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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...
Celebrating Light - Despite the Shortening of Days
14 Nov, 2019 | 1:00:00 |
EN | Ivan Emke | Routes & Branches & Beyond

This week on "Routes & Branches & Beyond," we are keeping our spirits bright with a show called "Celebrating Light - Despite the Shortening of Days." I play tracks related to light, including Scottish rhythm & swing, Gaelic tweed-working songs, Irish celtgrass, Russo-Finnish P&R (Polka 'n Roll), classical art-country, Belizean-Canadian worldbeat, playful syncopated choro from Brazil via the UK, old...
Bonfires and Beyond
06 Nov, 2019 | 1:00:00 |
EN | Ivan Emke | Routes & Branches & Beyond

This week on the show, we focus on "Bonfires and Beyond," in recognition that this is the time of year in northern hemispheres where such things become great comfort. As for the music, I play big folk band mayhem, sprightly clarinettish tunes from Cornwall, modern Irish protest anthems, soothing campfire tunes for the shores of a brooding lake, delightful skipping...
Honouring the Spirits
30 Oct, 2019 | 1:00:00 |
EN | Ivan Emke | Routes & Branches & Beyond

Given the time of the year at the moment in the land where I live, I am focussing on "Honouring the Spirits." I play songs and tunes that refer to that ethereal dimension. I have piano-driven Irish soul, exhibitionist celtic pagan spirituality, Hebridean progressive trad, Oxfordian dance abandonment, a classic from the days when gospel met psychadelic rock and had...
The October Rambles
22 Oct, 2019 | 1:00:00 |
EN | Ivan Emke | Routes & Branches & Beyond

This time out, on "Routes & Branches & Beyond," we have a stirring Wurlitzer-driven spiritual chestnut, a joyous pan-African song from Canada, a newly-minted but soon-to-be-considered-trad song from NL, languid reflections on mountain trails, explorations of Afro-American banjo traditions, celtic reggae evolutions, supergroup ruminations, Austro-Caledonian tune sets, feather-fingered guitar, and medieval Danish mouthbow fusion. All in an hour. No more....
Songs of Turkey and Pumpkins... and Beyond
15 Oct, 2019 | 1:00:00 |
EN | Ivan Emke | Routes & Branches & Beyond

This week on "Routes & Branches & Beyond," we acknowledge the season with a show called "Songs of Turkey and Pumpkins... and Beyond." I have tunes for turkeys (the bird) that are blythesome, with an Irish swagger, or a gypsy jazz finish. I have tracks from Turkey (the country), including a band whose members have been arrested over 400 times...
The Delights of Meetings
09 Oct, 2019 | 1:00:00 |
EN | Ivan Emke | Routes & Branches & Beyond

I just got back from a week-long conference, and was wondering if celtic and roots music has a lot to say about conventions? Well, no. But that didn't stop me, alas. So the latest episode of "Routes & Branches & Beyond" is a show that celebrates "the Delights of Meetings." We have mystical tunes of goodwill from war zones, Scottish...
Embracing Autumn
01 Oct, 2019 | 1:00:00 |
EN | Ivan Emke | Routes & Branches & Beyond

This week on "Routes & Branches & Beyond," I focus on "embracing autumn." Finally, that wonderful season of the year that invigorates all as we gather the bounty of another harvest. (Or, if you are below the equator, you prepare to plant for another season.) The usual mix - a flurry of session tunes with curious titles, smooth jazzy roots...
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