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Left to Right: Sya Van Geest, Brad Woods and Sam Turton

On April 1, 2009, Royal City Rag was broadcast live from an unlikely Guelph location. The show featured storytellers Sya Van Guest and Brad Woods, and singer-songwriter Sam Turton.

Special thanks are due to the management of the establishment for allowing us to broadcast the show and all the people who came by to listen and join in the fun. Thanks also to Bubble the Clown for joining us to keep the children entertained.

I strongly recommend you check out the show if you get the chance. Sya and Brad’s stories were wonderful, a joy to listen to.

Sam is well-known for preparing many different versions of our musical theme, Nick Lowe’s “What’s So Funny About Peace and Understanding?”; this time he used a lounge-style. He also composed a new song, “April Fool”, especially for the show!

I hope you enjoy listening to the show as much as we enjoyed putting it together. A perfect show for a very special day.

Jan Andrea Hall

Music:
Sam Turton, What’s So Funny About Peace, Love and Understanding? (Nick Lowe, Live)
Sam Turton, Fool On The Hill (Paul McCartney, Live)
Sam Turton, Everybody (John Prine, Live)
Sam Turton, April Fool (Sam Turton, Live)

Listen to the show:

Catch Royal City Rag, Saturdays 7-9 a.m. on CFRU93.3fm, Guelph’s Campus-Community Radio Station.

Remember if you don’t catch Royal City Rag live on CFRU93.3fm, you can pick it up later that day via the CFRU archive or here, on the blog, the next day.

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We started Royal City Rag on March 27 with a gorgeous three song set featuring two bluesgrass numbers from Del McCoury and a beautiful love song “That Time Of the Night” from English singer-songwriter, Michael Chapman.

In the first hour of the show we talked to Rachel Shoup and Catherine Norman from Storytelling For Social Change, a Guelph student group, who have a special event, “Roots of Change” on April 1 from 6 – 11 p.m. in the Ed Video Gallery, 40 Baker St, Downtown Guelph.

At the event, four local activists from the campus and local community will share their stories of change and activism, followed by a discussion period.

Opening the event will be acoustic guitarist/singer-songwriter David Scott. During his set he will be performing “Red and White on Rope”, a song he wrote as a creative response to reading Dr. Anne-Marie Zadjlik’s journals regarding the Bracelet of Hope campaign.

The evening is free by donation to support the “Roots of Change” project. Complimentary beverages and food will be provided.

There will also be an open mic portion of the program for people to share their own stories of activism through creative expression.

The event will be recorded for broadcast on CFRU93.3fm. RSVP to this event via Facebook here.

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In the second hour of the show, Royal City Rag went out on the road for an historic excursion to St Jacob’s Farmers Market with storytellers Sya Van Guest and Brad Woods and singer-songwriter Sam Turton

Our trip was made possible by CFRU 93.3fm’s super duper new mobile studio located in the back of a specially modified school bus.

Not only will this new technology allow us to do more outside broadcasts of the show but for today’s journey we were actually able to broadcast while we were driving along.

It’s well worth a listen, even if I’m clearly biased. Enjoy!

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Music:
Del McCoury, Get Down On Your Knees And Pray from The Best Of Del McCoury, The GrooveGrass Years
Del McCoury, I Feel The Blues Movin’ In from The Best Of Del McCoury, The GrooveGrass Years
Michael Chapman, That Time Of The Night from Time Past & Time Passing
Sam Cooke, A Change Is Gonna Come from 30 Greatest Hits
Eddie Vedder, Rise from Into The Wild (Original Soundtrack)
Lee Dorsey, Yes We Can from Saturday Night Fish Fry, New Orleans Funk & Soul
Sam Turton, What’s So Funny About Peace, Love And Understanding? (Nick Lowe, Live In The Studio)
Sam Turton, Country Road (James Taylor, Live In The Studio)
Sam Turton, Going Down the Road Feeling Bad (Traditional, Live In The Studio)
Sam Turton, Ol’ 55 (Tom Waits, Live In The Studio)
Sam Turton, Willin’ (Lowell George, Live In The Studio)
Mike Janzen Trio, Where It Goes from Mombacho
Sam Turton, April Fool (Sam Turton, Live In The Studio)

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From Brian Holstein of the Guelph Guild of Storytellers:

A reminder of the storytelling at the Boathouse on December 9 at 8 p.m. Admission is free; donations to Sister Christine. Derek Brisland, formerly with the BBC will be our guest, along with tales from Guild members Susan, Frank, Rebecca, Sandy and yours truly.

And there’s food.

And there’s hot cider.

And it’s all free.

And it’s for a wonderful cause.

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Sya Van Geest on Royal City Rag

Sya Van Geest on Royal City Rag

Guelph storyteller Sya Van Geest, a good friend of Royal City Rag, will be the featured performer at The Boathouse tonight.  She will be joined by Beve Matson, Frank Toplin, Sandy Schoen and Brian Holstein. There will also be an Open Mic for telling stories of less than 5 minutes.

