Archive for November, 2007

Filed Under (blog, for the sake of the song, Midland, music, Ontario, podcast) by Sean on November-29-2007

Bob Snider

My guest today is the respected Canadian folk icon, Bob Snider. Bob is a fingerstyle guitarist, songwriter, and poet who has all the musicians at a festival running across the field to catch his set. Over the past 20 years, he has released 7 of his own albums and appeared on countless compilations. There has also been a tribute album made of his songs. He has written two books on Gaspereau Press: On Songwriting and On Performance. His new CD on Borealis Records is called A Maze In Greys.


Theme Music: For the Sake of the Song (©2003 S. McGaughey)

Darn Folksinger ( © Bob Snider)
Greetings as I leave ( © Bob Snider )

Namedropping (Links discussed in this episode)

Bob Snider Website

Gaspereau Press: On Songwriting and On Performance

Bob Snider on Borealis Records

Filed Under (blog) by Sean on November-28-2007

Just to let you know that my hosting provider is moving servers, so this site will be down for about 8 hours starting at 10pmPST Friday November 30. It should be up again sometime Saturday morning (They are saying about 8 hours for the move).

Filed Under (blog, for the sake of the song, Midland, news, Ontario) by Sean on November-21-2007

The Edmonton Journal ran a weekly comic in the Mid 1980’s called Bub Slug. It’s authors eventually spun it off into a successful syndicated cartoon called Betty. In one memorable episode (at least I still remember it 20 years later), Bub and Betty came into some money and joined the Edmonton Cultural Society. The women of the cultural society were raising money to traslate Cats and 42nd Street into Italian, so as to make them cultural.

Today, Culture Canada launched to showcase Canadian culture in podcast form. My friends Hugh McGuire and Chris Goringe from Librivox were active behind the scenes setting this up. I’m not sure that it differs substantially in content from the amazing Canadian Podcast Directory at, but it is really neat to see my podcast and my picture featured on an official Government of Canada website.

That seals it. For the Sake of the Song is officially a Canadian Cultural Experience. Sort of like Tim Hortons and Beaver Tails I guess.

Edit: The folks at the Canadian Cultural Podcast Directory sent me a nifty badge to add to my site. WooHoo double affirmations that I am cultural.<br /> Canadian Cultural Podcast Directory

Filed Under (for the sake of the song, Midland, music, Ontario, podcast) by Sean on November-19-2007

Bob Ardern

My guest today is my friend, Bob Ardern who I first met at Don’s Coffeehouse about 8 years ago. Bob is a fine fingerstyle guitarist and songwriter. He has released 4 CDs: two solo albums and two with Jennifer Ives as Don’t Panic. Bob has recently moved to Lunenberg, Nova Scotia. We will be miss him.


Theme Music: For the Sake of the Song (©2003 S. McGaughey)

Getting Away ( © Bob Ardern)

Eleanor of Aquaitaine( © Bob Ardern )

Namedropping (Links discussed in this episode)

Bob Ardern Website

Don’t Panic Website

Filed Under (for the sake of the song, Midland, music, Ontario, podcast, Simcoe County) by Sean on November-10-2007

David Bradstreet

Photo ©Jesse Bradstreet

David Bradstreet is a veteran of the Canadian Music scene. For over thirty years, he has performed as a solo artist, as part of the band Lazarus, and as a producer and sound engineer. Here’s a brief bio from his website:

DAVID BRADSTREET is best known for his song ”Renaissance” (“Let’s Dance That Old Dance Once More”) – a hit for Canadian icon, Valdy. He has been recognized for his work as a singer/songwriter, composer and producer, nineteen albums bearing his name; a high profile Juno Award early in his career; three subsequent Juno nominations and music credits including a Gemini nomination; film and television soundtracks and scoring; talent discovery and record production for numerous artists from Jane Siberry to Colleen Peterson. He has toured extensively and is a veteran of many coffeehouses, concert halls and folk festivals.

David Bradstreet’s newest acoustic release, Lifelines, released June 27, 2006, was recorded live-off-the-floor (vocal, guitars and bass) in three days at Ray Montford‘s Soundhole Studio in Toronto, Canada with Jason Fowler and David Woodhead. Only some guitar overdubs and background vocals were added. As well as his own original compositions, this release includes songs that he has co-written with Robert Priest, Rob Lamothe and Jason Fowler. “Such a Fool”, a song by Billie Hughes, is also included.

I sat down with David at the Mariposa Folk Festival to talk about his career and songwriting.



Theme Music: For the Sake of the Song (©2003 S. McGaughey)

Long Time Ago ( © David Bradstreet)
Namedropping (Links discussed in this episode)

David Bradstreet Website David’s music therapy recordings