Program Profile: Melodies in MindIt's a folk show with a difference. Two hours packed with live performances, interviews and more.
By Magnus Thyvold
With so many artists at each show and a small studio it sometimes gets pretty crowded says Fletcher. “There was one time when the bands Headwater, The Sumner Brothers, singer-songwriter Kate Reid, and Drew Farrance were all in the studio at once, it was 7 rough and tumble-like young guys and Kate Reid, who is a lesbian, all in the studio elbow to elbow playing music. It was a strange element to put Kate into, but she ate it up!” The excitement of crowds is one of the dangers Fletcher faces regularly to bring his show to air.
Radio was a natural fit.
More than just music, it is a show about community building and consciousness-raising, too. Programs often revolve around themes and the artists are
Morning Folks Shows on CFUV 101.9FM in Victoria BC
Roots & Writers on UMFM 101.5FM in Winnipeg MB
Folk Directions on CKUT 90.3 FM in Montreal QC
Acoustic Roots on CHUO 89.1FM in Ottawa ON
Folkcetera on CJSW 90.9FM in Calgary AB
These are some of the recent releases that caught his ear:
The Deep Dark Woods – Hang Me oh Hang Me,
SunParlour Players – Hyms for the Happy,
Cydney Robinson – Spokeswoman for the Shoeless,
Dominique Fraissard – Tabula Rasa,
Eamon McGrath – All Eyes Fixed on the Boy with the Black Guitar,
Eugene Ripper – Fast Folk Underground 2.0,
The Gruff – The Gruff,
Jon Middleton – After a Trip,
Matt Lo – Acoustic,
Peter Case – Let Us Praise Now Sleepy John,
Sean Hayes – Flowering Space,
Terri Hendrix – The Spiritual Kind,
The United Steelworkers of Montreal – Kerosene and Coal