtic trad. Plus some music from performers who will play the Summer festivals, and a smattering of performers who have graced The Rogue stage over the past 35 years or so.

4h 6m
May 14
The Right To Choose

New music from Mali's Fatoumata Diawara and Oumou Sangare, plus a single from Terakaft to start the show. Featured the wonderful Cuban-Canadian duo Okan at both ends of today's show. They play a Rogue concert this coming Monday. Can hardly wait!! Interesting Nordic / Celtic crossover from Vilsevind, lots of Canadians excelling at story songs and fast fiddles, and a feature on Pharis & Jason Romero. Then a pro-choice section, some more delightful Latina music from Okan and Las Estrellas de Vancouver (all-female mariachi band who open for Okan on Monday), and a blast of Quebecois magic from Le Vent du Nord, before the recently-passed Bill Bourne sings of how circuses - and for me, the way folk festivals - brighten up our lives. We need cheering up!

4h 5m
May 07
Back to CiTR

Ventured out to UBC to present the show LIVE for the first time in a few weeks. Massive amounts of construction and road works, and a whole mess of technical difficulties greeted me! Somehow managed to get it all in, though! New music from Oumou Sangare, Taj Mahal & Ry Cooder, The Unthanks, etc. Previews of Pharis and Jason Romero, Early Spirit, Okan, and Diyet & The Love Soldiers. More little tributes to Bill Bourne and Pastelle LeBlanc. Plus a little May Day blast at the end

4h 17m
Apr 30
Bill Bourne R.I.P. / New St. George

Another good man done gone. Plus harps and koras and a few new releases and concert previews - plus a nod in the general direction of St. George's Day.

4h 2m
Apr 23
Refuge and Refugees

Featured new albums by Calexico, Riley Family Band, Matt Andersen, and Sowal Diabi - Kaboul to Bamako. Plus a sad R.I.P. to Pastelle LeBlanc of PEI's trad trio Vishten. A bit of an Earth Day set, a preview of upcoming shows by Van Django and three Canadian blues singers, and lots more new music inspired by reading the latest issue of Songlines magazine. Plenty of songs for and about refugees, and a rousing finish with the first Pink Floyd single for many years - featuring Ukrainian singer Andriy Khlyvnyuk.

4h 6m
Apr 16
And The Award Winners Are:

Music from some of last weekend's winners (and nominees) from the Canadian Folk Music Awards, and The Grammy Awards, plus nominations for Folk Alliance International Awards coming next month. Also features on new releases by Molly Tuttle, Scotland's amazing Kinnaris Quintet, and Seattle's Jim Page

4h 5m
Apr 09
Fanciful French Flauntingness

Some of the bands at this weekend's Festival du Bois and next week's April In Paris gypsy jazz fling. New releases and some fabulous songwriters from Canada, USA and UK

4h 4m
Apr 02
A musical journey with peace and harmony

Loads of new music this week, including tunes from such exotic locations as Cape Verde, Mali, Senegal, Cuba, Denmark, Wales, Norway, Italy, Bosnia, Ukraine, Estonia, Persia, Ireland, Scotland, and even England! And of course from all across Canada: Quebec, BC, Yukon, and Alberta mostly. A chance to revel in some incredible creativity and soulful music composed, recorded and brought to us by fabulous musicians who have bravely soldiered on through the pandemic to do their level best to brighten up our lives!

4h 5m
Mar 26
A Persian / Ukrainian / Celtic Music Special

Happy Norooz! Happy Vernal Equinox! But also lament for the Ukrainian refugees and victims of war crimes.. Why oh wy?

4h 10m
Mar 19
A World Of Voices & St. Paddy's Day Special

New music and song from around the planet: Sahara, Mali, Cuba, Italy, Finland, Albania, Ukraine x 6, Baluchistan, BC, Nova Scotia, USA, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, and Quebec. Plus some spirited instrumentals to keep us all bouncing along towards St. Patrick's Day

4h 2m
Mar 12
Inernational Women's Month - Part 1

Music by fabulously strong and talented women from Africa, Cuba, Spain, France, Italy, Baluchistan, Ukraine, Canada, and America. New releases from Oysterband (UK), Mama's Broke (NS), Dakhabrakha (Ukraine), Early Spirit (BC), Chris Newman (Yorkshire), Dlu (Scotland), Andy Martyn (London), and three great trad bands from Quebec. Plus concert previews for Coig, Forro do Cana & Celso Machado. And more!

4h 18m
Mar 05
Ukraine!! So sad. Words fail me.

This show is dedicated to the people of Ukraine, hunkered down in the face of a brutal invasion by Russia. Absolutely heart-rending! Some Mardi Gras faves to lighten the mood, some great new African music at the beginning of the show, and a panoply of performers coming to town over the next few weeks as live music returns. At last!

4h 12m
Feb 26
The Clock Winds Down and Better Times Will Come

Plenty of new music today, from Africa, Tuva, Spain, Italy, Canada, USA, Scotland, and Ireland. Plus Part 3 of my homage to Norma Waterson, Rogue previews for Dalannah Gail Bowen and Gary Comeau's great bands, and a truly stunning anthem from Janis Ian

4h 16m
Feb 19
Love and Unity

Songs for Valentine's Day, World Radio Day, Lunar New Year, and other celebrations. It's a beautiful day here on the left coast and there is way too much negativity about, so this was a very full hatful of uplifting songs and danceable tunes - for the most part!

4h 22m
Feb 12
Fundrive Special 2022

A bumper 4 1/2 hour program with some hot new releases, some of my all-time favourites, some concert previews and a bunch of anecdotes about my own personal history in radio, and the thoughts of a few other CiTR DJs as we celebrate 85 years on the air! That's 15 more than a certain monarch! Speaking of queens, the "queen of English folk music", Norma Waterson, passed away this week. I am absolutely mortified at her passing. She was like a mother to everyone who presented or played folk music. So, a few of my favourite Norma Waterson vocal tracks - and I'll have a big feature on her next week.

4h 27m
Feb 05
An All-Canadian Playlist

Twice a year CiTR reports to SOCAN, the Canadian Performing Rights Organization so they can calculate and distribute royalties to composers and songwriters. They monitor commercial radio all the time. Independent artists hardly get a look-in. So, if they can skew the statistics by only monitoring REAL radio stations twice a year, I reckon it's up to independent DJs like me to skew the statistics back a bit! Here are 58 Canadian songs and tunes by some of my favourite performers - who just happen to be Canadian by birth or by nationalization if you like.

4h 12m
Jan 29
Robbie Burns Day Celebration

Heaps of Celtic music from Scotland, Canada, and Ireland as we celebrate Burns Day, Planxty's 50th anniversary, and John Doyle's birthday too. Threw in some January songs and new music from Janis Ian, Eliza Gilkyson, Steve Dawson, and Spanish newcomers Almale, and Coloma Bertan. Plus great young desert blues band Toumastine.

4h 1m
Jan 22