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Leftovers
13 Jun, 2019 | 1:00:00 |
EN | Ivan Emke | Routes & Branches & Beyond

This week on "Routes & Branches & Beyond" I feature "leftovers" - tracks that I prepared for previous shows, but didn't have time to play. And, just like with food, sometimes meals made up of leftovers are the finest cuisine on the go. So we end up with a mix of music with helpful titles like "Jigs for the Gangly...
From the VOBB Vaults, Episode 2
05 Jun, 2019 | 1:00:00 |
EN | Ivan Emke | Routes & Branches & Beyond

Deep in the dark hallways of the old Cottage Hospital in Norris Point, where Voice of Bonne Bay(VOBB) lives, one can find incredible delights. To prove it to you, this is the second of two shows that I'm calling "From the VOBB Vaults." These are assorted CD tracks that I found while I was staying in the old Cottage Hospital...
From the VOBB Vaults, Episode 1
29 May, 2019 | 1:00:00 |
EN | Ivan Emke | Routes & Branches & Beyond

Deep in the dark hallways of the old Cottage Hospital in Norris Point, where Voice of Bonne Bay(VOBB) lives, one can find incredible delights. To prove it to you, I'm doing a couple of shows I'm calling "From the VOBB Vaults." These are assorted CD tracks that I found while I was staying in the old Cottage Hospital for a...
New Release Double Plays
29 May, 2019 | 1:00:00 |
EN | Ivan Emke | Routes & Branches & Beyond

I'm calling the show this week "New Release Double-Plays." I have a half dozen new releases, and I'll play two tracks from each. Not because I'm too lazy to find a dozen entirely different artists, mind you, but because I think it will give you a better sense of what these artists sound like. Honest. Highly charged free-reed abandon from...
To Honour Victoria, and All Queens Everywhere
29 May, 2019 | 1:00:00 |
EN | Ivan Emke | Routes & Branches & Beyond

Since we are currently hovering somewhere around the long weekend in May (depending on when you read this), I'm devoting a show to Queen Victoria, whose birthday gave us this late spring holiday weekend. I guess that the "divine right" of monarchs to rule over us gave us one thing at least...! But the show is more democratic, given the...
A Visit to Australia Through Music
08 May, 2019 | 1:00:00 |
EN | Ivan Emke | Routes & Branches & Beyond

This week we head to the other side of the world - Australia. Of course, if you are in Australia, you will think that I am on the other side of the world. That's the beauty of perspective. I devote the show to a pile of music about flying piemen, the exploits of Ned Kelly, sheep shearing, bushland boogies and...
Tell me lies and feed me candy: celebrating election season
02 May, 2019 | 1:00:00 |
EN | Ivan Emke | Routes & Branches & Beyond

This week, in honour of a number of provincial elections just completed, and one upcoming, I have a show called "Tell us lies and feed us candy: celebrating election season." Note the colon in the title, giving the show the academic pedigree that it needs to be credible... Music about indecision, promised lands, perfect politicians and hope. By artists like...
Look What I Found!
24 Apr, 2019 | 1:00:00 |
EN | Ivan Emke | Routes & Branches & Beyond

I call this show "Look what I found!" In the occasional process of cleaning off shelves, and distributing papers on a table, here are some of the items I've uncovered. Kind of like modern archaeology. Come-from-away fiddles, bluegrass harmonicas, French versions of Dylan, resurrections of old classics, impossible guitar licks, even a bit of Irish-Quebecois.
Easter and Beyond
17 Apr, 2019 | 1:00:00 |
EN | Ivan Emke | Routes & Branches & Beyond

This week the show is called "Easter and Beyond." But really, it should be called "the Rabbit and Chocolate Show." Indeed, I spend most of the time playing songs and tunes about these celebrated symbols of this time of year. But no songs about chocolate rabbits, alas. Music from Cape Breton, Scotland, Newfoundland & Labrador, Australia, Appalachia, Louisiana, and even...
Spring Cleaning on my CD Shelves
10 Apr, 2019 | 1:00:00 |
EN | Ivan Emke | Routes & Branches & Beyond

Today on Routes & Branches & Beyond I do some spring cleaning on my CD shelves. In the spirit of our culture's annual cleansing ritual, I look through some of my piles of CDs and play a few before they get filed. Some Central Ontario twangers, old-timey appalachian, Malian blues, Spanish bagpipes, classic Canadian 60s pop, and Toronto celtic rock.
New Releases for a New Season
02 Apr, 2019 | 1:00:00 |
EN | Ivan Emke | Routes & Branches & Beyond