Storytelling starts at 8.00 p.m.

There is no cost for admission, though donations are welcomed.

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Canada DayOn July 1 we headed out to Riverside Park to celebrate Canada Day on location. Despite the poor weather all turned out sunny on a fun Royal City Rag.

Storytellers Sya Van Guest and Brad Woods were on fine form; Sya explaining the origin of storytelling and Brad regaling us with his experiences in the cockpit during his first flying lesson.

Singer-songwriter Sam Turton sang several songs on the show, including another new one, “You’re my home, Canada”, written especially for Royal City Rag.  He also threw in a soulful version of O Canada to finish the show.

Unfortunately we had to beat a hasty retreat at the end of the show after Brad got a bit carried away with his role helping out with the firework display.

Hopefully CFRU will still allow us to to go out on location in the future although I doubt Brad will get to play with matches again!

Catch the show if you missed it. It was a great one!

Music:
Sam Turton, What’s So funny About Peace, Love And Understanding? (Live)
Sam Turton, Annapolis Farm (Live)
Sam Turton, Right Here (Live)
Sam Turton, You Are My Home, Canada (Live)
Sam Turton, O Canada (Live)

Storytelling: 
Sya Van Geest, The Birth Of Stories
Brad Woods, Flying Lessons

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Left to Right: Sya Van Geest, Brad Woods and Sam Turton

Left to Right: Sya Van Geest, Brad Woods and Sam Turton

On June 17, we replayed the wonderful Tall Tales show from April 1 featuring storytellers Sya Van Guest and Brad Woods, and singer-songwriter Sam Turton.

For this special show we were out on location. Thanks to the management at the establishment for allowing us to broadcast from there and all the people who came by to listen and join in the fun. Thanks also to Bubble the Clown for joining us to keep the children entertained.

Sya and Brad’s stories were wonderful. I strongly recommend you check them out when you get the chance. Sam’s songs were very appropriate to the occasion, and, as usual, highly enjoyable. This time he gave us his fourth different version of “What’s So Funny About Peace and Understanding?”; this time in lounge-style. He even composed a new song, “April Fool”, especially for the show!

I hope you enjoy listening to the show as much as we enjoyed putting it together. A perfect show for a very special day.

Music:
Sam Turton, What’s So Funny About Peace, Love and Understanding? (Nick Lowe, Live)
Sam Turton, Fool On The Hill (Paul McCartney, Live)
Sam Turton, Everybody (John Prine, Live)
Sam Turton, April Fool (Sam Turton, Live)

Listen to the show:

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We’re replaying one of our most successful Royal City Rag shows on June 17. It’s our show from April 1 featuring storytellers Sya Van Guest and Brad Woods, along with singer-songwriter Sam Turton. To celebrate April Fools Day we were broadcasting live from a mystery location. If you missed it the first time, definitely catch it this time. It’s really worth a listen!

To learn more about the storytelling of Sya Van Geest and Brad Woods along with the songs of Sam Turton, join us on Royal City Rag, Wednesday 6-7 p.m. on CFRU 93.3fm, Guelph’s Campus-Community Radio Station. Listen live or after the fact via the website.
 

Sya VanGeest

Sya Van Geest

Sya Van Geest is a retired teacher-librarian now devoting her energy and considerable gifts to storytelling. Sya is very active in many areas of Guelph life, including, as a regular volunteer in schools, senior homes and churches. As a founding member of Guelph GoGo GrandMothers, Sya has a special passion for African stories as part of the Stephen Lewis Foundation Grandmothers to Grandmothers campaign. Sya was recipient of the Ontario Library Association’s Distinguished Service Award in 2005 and Guelph Woman of Distinction for Voluntary Community Service 2007.

 

 
Brad Woods

Brad Woods

Brad Woods is a former director of the Storytellers School of Toronto, the recipient of the 2002 Anne Smythe Travel Grant for Storytelling and in 2004 was the Storyteller in Residence at the Guelph Civic Museum. In 2005 he was featured at the Yukon International Storytelling Festival in White Horse and in 2006 he was the first Canadian featured at the Los Angeles Storytelling Festival. In 2007 Brad released his first CD full of stories and had a story in rotation on Talk Story Radio out of Hawaii. Brad is also a member of the Great Wooden Trio.

 

Sam Turton Live On Royal City Rag

Sam Turton

 

 

Sam Turton is a singer-songwriter, mentor/therapist, and social activist. Until the age of 45, because his voice was very restrained, he would find other performers to sing his songs. Ten years ago, while exploring and resolving emotional blocks, his original voice emerged. He now belts out soulful blues, gospel and classic R&B. Sam’s songs can be heard on his solo CD Feel and on the benefit CDs Not There and Afghanistan–On Guard For Thee?.

As well as his working on his own musical career, Sam also facilitates community singalongs and Rise up Singing voice workshops with his partner Jane Lewis.

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