Saturday, September 16, 2017

Saturday Morning with Mike Regenstreif – CKCU – Saturday September 16, 2017

Saturday Morning is an eclectic roots-oriented program on CKCU in Ottawa heard live on Saturday mornings from 7 until 10 am (Eastern time) and then available for on-demand streaming. I am one of the four rotating hosts of Saturday Morning and base my programming on the Folk Roots/Folk Branches format I developed at CKUT in Montreal.

CKCU can be heard at 93.1 FM in Ottawa and on the web.

This episode of Saturday Morning can be streamed on-demand at

Extended feature – Highway 61 Revisited – Revisited: Various artists reimagine the songs from Bob Dylan’s classic 1965 album.

Julian Fauth- Frankie & Johnny
The Weak and the Wicked, the Hard and the Strong (Electro-Fi)

Steel Rail- That’s How the Summer Slips Away
River Song (Crossties)
David Francey- Far End of Summer
Far End of Summer (Laker)
Chris Ronald- Everything Goes Green
Fragments (Borealis)
Laura Smith- My Bonny
B’tween the Earth and My Soul (Cornermuse)

KC Groves- Little Rain
Happy Little Trees (KC Groves)
Tom Rush, Jamie Hartford, Odetta, Emmylou Harris, Carolyn Hester, Nanci Griffith & Frank Christian- Wasn’t That a Mighty Storm
Other Voices, Too (A Trip Back to Bountiful) (Elektra)
Garnet Rogers- Hallelujah! The Great Storm is Over
Speaking Softly in the Dark (Snow Goose Songs)
Barbara Jo Kammer- I Can See Clearly Now
One Song at a Time (BJK)

John McCutcheon- The Machine
single (Appalsongs)

Matthew Byrne- Long Years Ago
Horizon Lines (Matthew Byrne)
The Jeremiahs- The Femme Fatale of Maine
The Femme Fatale of Maine (The Jeremiahs)
Tom Russell- All on a Belfast Morning
Folk Hotel (Frontera)

Bruce Cockburn- Looking and Waiting
Bone On Bone (True North)
Claire Lynch- All the Diamonds
North By South (Compass)
Lynn Miles w/Keith Glass- Surrender, Dorothy
Road (Lynn Miles)
Shawna Caspi- Brave Parade
Forest Fire (Shawna Caspi)

Too Sad for the Public w/Suzzy Roche- All Along
David Myles- Dreaming
Real Love with David Myles (Little Tiny Records)
Beyond the Pale-Hora
Ruckus (Borealis)
Beyond the Pale- Bulgar
Ruckus (Borealis)
Christine Lavin- What the Hell was That?
Spaghettification (Christine Lavin)

Jodi Jean & Aylon- Like a Rolling Stone
Bobfest (Jodi Jean & Aylon)
Tim O'Brien- Tombstone Blues
Red On Blonde (Sugar Hill)
Colleen Peterson- It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry
Beginning to Feel Like Home (Capitol)
Ken Hamm- From a Buick 6
Live ’05 (North Track)
Ben Sidran- Ballad of a Thin Man *
Dylan Different (Bonsai) 

*Ben Sidran’s version of “Ballad of a Thin Man” was actually not heard because the CD would not play in either of the CD players in the studio. I left it on the playlist as it was an essential component of this extended feature.

Jimmy LaFave- Queen Jane Approximately
The Night Tribe (Music Road)
Joan Osborne- Highway 61 Revisited
Songs of Bob Dylan (Womanly Hips Music)
Tom Russell & Joe Ely- Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues
Folk Hotel (Frontera)
Chris Smither- Desolation Row
Train Home (HighTone)

Shelley Posen- Ram in the Thicket
Manna (Well Done Music)
Robin Greenstein- Here I Am (Hineni)
Tears and Laughter (Windy Records)

Ball & Chain- You’re Gonna Change (Or I’m Gonna Leave)
Trouble All the Time (Ball & Chain)
Dakota Dave Hull & Sean Blackburn- There’ll Be Some Changes Made
Rob Lutes- Rabbit
Walk in the Dark (Lucky Bear)

Kat Goldman- The One to Dream
The Workingman’s Blues (Kat Goldman)
The Sherman Holmes Project w/Joan Osborne- Dark End of the Street
The Richmond Sessions (M.C.)
Jack Tempchin- It’s Your World Now
Peaceful Easy Feeling: The Songs of Jack Tempchin (Blue Elan)

Dakota Dave Hull- New Shirt
Under the North Star (Arabica)

I’ll be hosting Saturday Morning next on October 14.

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--Mike Regenstreif

Friday, September 15, 2017

Beyond the Pale – Ruckus

Borealis Records

(A version of this review was published in the September 18, 2017 issue of the Ottawa Jewish Bulletin.)

Ruckus – an exciting, all-instrumental set of 13 tunes – is the first CD in eight years from Beyond the Pale, the Toronto-based klezmer band led by mandolinist Eric Stein, artistic director of Ashkenaz, Toronto’s biennial festival of Yiddish and Jewish culture.

In addition to Eric, the band includes violinist Aleksandar Gajic, bassist Brett Higgins, accordionist Milos Popovic and clarinetist Martin Van De Ven.

Mike Regenstreif introducing Beyond the Pale at the Montreal Folk Festival on the Canal (2017)
Almost equally divided between traditional klezmer and Balkan tunes and original compositions by the various members of the band, Beyond the Pale uses traditional styles as a starting point in their compositions and adaptations as they incorporate influences from classical music, jazz and bluegrass into their playing.

For example, the moods in Eric’s “The Whole Thing” shift from a classical feel to a Parisian café mode, while Aleksander’s haunting “Andale” seems like it is rooted in slow Middle Eastern forms.

Among the other highlights are “Mila’s Dance,” a playful tune composed by Martin and “Oltenilor,” a toe-tapping traditional klezmer tune that I don’t think I’d heard before. Actually, in the hands of Beyond the Pale’s virtuoso musicians, every tune is a highlight.

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