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Filed Under (Barrie, blog, general, podcamp, podcamptoronto, podcast, Simcoe County) by Sean on October-27-2007

I spoke with Mark Blevis in Boston about his impressions of Podcamp Boston.  Jay Moonah was also on the line from Toronto, and you can hear Bob Goyetche in the background.

Filed Under (blog, general, podcamp, podcamptoronto, podcamptoronto2007, podcast) by Sean on October-27-2007

I can’t be at PodCamp Boston 2 this weekend.  Woe is me.  But I can participate through the magic of the Internets.  I’ve been watching some of the sessions on and participating in the conversation on twitter and on Bill Dey’s chatroom.  I’m also preparing periodic special reports live from Podcamp Boston.  If you are at podcamp and you’d like to give me a brief update, skype ductapeguy.

Here is my first special report from Bob Goyetche of the Bob and AJ Show, Podcasters Across Borders, and the Canadian Podcast Buffet.

Breaking News:  Podcamp Toronto 2008 has been just announced for February 23-24, 2008

Filed Under (blog, for the sake of the song, general, Midland, Ontario, podcast) by Sean on October-13-2007

Linux Caffe

Last weekend I went to Toronto to the Linux Caffe for a workshop on how to use the free, Open Source, Ardour Digital Audio Workstation software. I had high hopes for the workshop which would be attended by linux geek musicians, and I was not disappointed. The facilitator for the workshop, Ben Powers wrote much of the documentation for the ardour project and he knows the program inside and out. One of the other attendees, who introduced himself as Greg, posed many insightful questions which led be to believe that he was likely a very experienced musician. On my way out the building he led me across the road on the corner of Harbord street to see a Bass he had made— out of a light standard. This really has to be seen and heard to be believed so have a listen to this special podcast episode. In the interview, Greg mentioned that he has made and maintains 2 more streetlamp basses: in Kensington Market, and on the Philosophers walk near to the Faculty of Music at the U of T.

My guest next episode is Olivia Duck. As some of you may know, I have several months of For the Sake of the Song scheduled ahead of time in WordPress. I move them around a bit, and for some reason the Olivia Duck show automatically released on October 10 instead of October 20. If you got it early, I hope you enjoyed the episode. Otherwise, look for it to arrive on October 20.

Toronto Street Bass

Filed Under (blog, general, Midland, Simcoe County) by Sean on August-2-2007

When I set up this blog and podcast last winter, I put alot of thought into a descriptive domain name for “my personal brand”  all the good mcgaughey (.com, .net, etc)  names were taken, seansongs was taken, etc…  I settled on my long time nickname and registered

This has led to some confusion with (2 t’s) and with the guy who does the duct tape marketing podcast.  So… today I was googling my name and saw that was available.  I have registered it and redirected it here at  I’m hoping that it will help people find me and my podcasts.

Any comments or ideas?  What’s in a name?

Filed Under (blog, for the sake of the song, general, Midland, music, news, Ontario, podcast, Simcoe County) by Sean on July-18-2007

I’ve been busy this summer recording and editing episodes of For the Sake of the Song. Since Victoria Day Weekend, the family and I have been to four excellent festivals, Twisted Pines Music and Art Festival here in Midland, the Minesing Unplugged Festival in Utopia, Ontario, the Mariposa Folk Festival in Orillia, and the Canturbury Folk Festival in Ingersoll. We hope to get to a couple others later this summer.

This year at Mariposa I was both volunteer and performer. I helped organize the Open Stage and was part of two workshops on the Folkplay stage entitled: My Favorite Children’s Song. On Saturday the sound system was giving us all kinds of trouble, so we walked in front of the stage and performed an acoustic workshop. On Sunday, the sound system was cooperating and we had one of those magical workshops where four individual performers walked on to the stage, but a band walked off. I had the pleasure of sharing the stage with Steve Caston, David Zub, and my friend, Patti Ellis. Musical magic was in the air. We were all playing and providing harmonies on each other’s songs and I think it was as much fun for the musicians as it was for the audience. They also gave us a lovely orange Mariposa Folkplay Performers T-shirt.

My other Mariposa T-shirt says CREW, and I got it for working the Open Stage. My good friend, Jennifer Ives was coordinating this stage and worked along with Ken and Arlene Allen and Olivia Duck. We had a great time and some of the music on the Open Stage rivaled that of the Official performances. Standout performances for me on the open stage included: Olivia Duck, Steve Caston, Pat Clark, The Good Tangerines, and Tom Kremer and Friends.

