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Happy Canada Day from Royal City Rag!

On July 1 2009, Royal City Rag headed out to Riverside Park to celebrate Canada Day on location with storytellers Sya Van Geest and Brad Woods, and singer-songwriter Sam Turton. Despite the poor weather, all turned out sunny on a fun show.

Our storytellers 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.

Sam 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 helping out with the firework display.

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

We’ll be back with another live show, this Saturday from 8-10 a.m. on CFRU93.3fm.

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

Listen to the show:

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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)

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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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Royal City Rag will be (literally) broadcasting from the road this coming Saturday, March 27 between 8-9 a.m. 

We’ll be the first CFRU show to make use of the radio station’s new mobile studio as we travel by road from Guelph to St Jacob’s for a storytelling event.

Not only will the studio allow us to be location much more from now on but with this new technology we can actually broadcast on route while we’re driving along.

We’ll be travelling in a specially equipped school bus with CFRU 93.3fm and Royal City Rag emblazoned on the side. We’ll be hard to miss so do look out for us as we travel down Victoria Road, through downtown, and out via Edinburgh Road North and Woodlawn Road to Hwy 7.

Joining us on this historic excursion will be storytellers Sya Van Guest and Brad Woods and singer-songwriter Sam Turton

In the first hour we’ll have our usual mix of cool music, events listing and an interview with the organisers of Roots of Change: Storytelling for Social Change taking place at Ed Video, 40 Baker St, Downtown Guelph on April 1.

It all promises to be lots of fun. You won’t want to miss it!

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 had a very special 3-hour version of Royal City Rag on CFRU93.3fm on February 13 to celebrate St Valentine’s Day.

Garnet Rogers

We started out the show with a new single from Johnny Cash (really), “Ain’t No Grave”, the title song from American Recordings 6 to be released on February 23. I’m not sure how I feel about another posthumous Johnny Cash album. I’m a big fan, but he sounds very frail on this release. It will be interesting to see what the rest of the album sounds like. We followed that with Peter Gabriel and his version of Bon Iver’s Flume from the very interesting “Scratch My Back” covers album featuring songs by Radiohead, Randy Newman and Elbow alongside Bon Iver and others. A soon to be released companion album will have the ‘covered’ artists interpreting Gabriel’s work. You have to admit its a nice idea. The early reviews are very favourable so I guess I’ll be picking up this one too.

And finally, to round out the first set we listened to a gorgeous song by Garnet Rogers, “Summer Lightning” from the  live set, Get A Wtiness. Garnet is in Guelph on February 19 for a show at Dublin St United. Should be a great gig. All the details are here, if you need them.

Later in the hour, we dipped into the Valentine’s theme again, with one of my favourite love songs, Joan Armatrading’s “Willow” and followed that with the beautiful but sad “If love were the cure” from Guelph’s Detour. Detour are 16 year old Elivia Cazzola and her 14 year old sister, Anita. Detour were on last year’s yuletide Royal City Rag playing some traditional songs. We’re hoping to have them back on Royal City Rag fairly shortly, this time focusing on their own material. Stay tuned.

Guelph Symphony Orchestra

To wrap up the first hour Simon Irving, Artistic Director of the Guelph Symphony Orchestra joined us to chat about the GSO’s Valentine’s Day concert at the River Run Centre, Music Of Love and Romance. The performance features some of the most romantic music ever written including Mozart’s Elvira Madigan Concerto and the Warsaw Concerto, as well as favourite tunes from South Pacific, and songs by Sigmund Romberg. Interpretive dance to Prokoviev’s Romeo and Juliet featuring Clayton Scott makes this a concert not to be missed. Tickets are selling out fast, so if you still want to go, and, remember, it is Valentine’s… Call the River Run Box Office at 519-763-3000 or go Online to secure a Valentine’s Day to remember.

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In the second hour, we celebrated Valentine’s weekend in spokenword and music with storytellers Sya Van Geest and Brad Woods and singer-songwriter Sam Turton. We had planned to be on location in Niagara Falls, but after it turned out that, according to the Guelph Mercury, Guelph is the most romantic city in Ontario, we hastily recast our plans and headed down to the Farmers Market. Unfortunately no one told Brad so he ended up in Niagara Falls! Fortunately hs still managed to deliver his story. Good fun was had by all even if it was a bit on the chilly side in the Farmers market car park.

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And finally, to finish a bumper edition of Royal City Rag, we welcomed Sheila O’Reilly (host of CFRU’s A Dog’s Breakfast) and writer and educator Susan Wheeler into the studio for a Valentine’s Weekend song share. An opportunity to hear some great tunes, we very democratically shared some of our favourite love songs, some sad, some happy and some I’d not thought of playing to celebrate the holiday.

We finished up the hour with the Korgis (Stackridge’s Andy Davis and James Warren) beautiful “Everybody’s Got To Learn Sometime” followed by George Adams and Don Pullen’s “God Has Smiled At Me”.

A gorgeous way to finish the show, and, well worth listening to… just for that! I hope you enjoy it.

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All in all, a great show… and almost too much to have to tell you about! I’d suggest that you just take a listen yourselves. You’ll not be disappointed.

