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Time: Episode # 2
19 Nov, 2020 | 1:00:00 |
EN | Ivan Emke | Routes & Branches & Beyond

This week on "Routes & Branches & Beyond" we take a moment out to celebrate... time. Good time, old time, hard time, a little more time, any old time, old before our time, doing our time, new time, even tea time. With artists like We Banjo 3, Steeleye Span, House of Doc, the Western Swing Authority, Shelley Posen, Annie Lou,...
Time: Episode # 1
12 Nov, 2020 | 1:00:00 |
EN | Ivan Emke | Routes & Branches & Beyond

This week on Routes & Branches & Beyond we start to take a look at that thing that seems to be expanding these days - not our waists, but time. Yes, time. That thing that either whips by quickly or drags on. To help in this theme, I play some bluegrass from Barcelona, tender love ballads of times that stop...
Early November Rambles
05 Nov, 2020 | 1:00:00 |
EN | Ivan Emke | Routes & Branches & Beyond

This week on "Routes & Branches & Beyond," we do some rambling... some purposeful rambling, not senseless rambling (there's plenty of that on our news feeds these days....). I have tongue-twisting Welsh tunes, ballads of death in action, not your grandparents' version of 'Star of the County Down,' the Holy Ghost's role as a building inspector, heavy metal Irish trad,...
The Cardinal Directions: North, Part 4
29 Oct, 2020 | 1:00:00 |
EN | Ivan Emke | Routes & Branches & Beyond

On "Routes & Branches & Beyond" we take one last wistful look at the romance of the north, with tender northern Ontario ballads about southern ignorance, warnings about the lure and the dangers of the North Sea Herring fishery, the homesick nostalgia of a northern maid, the clarity of northern lights, suffering amidst beauty, how the postal code of the...
The Cardinal Directions: North, Part 3
22 Oct, 2020 | 1:00:00 |
EN | Ivan Emke | Routes & Branches & Beyond

Put on your sweater and boots and head out with me on "Routes & Branches & Beyond" for another celebration of North. We head out with a Northern March, then some blackfly blues, a view of the Atlantic from Labrador, a celtic song of emigration (just the one), following the north star to freedom, an ode to a hapless northern...
October Rambles #2
15 Oct, 2020 | 1:00:00 |
EN | Ivan Emke | Routes & Branches & Beyond

In the fall, there is nothing like a good ramble. So this week on "Routes & Branches & Beyond," we head out for a virtual ramble - with a soundtrack. We start with some power reels, then a dash of mystical Irish spirituality, a song about one of Canada's cringe-worthy moments, a gaelic milking ditty, delta blues on the banjo,...
October Rambles #1
07 Oct, 2020 | 1:00:00 |
EN | Ivan Emke | Routes & Branches & Beyond

This week on "Routes & Branches & Beyond" I take you on some October Rambles. It is a meandering path, from Shetland tunes about ship rigging and late sleeping, to a classic Canadian song of exile, jaw harps and berimbaus and guiros for peace, a Latin tune for strolling in sub-zero temperatures, folk 'n roll from the vanguard of the...
Covid Cancellations, # 4
01 Oct, 2020 | 1:00:00 |
EN | Ivan Emke | Routes & Branches & Beyond

This week on "Routes & Branches & Beyond" I offer the fourth of my "Covid Cancellations" shows. These are artists that I'd planned to see live over the summer, but something got in the way. But to be clear - I'm not bitter. We still have their music to listen to during these interstitial times. So sit down with someone...
Cardinal Directions: North #2
24 Sep, 2020 | 1:00:00 |
EN | Ivan Emke | Routes & Branches & Beyond

This week on "Routes & Branches & Beyond," we get out of the stale air of the city and head for the rarefied breezes of the north. (I'm not quite sure what "rarefied" means, but it sounds impressive.) To help with this transition, we listen to the gravitas of baroque trad, a ballad for the most persistent of northern flies,...
Cardinal Directions: North #1
17 Sep, 2020 | 1:00:00 |
EN | Ivan Emke | Routes & Branches & Beyond

This week on "Routes & Branches & Beyond" we return to the series on the four points of the compass. And I have left my favourite cardinal direction until the last - North. I have the usual mix of jigs and songs and things in between, featuring Liz Carroll & John Doyle, Wendell Ferguson, Ian Tamblyn, The Easy Club, The...
September Rambles Two
11 Sep, 2020 | 1:00:00 |
EN | Ivan Emke | Routes & Branches & Beyond

