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April Rambles #2
16 Apr, 2021 | 1:00:00 |
EN | Ivan Emke | Routes & Branches & Beyond

Today on "Routes & Branches & Beyond" we'll take a ramble through some CD shelves of the past. I play big reels, honest desires, Irish chestnuts, celebrations of the northern woods, Russian klezmer that sound like your grandmother talking, a musical primer on forest management, a short song on the long hours of women's work, curtain-hanging tunes, jazz piano meets...
April Rambles #1
09 Apr, 2021 | 1:00:00 |
EN | Ivan Emke | Routes & Branches & Beyond

There's nothing quite like a brisk ramble on a rainy April day. So this week on "Routes & Branches & Beyond" we start with some Lowland pipes and move through Atlantic angst, western sadness, Old Vermont romanticization, Suffolk nature walks, Arkansas gospel, Irish whiskey from a soap opera star, unlikely covers, a bluesification of folk, and bluegrassification of pop, all...
The April Fool
02 Apr, 2021 | 1:00:00 |
EN | Ivan Emke | Routes & Branches & Beyond

This time out, seeing as it is April Fools Week, the show features songs and tunes that refer to fools, or foolish behaviour. And, oddly enough, a fair percentage of references to being a fool in folk and roots music are related to the shifting dynamics of love. Nevertheless, we forge ahead with music from artists who are nobody's fool...
March Rambles
29 Mar, 2021 | 1:00:00 |
EN | Ivan Emke | Routes & Branches & Beyond

This week on "Routes & Branches & Beyond" I take a ramble through the CD collection and come up with a show with a yaffle of artists who I haven't played on this show before. Humans have made so much music, and there is so little time on a weekly one-hour music show. I have fiddling stepdancers, retrofitted country wailing,...
Paddy in Song & Tune, part 2
18 Mar, 2021 | 1:00:00 |
EN | Ivan Emke | Routes & Branches & Beyond

We spend one more week in contemplation of Paddy's many adventures on this week's "Routes & Branches & Beyond." We meet him when he is feeling rakish, lamentatious, thoughtful, at work on the railway, on the turnpike or the beat, in Town, and even (tangentially) in 1830s Upper Canada during the disindigitization of a finger. Also, a mercifully brief dalliance...
Paddy in Song & Tune, part 1
12 Mar, 2021 | 1:00:00 |
EN | Ivan Emke | Routes & Branches & Beyond

It is that time of year again when we celebrate Patrick, a fellow who was first taken as a slave to Ireland and was eventually adopted as a patron saint by his adopted land. So you see the value of come-from-aways? He is also said to have banished snakes - from a land that didn't have them to start with...
A March-ing Show
05 Mar, 2021 | 1:00:00 |
EN | Ivan Emke | Routes & Branches & Beyond

March - the only month that is a direct command (although May comes close). So, this week on "Routes & Branches & Beyond" I'm focussing on the march - the musical time signature and rhythm. Sure, I expand the boundaries a bit, but that is allowed during a month that includes the beginning of spring. I play marches to celebrate...
A February Rambles
25 Feb, 2021 | 1:00:00 |
EN | Ivan Emke | Routes & Branches & Beyond

Sometimes, a CD will fall off a shelf. You stoop to pick it up, dust it off, take a second look, and then exclaim, "I haven't listened to this in a donkey's age!" Before you know it, you have a radio show of such encounters. This week on "Routes & Branches & Beyond," it is a February ramble. Sinewy Scottish...
Love and all that, part 2
18 Feb, 2021 | 1:00:00 |
EN | Ivan Emke | Routes & Branches & Beyond

This week on "Routes & Branches & Beyond," we take one more hour to listen to songs about love and all that. Songs about love as lottery ("Take a chance on love"), a challenge ("love me or leave me"), a year-round pursuit ("True love knows no season"), its therapeutic value ("Your love brings me around"), a lament ("When you took...
Love and all that, part 1
11 Feb, 2021 | 1:00:00 |
EN | Ivan Emke | Routes & Branches & Beyond

This week's romp on "Routes & Branches & Beyond" takes us to one of the finest places of the human soul with a show called "Love and all that." Sure, it is around the time of year when our capitalist overlords urge us to increase their profits by telling us that the only way to show someone you love them...
Celtic Connections 2021
05 Feb, 2021 | 1:00:00 |
EN | Ivan Emke | Routes & Branches & Beyond

