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The Comforts of Home, part 2
01 Apr, 2020 | 1:00:00 |
EN | Ivan Emke | Routes & Branches & Beyond

How are you doing? I mean, really? Are you enjoying being at home a lot these days of C-19 (as the hip people refer to virus)? In hopes that is true, this week on "Routes & Branches & Beyond" I present the second part of "the Comforts of Home" - a series of songs all about, well, home. To prove...
The Comforts of Home, part 1
24 Mar, 2020 | 1:00:00 |
EN | Ivan Emke | Routes & Branches & Beyond

If you, like me, are doing your civic duty these days, and are limiting your physical proximity to other humans, you are likely spending far more time at home than you thought possible. Thus, this week on "Routes & Branches & Beyond," the theme is "the comforts of home." Part one. Because it appears that this may be our new...
Around the Old Peat Fire, Part 2
16 Mar, 2020 | 1:00:00 |
EN | Ivan Emke | Routes & Branches & Beyond

This week on "Routes & Branches & Beyond" we have another Time at the old peat fire, listening to some Irish music, and keeping our social distance as we celebrate at home. I have tunes about bonnets, pullets, fiddle cushions, maids, pipes, petticoats, women in waiting and slight ripoffs of classical composers (which is fair, since they also "borrowed" liberally...
Around the Old Peat Fire, Part 1
11 Mar, 2020 | 1:00:00 |
EN | Ivan Emke | Routes & Branches & Beyond

Today on "Routes & Branches & Beyond," we gather around the Old Peat Fire for a show of Irish music. "But Ivan," you interject, "don't you always play lots of Irish music?" Good point. Fair play. But this time I play even MORE Irish music. Holy Shillelagh! I have rollicking tenor banjos, keening uillean pipes, percussive bouzoukis, throbbing bodhrans, the...
March Rambles
05 Mar, 2020 | 1:00:00 |
EN | Ivan Emke | Routes & Branches & Beyond

This week on "Routes & Branches & Beyond," we head out for a March Ramble. This means a trip through the best CD collection in the Oak Ridges Moraine. I have new old-time music, eyebrow-raising crisp odes to cute insects, a dandy dixieland march to the gallows, blues laments for the disappearance of transcendent passion, jaunty marches from the greenish...
The St. David's Day Welsh Show
27 Feb, 2020 | 1:00:00 |
EN | Ivan Emke | Routes & Branches & Beyond

This week on "Routes & Branches & Beyond," we honour that time of year when Welsh folks go around with daffodills in their lapels and leeks in their hats. Yes, it is a St. David's Day show of music from Wales. There is rippling triple hars, deft accordions, insistent pibgorns, soaring fiddles, crystal-clear voices, polite diddling, jaunty tunes with terpsichorean...
February Rambles
19 Feb, 2020 | 1:00:00 |
EN | Ivan Emke | Routes & Branches & Beyond

This week's show, a set of February rambles, heads out of the blocks with a blast of Irish tunes, each more toe-tappier than the one before it, then settles in to music that gainfully employs the hurdy-gurdy, Irish/Quebec crossovers from a Toronto band (go figure...), a double entendre about eating mass produced pastries while driving, silky kantele playing from rural...
Love, etc.
20 Jan, 2020 | 1:00:00 |
EN | Ivan Emke | Routes & Branches & Beyond

The theme this time is "Love, etc.," in honour of the time of year. Though I do hope that love is with you at all times of the year. To celebrate love, etc., on "Routes & Branches & Beyond," I play some gaelic baroque, cosmopolitan rural banjo, fairy tales of domestic love, insatiable geriatric energy, songs about old lovers played...
January Rambles, #2
17 Jan, 2020 | 1:00:00 |
EN | Ivan Emke | Routes & Branches & Beyond

This week I take the opportunity for another show of "January Rambles," wandering here and there across the roots music globe. I have assertive Scottish pipes, fingerpicking blues as smooth as sweet potato pie, chambergrass for the lowdown highbrows, shimmering harps, protest songs with a hurdy gurdy, bands names after ancient land tenure systems, acid croft tunes about folk police,...
January Rambles, #1
14 Jan, 2020 | 1:00:00 |
EN | Ivan Emke | Routes & Branches & Beyond

This week on Routes & Branches & Beyond, there is a brief break in the weather so we'll go on another north atlantic ramble, with music from more than a half dozen countries. We'll have a blast of Cape Breton tunes, some emigration laments, Irish harp slides, sing-songwriters dripping with conviction, Arabic/Celtic/Spanish pessimism, an old bar song from the AC/DC...
Changes, part two
14 Jan, 2020 | 1:00:00 |
EN | Ivan Emke | Routes & Branches & Beyond