This week, it is "new releases for a new season." I play a batch of some recent releases from household names like Farsan, Cuig, Leyla McCalla, Le Vent du Nord and Mandolin Orange. Oh, and a few obscure musicians like Mark Knopfler and Johnny Clegg, just to give them a chance to enjoy the spotlight for a bit. And a...
The Emerald Isle, Part 2
20 Mar, 2019 | 1:00:00 |
EN | Ivan Emke | Routes & Branches & Beyond

I devote one more show to focus on the music of Ireland, just in case you were distracted, or otherwise occupied, and missed the flurry of jigs and reels that overflowed in our mainstream culture over the past week or so. But I play more than just the fiddles and accordions. There's also a bit of Irish reggae, some Irish...
The Emerald Isle Part 1
16 Mar, 2019 | 1:00:00 |
EN | Ivan Emke | Routes & Branches & Beyond

This is the first of two shows that celebrate the Emerald Isle, around the time of its annual celebration (which is marked worldwide by a rather dubious symbol - the selling of green beer). Some experimental gaelic poems set to music, some crossover celtic jazz, some heart-wrenching songs about a home never to be seen again and lots of diddley-diddley...
Stayin' Home (Canadian tracks)
07 Mar, 2019 | 1:00:00 |
EN | Ivan Emke | Routes & Branches & Beyond

This time out, we stay in (if that makes any sense). The show is called "Stayin' Home," and I play a pile of Canadian releases from days gone by, as well as one that hasn't even been officially released yet. There's also a set of tracks from the Cape Breton Celtic Colours festival and a Lennie Gallant song that just...
Marches for March Month
28 Feb, 2019 | 1:00:00 |
EN | Ivan Emke | Routes & Branches & Beyond

This time out, we celebrate the only month that is also a popular time signature in music - March! I play a variety of marches, from nordic and morris and brass-influenced marches to Mancini-esque Scottish tracks and song about the march of prohibition. Just the average show...
Music for a stormy day... or week... or month
18 Feb, 2019 | 1:00:00 |
EN | Ivan Emke | Routes & Branches & Beyond

This week, the show is called "Music for a stormy day... or week... or month." Some of you in this hemisphere have been coping with some weather lately, and occasionally you get a storm coming through. So, I'm playing a selection of tunes and songs that have "storm" in the title. That may sound like a weak justification for a...
Love and all that cozy stuff
14 Feb, 2019 | 1:00:00 |
EN | Ivan Emke | Routes & Branches & Beyond

This week, in honour of the time of year, the show is called "love and all that cozy stuff." I play some dandy love songs and tunes from Ireland, England, America and Chester, Nova Scotia. Jazz standards, kids songs, Zydeco-Motown crossovers, and a few songs about love gone awry. Human emotions are complex, aren't they?
Stayin' close to home, volume 1
06 Feb, 2019 | 1:00:00 |
EN | Ivan Emke | Routes & Branches & Beyond

For this show, we stay at home - and listen to music from Canada because it is great music (and it helps in boosting our Cancon percentages). A prairie boy sings about St. John's, the Shuffle Demons get us ready for upcoming elections with their song "Pavin' my road," music from icons like J.P. Cormier and Ian Tamblyn, and Paul...
Classic Nederfolk
27 Jan, 2019 | 1:00:00 |
EN | Ivan Emke | Routes & Branches & Beyond

This show we focus on some classic material from the 1970s and 1980s in the folk and folk-rock genre... from the Netherlands. I play bands with household names like Fungus, Dommelvolk, Perelaar, Folkcorn, Interweave and King's Galliard. And I top it off with a trio of more recent world-roots releases from the Netherlands, featuring a tango master, a wonderful singer...
The Land of Cheese and Bicycles - Denmark
23 Jan, 2019 | 1:00:00 |
EN | Ivan Emke | Routes & Branches & Beyond

This time on Routes & Branches and Beyond, we head to the land of cheese and bicycles - Denmark. I play a mix of Danish folk and roots based music, with lots of sonderhonings and hopsas, a bit of jazz and world music and ska and big band, and some Nordic noir heavy folk to raise the hairs on the...
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