This week on "Routes & Branches & Beyond," I celebrate spending the last couple of weeks attending (virtually) the 2021 Celtic Connections Festival from Glasgow. It is an all-Scottish show, from performers who were at the festival this year. There are sinewy fiddles, jaunty accordions, peripatetic concertinas, pulsing guitars, rippling harps, bouncing basses, subtle synths (the finest kind), plucky mandolins,...
January Rambles, #2
05 Feb, 2021 | 1:00:00 |
EN | Ivan Emke | Routes & Branches & Beyond

This time on "Routes & Branches & Beyond" it is another set of rambles. Starting out with a bracing blast of Cape Breton tunes, we move to an atmospheric folk ode to the land God gave to Cain, a set of Irish accordion slides on the pipes, a capella tales of the sea, multicultural delights from Kosovo, honky-tonk wisdom, a...
January Rambles, #1
28 Jan, 2021 | 1:00:00 |
EN | Ivan Emke | Routes & Branches & Beyond

This week on "Routes & Branches & Beyond" I have a set of January rambles, suited for the occasion. Mississippi blues about a central Ontario river, rafting songs, complex indie folkrock, Covid fiddle projects, tips on foie gras production, power pop about self-realization, Appalachian music from rural China, what would happen if Chet Atkins played with Django Reinhart, an American...
January Rambles, #1
21 Jan, 2021 | 1:00:00 |
EN | Ivan Emke | Routes & Branches & Beyond

This week on the show, one more dip into the body of songs and tunes about "new" - new post offices, barn dances, cheaters' promises, souls, copper plates, songs, rigged ships, burying grounds and even new car smells. From artists like John Doyle, the Saw Doctors, De Dannan, the Holmes Brothers, Burning Bridget Cleary, Edward II, the Duhks, the Lonnie...
Songs of new, episode 2
16 Jan, 2021 | 1:00:00 |
EN | Ivan Emke | Routes & Branches & Beyond

This time out on "Routes & Branches & Beyond," we have more music about new - though most of it was recorded awhile back and written or collected much earlier. But that is how it goes. Songs about new years, new lands, new songs, new dances, new plans, new bells, new moons, even new hats. From folks like Arnie Naiman,...
Songs of new, episode 1
14 Jan, 2021 | 1:00:00 |
EN | Ivan Emke | Routes & Branches & Beyond

The dutiful consumer that you are, you know how it is with old things - once used up, we throw 'em out & bring in the new, or at least the "new-to-you." Today we do that same exercise, playing a bunch of tracks that have "new" as a theme. Join me for things new, whether they be a morning, a...
Familiar Music for an Unfamiliar Year, # 2
24 Dec, 2020 | 1:00:00 |
EN | Ivan Emke | Routes & Branches & Beyond

Just in case you've made it to this point in the year and still haven't heard enough cool versions of Christmas and seasonal songs quite yet, you're in luck. This week Routes & Branches & Beyond has Kings and cherry trees and dances and lights and wonder and Ivy and hope, peace, joy & love. All offered by groups such...
Low Context Christmas for 2020, Episode 2
22 Dec, 2020 | 1:00:00 |
EN | Ivan Emke | Routes & Branches & Beyond

I may be off base here, but I suspect that that the three kings or wisemen or astrologers or magi or whatever they were back in the day, didn't offer gifts of Gold and Frankincense and Myrrh to the Child of the Manger, but rather gifts of Irish Jigs and Four-Part Harmony and Wild Bluegrass Played With Abandon. So, in...
Low Context Christmas for 2020, Episode 1
22 Dec, 2020 | 1:00:00 |
EN | Ivan Emke | Routes & Branches & Beyond

In case you need a bit more of a Christmas/holiday playlist, but you don't need all of the talking (or "context") of a usual Routes & Branches & Beyond show, here is a low-context Christmas show. Still lots of frost and wassail and carols and bells and even the angel Santa... or was that Gabriel... I get so mixed up...
Familiar Music for an Unfamiliar Year, # 1
16 Dec, 2020 | 1:00:00 |
EN | Ivan Emke | Routes & Branches & Beyond

This week on "Routes & Branches & Beyond" I'm playing some familiar music for an unfamiliar year. It will be a show of seasonal music from the likes of Jethro Tull, Earl Scruggs, JP Cormier, Blue Rodeo, Professor Chalaupka's Celebrated Singing School, Hart Rouge, Mighty Blue Kinds, Saffie, Maddy Prior, the Good Lovelies, Dwight Yoakam, Rant Maggie Rant, Berroguetto and...
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