Posts Tagged ‘Eamon McGrath’

Stranded podcast #255

July 10, 2015

* Singer-songwriter Mark Martyre LIVE in the CiTR studio *

Today’s special guest Mark Martyre has literally just landed in Vancouver from his home town of Toronto.  Mark is an established and prolific singer-songwriter with three quality albums under his belt.   His music is lyrically-rich and his well-crafted folk tunes are supported by a weathered voice reminiscent of Tom Waits or even fellow-Torontonian Eamon McGrath. Tune in to hear three fantastic acoustic tunes and listen to Mark speak of his life in the music world of Toronto. Vancouver can expect to see him playing live shows in due course!

Featured video: Mark Martyre – ‘That Red Dress’ [2013]

Stranded podcast #253

June 24, 2015

* Featuring an interview with Rick Reid of Eternal Husbands *

An extra special guest phones through to chat this week – Rick Reid, guitarist, vocalist and lyricist of Montreal-based two-piece ‘fog pop’ band Eternal Husbands!  Rick and bassist Matt Leddy are well known to Stranded and the Canadian independent music world as two-thirds of The City Streets who formed in Edmonton in 2005 and released a number of top-notched records until they disbanded in 2013. Rick and Matt have explored a new sound with the new band, incorporating synths and an expansive, layered approach to their recording. Album #2 ‘French Exit’ is out now. Catch Eternal Husbands on tour this summer and you won’t be disappointed!

Featured video: Eternal Husbands – ‘The Forest’ [2015]

Stranded podcast #230

January 3, 2015

* Leah Barley LIVE in the CiTR studio *

We kick off a brand new year with a brief retrospective of Eamon McGrath, singer-songwriter. With over 250 songs written and countless tours of Canada and Europe under his belt, Toronto-based (and Edmonton-bred) McGrath is seemingly on path to be one of the greats of Canadian song. Today you can hear a track from his brand new record Exile, as well as selections from the ‘Peacemaker’ and ‘Young Canadians’ records, which were recorded at JC/DC studios in Vancouver, and also tracks recorded in Edmonton from as far back as 2007.

Next up we are joined by our first special guest of 2015 – Vancouver-based singer-songwriter Leah Barley! Leah will be playing the ‘Stranded’ Sunday Sessions #4′ at the Railway Club on 11 January. She speaks today of her music journey beginning on a fateful day when she was introduced to a rowdy roots jam in Canmore, AB. Leah was a joy to interview and I’m sure you’ll be delighted by with her acoustic guitar and banjo renditions of three original songs.

Featured video: Leah Barely – ‘Drip Drop’ [2012]

Stranded podcast #229

December 30, 2014

* Interview with Alea Rae and Nicholas from The Good In Everyone *

Today we revisit the proto-grunge sounds of Australia’s Cosmic Psychos, featuring the fuzz-bass and vocal growl of farmer and bulldozer driver Ross Knight. The fascinating and unlikely story of the band’s adventures overseas has been documented in the film ‘Blokes You Can Trust’ [2014].

Today is our xmas special and we air a handful of Christmas-themed songs, including a super-cool track by Vancouver’s Paul Leahy (of the band Polly) called ‘Rumble on Christmas Eve Night‘.

And in the last half hour of the show we catch up once again with Alea Rae and her band, as well as Nicholas from indie-pop band The Good In Everyone. Our returning guests reflect on the year in music, especially in regard to the Vancouver scene.

Featured video: Cosmic Psychos – ‘Custom Credit’ (live) [2011]

Stranded podcast #216

September 19, 2014

* Featuring the space-rock opera ‘Children Of The Sun’ by Billy Thorpe *

One of my favourite things to do is to purchase an Australian vinyl record on my travels here in Canada, that I can then play on ‘Stranded’.  I recently discovered a record I’d never heard of but have since discovered it’s regarded as somewhat of a classic – ‘Children Of The Sun’, by rock legend Billy Thorpe.  Billy began his musical career at the tender age of 9 and went to front a 60s British-invasion style pop group, The Aztecs, which morphed into a loud, bluesy beast of a band that is most famous for the hit ‘Most People I Know Think That I’m Crazy’.  In 1976 Billy made the plunge into the US market and found himself initially ignored by a country who had no idea that he was more-or-less the king of rock n roll in Australia.  The resulting record, ‘Children Of The Sun’ (1979), actually ended up charting in the US.  You can hear some of the wild ‘space rock’ sounds of this concept record on the show today.  MG

Featured video:  Broadwing – ‘Commerce’ [2014]