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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...
New Releases for an old month
24 Sep, 2019 | 1:00:00 |
EN | Ivan Emke | Routes & Branches & Beyond

This week on "Routes & Branches & Beyond" I'm showcasing some new releases. We have the deep atmosphere of the smallpipes, a traditional lament for poachers who are severely treated, songs of the dystopian past, soundtracks for odd European art films, Cape Breton export-ready musical abandon, a blues ode to night nurses, sizzling mbira playing, questionable recipes for Christmas cake,...
Using Random Number Generation to Celebrate Show #100
18 Sep, 2019 | 1:00:00 |
EN | Ivan Emke | Routes & Branches & Beyond

This week on "Routes & Branches & Beyond," we celebrate our 100th show. Thus, I used a random number generator to derive the tracks I should play - all chosen from the early shows in this series. So, you see, machine logic loves Icelandic motown reggae, heartstring-tuggers whale fat rendering chanties, nordic trad jazz, century choirs, dancing cats, modern day...
Summer Rambles, #10
13 Sep, 2019 | 1:00:00 |
EN | Ivan Emke | Routes & Branches & Beyond

This week on "Routes & Branches & Beyond" we finish up with the last of our summer rambles, with songs that feature mid-life angst, metaphoric warnings about men, spicy Cajun complaints, thirsty warnings about alcohol, songs of a controlled substance (cod liver oil), an ode to Canuck canines of fame, Quebecois jazz-trad, peripatetic concertinas on speed and Hebridean piano-harp bebop....
Summer Rambles, #9
05 Sep, 2019 | 1:00:00 |
EN | Ivan Emke | Routes & Branches & Beyond

This week on "Routes & Branches & Beyond," another set of summer rambles through rambunctious balkan folk, frenetic punk polka, gypsy swing mash-ups with a side of ukulele, gaelic celtic pagan spirituality stuff, songs of traditional methods for the annual credit negotiations in the fishery, the tangled choices one makes at major highway intersections, complaining to the saints, ethereal movie...
Summer Rambles, #8
28 Aug, 2019 | 1:00:00 |
EN | Ivan Emke | Routes & Branches & Beyond

This time out "Routes & Branches & Beyond" has the usual mix of outlaw folk, fairy dances, bagpipe-driven pub songs, wide-open bluegrass, auction barn nostalgia, flea market love, sacred harps, carnival lights, country kids and a downpour of heavenly partiness. All with classic titles like "Ooh Wah Baby" and "Hold my false teeth (and I'll show you how to dance)."...
Summer Rambles, #7
14 Aug, 2019 | 1:00:00 |
EN | Ivan Emke | Routes & Branches & Beyond

"Routes & Branches & Beyond" continues its summer rambles with a show of songs about pretty things - horses, girls, men and retailers, percussive suitcases, elephants on the Highlands, the Serbian wall-of-trumpets sound, old Beatles and Young'uns, butter and snow, koras and guitars, songs that can sing souls back home, and the Great Shetland Fiddle. As you can see, something...
Summer Rambles, #6
14 Aug, 2019 | 1:00:00 |
EN | Ivan Emke | Routes & Branches & Beyond

This week on "Routes & Branches & Beyond" we continue our summer rambles with dazzling Scottish-German guitar duos, anthemic folk rock, Anglo-Australian fancies, lullabies about Herring, ethereal trios with classic folk-rock chestnuts, foggy bluegrass, Cuban trad, songs of lovers (both fair and foul), tunes of civil war and constitutional breakdowns, advanced didgeridoo techniques, tunes to celebrate comings and (especially) goings,...
Summer Rambles, #5
08 Aug, 2019 | 1:00:00 |
EN | Ivan Emke | Routes & Branches & Beyond

"Routes & Branches & Beyond" continues its summer rambles with ethereal Irish marches, flamenco covers of old Dylan classics, twisting Breton tunes on the hammered dulcimer, Canadian-Malian odes to the joys of bikes, Farmer's Market bluegrass, Quebecois a capella trad singing, alt-rural music about ways to decay, swirling celtic neo-pagan inspiration, songs of wry-but-wise sextons, new bands who are too...
Summer Rambles, #4
01 Aug, 2019 | 0:59:59 |
EN | Ivan Emke | Routes & Branches & Beyond

This week on "Routes & Branches & Beyond" I have more summer rambles with cosmic celtic banjos, re-imagined appalachian chestnuts, hoedowns for legendary fiddlers and bright Scottish swing about industrial wastelands. There are songs of indifference (and difference) about dashing fencing masters, small fish in tins, hard-living authors, old farmers not doing well, root vegetables and maggoty fish. New music...
Summer Rambles, #3
24 Jul, 2019 | 1:00:00 |
EN | Ivan Emke | Routes & Branches & Beyond

This time on "Routes & Branches & Beyond" we continue our summer rambles, with new releases from Thom Ashworth, James Hill & Anne Janelle, and Tim Baker. And the usual mix of Gaelic tweed-working songs, Zulu-celtic celebrations of the good times past, nostalgic anthems about Newfoundland, uke-driven summer laziness, trad songs about the hard side of life, atmospheric, rootsy condemnations...
Summer Rambles, #2
18 Jul, 2019 | 1:00:00 |
EN | Ivan Emke | Routes & Branches & Beyond

Today on "Routes & Branches & Beyond" we continue our summer rambles, to fit the open moods of the season. We start with some monster Cape Breton piano and tenor banjo and move to bluegrassified Gordon Lightfoot, classic banjo (there is such a thing), Haitian kreyol from Montreal, Cuban son from France, alt-folk from Ferney (BC), Gaelic funk, Brit folk-pop,...
Summer Rambles, #1
11 Jul, 2019 | 1:00:00 |
EN | Ivan Emke | Routes & Branches & Beyond

In honour of the season of glorious hikes and explorations that we're in at the moment, the show this week is called "Summer Rambles." The typical mix with Irish soul, appalachian roots, Canadian blues about Alberta, sea shanties, Quebec gardening songs, Malian rock about agriculture and economic development, Irish-African crossovers, a nod to Mrs. Hooligan's Christmas Cake and a Full...
My Canada Includes These, part 2
04 Jul, 2019 | 1:00:00 |
EN | Ivan Emke | Routes & Branches & Beyond

This time on "Routes & Branches & Beyond," it is the second episode of "My Canada Includes These," where I feature Canadian artists who I have not yet had a chance to play on the show. Songs of love, redemption and intransigence, from duos, trios, quartets and honkin'-big bands. Join me for appalachian bog-trotting and stringbending, traditional Breton tunes (from...
My Canada Includes These, part 1
28 Jun, 2019 | 1:00:00 |
EN | Ivan Emke | Routes & Branches & Beyond

This week on "Routes & Branches & Beyond," I play a set of tracks from Canadian artists that I have never played on this show before. I call the show "My Canada Includes These," and it illustrates the wide diversity of fine music out there that is a part of the rich tapestry of Canada. We'll hear piano-driven Cape Breton...
Approaching Summer
20 Jun, 2019 | 1:00:00 |
EN | Ivan Emke | Routes & Branches & Beyond

This week on Routes & Branches & Beyond,I play a set of tracks that relate to our time of year. I call it "approaching summer." It includes Helsinki hoedowns, French salsa covers of one-hit wonders, Bahamian boat-launching songs, Brazilian bossa nova luminaries, dreamy Canadian blues-roots about summer Sunday nights, Latvian pagan fertility festival celebrations and timeless songs about the summer...
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...
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