This week on "Routes & Branches & Beyond" I have another set of rambles as we enter the transition from summer to fall. I start out with Zydeco blues, then rant on about the desecration of rural Canada (where the professionalization of development has led to ever-more-dismal buildings and communities) - supported by a modern bluegrass lament, then on to...
September Rambles One
03 Sep, 2020 | 1:00:00 |
EN | Ivan Emke | Routes & Branches & Beyond

This week on "Routes & Branches & Beyond," I am freed from the tyranny of a theme. Instead, I play a bunch of tracks that have been rattling around in my CD players lately. I start with set of tunes that illustrates what Morris Dancing would have sounded like if it had been invented in Jamaica, then on to a...
Covid Cancellations, # 3
27 Aug, 2020 | 1:00:00 |
EN | Ivan Emke | Routes & Branches & Beyond

Today on "Routes & Branches & Beyond," I have "Covid Cancellations, volume 3" - another show with artists that I was going to see live this summer, but events overtook us all. A set of joy and melancholy, hope and uncertainty, simplicity and complexity - kind of like life itself. I have yearning jigs, begging ballands, hot young bands and...
The August Rambles
18 Aug, 2020 | 1:00:00 |
EN | Ivan Emke | Routes & Branches & Beyond

This week on "Routes & Branches & Beyond" we have a set of physically-distanced rambles. Kick off your shoes, trade your Oxford button-down for a T-shirt, loosen your mask, and join me. We have cross-cultural encounters with accordions and fiddles, a Quebecois classic from a Scottish-Latvian singer from Alberta, a Canadian reggae rendition of a British chestnut, Black Sabbath meets...
The Cardinal Directions: East, part 3
13 Aug, 2020 | 1:00:00 |
EN | Ivan Emke | Routes & Branches & Beyond

This week on "Routes & Branches & Beyond" we have one more trip to the east for a show of tracks with at least some tangential relationship to that cardinal direction. We end up with tenor banjo-driven island tunes, folk pioneers, tight mountain harmonies, frenetic contra dance pieces, down east trad pop hooks, polkas from a notable steerage band, Tuvan...
The Cardinal Directions: East, part 2
06 Aug, 2020 | 1:00:00 |
EN | Ivan Emke | Routes & Branches & Beyond

The beauty of a direction like east is that, wherever you are, you can always go even further east (which is not true of directions like south or north). This week on "Routes & Branches & Beyond" we celebrate East with another show of songs with some tangential relationship to that cardinal direction. You will hear County Clare concertinas, tasty...
The Cardinal Directions: East, part 1
29 Jul, 2020 | 1:00:00 |
EN | Ivan Emke | Routes & Branches & Beyond

This week on "Routes & Branches & Beyond," instead of trying to go in all directions at once, we simply head east. There we encounter Irish Balkan/Belgian odes to vindaloo, East Virginia blues from a ramblin' icon, chilly eastern gales, grand a capella laments about going east for the winter, scary fiddle tunes about Scottish witches, big band rockabilly abandon,...
The July Rambles
24 Jul, 2020 | 1:00:00 |
EN | Ivan Emke | Routes & Branches & Beyond

This week on "Routes & Branches & Beyond" I have a set of July Rambles for the occasion - a bunch of CDs that I've been playing over the past weeks. Symphonic fiddle tunes, ethereal Irish laments, fiery mandolins in honour of Gypsy jazz, harp tangos to calm your frantic minds, Acadian jam bands, sprightly Norwegian hardanger hoedowns, spring carols...
The Cardinal Directions: South, part 3
16 Jul, 2020 | 1:00:00 |
EN | Ivan Emke | Routes & Branches & Beyond

On this episode of "Routes & Branches & Beyond" we head south one more time to listen to a set of tracks which include some tangential reference to that Cardinal Direction. There will be speed-folk about Australia (from Germany), rousing sea shanties (is there any other kind?), a yaffle of NL accordion tunes, stride piano and swing fiddle explaining what...
The Cardinal Directions: South, part 2
09 Jul, 2020 | 1:00:00 |
EN | Ivan Emke | Routes & Branches & Beyond

This week on "Routes & Branches & Beyond," we challenge that old adage that "what happens in the south, stays in the south." Instead, we head dead south and haul back all manner of things, including Scottish southern angels, times of great remembering, enchanting waltzes from ambiguous border areas, southern jazz parades, complex Irish tunes in 11/8 timing, a Black...
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