We have one more week of contemplation of change on "Routes & Branches and Beyond" - what a valuable process that can be, and it makes for some good music as well. We celebrate the joys of not sitting around getting moldy with some Canadian old-timey retro, bluegrassified Zeppelin, sincere folk, sprightly mandolins, island carnival music, cowboy songs full of...
Changes, part one
07 Jan, 2020 | 1:00:00 |
EN | Ivan Emke | Routes & Branches & Beyond

This week on "Routes & Branches & Beyond," we consider one of the obsessions of this time of year - change. People think about making changes - great and small, personal and collective, anticipated and unexpected, inward and outward, poetic and awkward, in attitude and in circumstance, reassuring and jarring, looking forward and looking back. To mark this time, I...
Trading in an old year for a new one
31 Dec, 2019 | 1:00:00 |
EN | Ivan Emke | Routes & Branches & Beyond

This week on the Routes & Branches & Beyond show, we are trading in an old year for a new one. And what better instrument to start a new year with, than the banjo?! We go from that strong opening to yearning waltzes, moist-eyed anthems, complicated ballads, twisty trad chestnuts, unexpected pop hits, unrepentant jigs, gospel shouts and terpsichorean tunes....
A world of Christmas
24 Dec, 2019 | 1:00:00 |
EN | Ivan Emke | Routes & Branches & Beyond

This week on Routes & Branches & Beyond, the world comes home for Christmas. I'll play some familiar tunes, in potentially unfamiliar ways. Wandering kings, little papa noels, bellowing angels doing the rumba, naughty mackerels, thoughtful bells, klezmer pagan, Galician lodging blues, barrelhouse polkas and mixed marriage music. Join me.
Christmas Rambles in the Celtic Realm
19 Dec, 2019 | 1:00:00 |
EN | Ivan Emke | Routes & Branches & Beyond

This week join me for some Christmas rambles in the celtic realm, on "Routes & Branches & Beyond." Ancient carols, with difficult-to-pronounce titles, solstice hymns, mummers' jigs on the mouth organ, enchanting ditties of the past, before commercialism and capitalism started to empty the celebration of its transformative power, a Tipps' Eve jig, and even the Nutcracker can't avoid the...
Party Tyme
12 Dec, 2019 | 1:00:00 |
EN | Ivan Emke | Routes & Branches & Beyond

Yes, 'tis the season... for parties. Thus, the focus this week is "Party Tyme" (spelled with a "y" for some class). I have music of, and for, and about, parties. Spooky giant Orkney tunes, questionable garden parties, old-time quilting ballads, tenor-banjo-fuelled party waves from the red clay island, hogmanay trad house, Cape Breton stride fiddle, new age reggae bluegrass positivity,...
Stovepipes and Woodpiles
05 Dec, 2019 | 1:00:00 |
EN | Ivan Emke | Routes & Branches & Beyond

The theme this week on Routes & Branches & Beyond is "Stovepipes and Woodpiles," which are items of importance at this time of year in my hemisphere at least. To help us feel cozy, we have west coast folkfunk dub, great smokey banjos, country tub-thumpers about a paternity question, crooked cape breton fiddle tunes, NL muddy water bluegrass, new traditional...
November Rambles, #2
27 Nov, 2019 | 1:00:00 |
EN | Ivan Emke | Routes & Branches & Beyond

This week, another set of rambles on "Routes & Branches & Beyond." I have reckless Cape Breton slip jigs, untamed bluegrass, fiery fiddles calmed by jazz chordings, early morning kisses with accordions, mystical celtblues, relentless guitars, unleashed mandolins, fast tunes to accompany fast food, a dozen Danish on a mission, Canadian cajun and good old-time flavours. Thirteen tracks in 60...
November Rambles, #1
21 Nov, 2019 | 1:00:00 |
EN | Ivan Emke | Routes & Branches & Beyond

This week on "Routes & Branches & Beyond," we go on some November Rambles around the world of human musical endeavours. We listen to nordcelt progtrad, Yemeni soul and blues, joyous pan-African roots, dark (but enticing) tales of northern life, joyous quebecois, string quartets in Irish pubs, wrenching homages and a very repentant and tamed wild rover. Hear toy pianos,...
Talking Food and the Lure of the Land, and More, with Mark Wilson
20 Nov, 2019 | 0:30:00 |
EN | Ivan Emke | Routes & Branches & Beyond

As the old song puts it, "How ya gonna keep 'em down on the farm, once they've seen Paree [Paris]?" Children who grow up on farms may sometimes try to avoid becoming farmers themselves - but that is often futile. Today we meet with Mark Wilson, vegetable and mushroom grower from Portugal Cove, who was lured back to the land...
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