Music:
Johnny Cash, Ain’t No Grave from American 6: Ain’t No Grave
Peter Gabriel, Flume from Scratch My Back
Garnet Rogers, Summer Lightning from Get A Witness
Joan Armatrading, Willow from Gold
Detour, If Love Were The Cure from Detour E.P. (Demo)
Sam Turton, What’s So Funny About Peace, Love And Understanding (Live)
Sam Turton, I’d Rather Be With You (Live)
Sam Turton, Right Here (Live)
Sam Turton, Without Love (Live)
Sam Turton, I’ve Just Seen a Face (Live)
Sam Turton, Oh Susanna (Live)
Rosanne Cash, Long Black Veil from The List
KD Lang, Hallelujah from Recollection
Tomas McEoin & The Waterboys, Down By The Sally Gardens from Room To Roam (Collectors Edition)
Corries, Peggy Gordon from Traditions
Eddi Reader, The Shepherd’s Song from Peacetime
Ralph McTell, Streets Of London from Streets Of London And Other Stories
Beau Dommage, La complainte du phoque en Alaska from Beau Dommage (30 Anniversary Edition)
Martha Wainright, Dis quand reviendras tu? from I Will Internalize EP
Korgis. Everybody’s Got To Learn Sometime from Don’t Look Back, The Best Of The Korgis
Don Pullen and George Adams, God Has Smiled On Me from Melodic Excursions

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We have a ‘bumper’ edition of Royal City Rag planned for February 13.

In the first hour (7-8 a.m.) we’ll talk to Simon Irving, Artistic Director of the Guelph Symphony Orchestra about their Valentine’s Day concert at the River Run Centre, Music Of Love and Romance, featuring some of the most romantic music ever written – Mozart’s Elvira Madigan Concerto, the Warsaw Concerto, both works featuring their own Amy Wark as piano soloist, as well as favourite tunes from South Pacific, and songs by Sigmund Romberg, performed by soprano Mary DuQuesnay.

The timeless story of Romeo and Juliet will also be presented and interpreted by the magnetic Clayton Scott, with thrilling and emotional music by Prokofiev. Guest conductor for Romeo and Juliet will be Judith Yan of the National Ballet. 

Clayton Scott

The Details:
Concert: Music of Love and Romance
When: Sunday February 14 at 3.00 p.m.
Where: River Run Centre, Guelph

Tickets: Online or at the River Run Box Office, 519-763-3000
Adult/Senior: $30.00
Student: $15.00
Child: $10.00 (12 and under)
eyeGO: $5.00 (High School Student – valid ID required)

In the second hour (8-9 a.m.), we’ll be celebrating Valentine’s weekend in spokenword and music with our good friends, storytellers Sya Van Geest and Brad Woods and singer-songwriter Sam Turton. It promises to be great fun. You won’t want to miss it!

And finally, in this week’s extra hour (9-10 a.m.), while I’m filling in for my good friend Alden Hadwen, I will be joined by Sheila O’Reilly (host of CFRU’s A Dog’s Breakfast) and Susan Wheeler (former Royal City Rag Weather Pixie) for a song share with a distinct Valentine’s focus, but also a few twists. Tune it to hear some of the great songs we’ve chosen and, why!  It should be interesting…

Royal City Rag, Saturdays from 7-9 a.m. on CFRU 93.3 fm, Guelph’s Campus and Community Radio Station. Listen live on CFRU 93.3fm, or, after the fact, via the website. If it happens in Guelph you’ll hear about it on Royal City Rag!

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It was a very special festive Royal City Rag on December 19

In the first hour, Ursalynn (Lynn Woodford) and Diane Hurst joined us to celebrate the upcoming winter solstice and chat about the pagan side of Christmas. Many people forget that much of what we now know as the Christmas season has its roots in pagan rites celebrating the solstice and our role as part of nature.

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Elivia, Anita, Sya and Brian

In the second hour, we celebrated yuletide with storytellers Brian Holstein (The Silk Scarf) and Sya Van Geest (How Santa Got His Job) with seasonal music from “Detour”, the rich harmonies of piano and acoustic guitar duo, Elivia and Anita Cazzola, aged 16 and 14 respectively. The sisters have introduced their folky-pop style to many venues, such as church bazaars, local stores and eateries including Planet Bean, school talent shows and the Italian Canadian Club, not to mention competitions.  They will be performing at Guelph’s Battle of the Bands in the Spring.

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Music:
Waterboys, A Pagan Place from The Secret Life Of the Waterboys
Hilary Stagg, The Edge Of Forever from Inspirations
Fantasia on Greensleeves, Kitchener Waterloo Symphony Orchestra from Carols And Choirs For Christmas
Sufjan Stevens, Winter Solstice from Songs for Christmas Vol 5 (2006)
St Matthew’s Lutheran Church Choir, In The Bleak Midwinter from Carols And Choirs For Christmas
Loreena McKennitt, The Holly And The Ivy from A Midwinter Night’s Dream
Vince Guaraldi Trio, O Tannenbaum from A Charlie Brown Christmas
Nick Lowe, What’s So Funny About Peace Love and Understanding (Acoustic) from At My Age (Bonus Tracks)
Detour, God Rest Your Merry Gentlemen (Live)
Detour, Silent Night (Live)
Detour, Joy To The World (Live)
Detour, Winter Wonderland (Live)
Detour, Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas (Love)
Holly Cole, Mary Margaret O’Hara, Rebecca Jenkins, Jane Siberry and Victoria Williams, Count Your Blessings from Count Your Blessings

 

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