I also noticed a sadder side of the Open Stage. It was set up in 20 minute sets from 11- 4:30 on both Saturday and Sunday. In order to perform, you just needed to come to the Open Stage and sign up after 10 am on either day. We filled all the slots by 12:30 on each day. Once we were full there was a steady stream of disappointed people coming up to us to ask if there was any more room. Most people were quite polite, but for some there was an undercurrent of desparation and entitlement, that they must play at the open stage. Several people tried sweet talk or pleading, one tried to bribe us (didn’t work), and one young man asked who he should kill to take their spot. I told him that last time somebody tried that the corpse played anyway. There was also an unpleasant incident with someone who was determined to subvert the Open Stage into his own personal showcase stage (don’t ask). I’ve got to a stage as a performer that although I still feel the urge to share my music, if an open stage is full I can sometimes pass on performing for the night. It was a little sad to see the desparation of people to say “I performed at Mariposa”. Perhaps I see things this way because I have had the good fortune to be asked to play at this fine festival about 4 times since it returned to Orillia. But even when we are at other festivals as audience, I no longer feel compelled to sign up for the Open Stages. If the opportunity arises and I’m not listening to one of the other stages, I’m still happy to perform, but I don’t feel the compulsion to “be on the stage” that I witnessed at Mariposa.

The following weekend at the Canturbury Folk Festival in Ingersoll was magical. The whole town of Ingersoll pulls together to put on three days of FREE music and crafts in a beautiful downtown park next to a creek. The site is small enough that our daughter spent the whole weekend on the playground within eysight, while we sat and listened to the show. They had a great lineup of performers from all over Canada and the UK, but with a strong contingent of local performers. Congratulations to Ted Comiskey Artistic Director, and everybody who made the Canturbury Folk Festival such a magical weekend. We will definitely put it on our calendar for next year. I particularly enjoyed the mainstage sets by Tanglefoot, Wendell Ferguson, Ian Thomas, and Laura Vinson. In fact I have a Laura Vinson story to tell you.

As an 11 year old living in Ryley, Alberta, I would look out my window across the prairies, while listening to my Radio Shack Crystal Radio which I built from a kit, and dream of one day having a record or maybe my own radio show.
My parents bought me two presents for my 12th birthday: A Hohner classical guitar (which I still use in my Grade 2 classroom), and tickets to see Laura Vinson and Red Wing at the Holden Theatre (this would be about 1979). I was very excited by her performance, and after the show my mother and I spoke briefly with her. She was very encouraging, and I couldn’t wait to get home to practice my guitar. Alas, I tried to teach myself over the years and was not successful.
Then the guitar made the rounds through my brother, my mother and my sister, before returning to me around the time of my 25th birthday. My present to myself that year was guitar lessons. Over the years I have performed as a folk musician and children’s performer, first with covers and eventually writing enough original material to record a CD in my basement in 2003. About 1-1/2 years ago I started recording public-domain audio books for, which led to producing my current podcasts (on demand Internet audio shows). I am just amazed that now at 39, I have both the record and the radio show, and I recorded them in my own basement! I was thrilled this weekend to sit down with Laura Vinson to record an upcoming episode of For the Sake of the Song.
Be sure to listen throughout August for Twisted August. These will be shows that I recorded at the Twisted Pines Music and Art Festival in Midland on the Victoria Day Weekend.
Release Date:

August 2: A double-header show with interviews with Paul Northcott and Deb Brown of the Twisted Pines Music and Art Festival l, and Nancy Dutra, a fine singer-songwriter from Toronto.
August 9: 6 time CCMA Guitar Player of the Year, jokester and all-round nice guy Wendell Ferguson
August 16: Political punk-folk provocateur Hamell on Trial
August 23: Magoo: Perennial favorite festival host, children’s entertainer and songwriter.

Other Upcoming Shows

July 25: Greg Hobbs
August 30: Luther Wright
September 6: Dan Frechette

Interviews recorded but not yet scheduled: Laura Vinson, Corin Raymond, Mark Blevis, Bob Ardern, David Bradstreet, The Good Tangerines, Peter Judd, Olivia Duck.

This should bring me into November. I’m trying to have shows scheduled up to Christmas by the time school starts in September.

I hope your enjoying the show so far. Feel free to send in requests for potential guests.

Filed Under (blog, for the sake of the song, general, Midland, music, news, Ontario, podcast) by Sean on July-1-2007

Today is Canada’s 140th birthday. (Oh-Oh that means in November I’ll be 40). Anyhow, on May 18 I got a chance to play the Six String Nation Guitar and I interviewed Jowi Taylor about the project, at the Twisted Pines Music Festival. This morning as my family was getting ready to go out to Midland’s Canada Day celebrations, I got a brainwave that the Six String Nation Guitar could be the subject of the patriotic Canadian song I’ve long wanted to write. So, here is Six String Nation my contribution to Canadian patriotism, written on July 1.

Six String Nation

July 1, 2007 © Sean McGaughey


C Am F G

Jowi dreamed of a way to tell our stories

C Am F G

from the humblest moments to a nation’s greatest glories


From sea to sea to sea he crossed our land

F G C G7

Searching for fragments of our past.


George recalls arriving on our shores a refugee

dreaming of a future filled with opportunity,

Fifty years along he took the wood from near and far

Fashioning our nation’s guitar.



F G C C7

We are citizens of the six-string nation

F G C C7

Its song unites us across the generations


From the scoundrels to the saints

C C/B Am

we all belong

F G G7

Oh Canada, this is our song


Oh Canada.


From the dance floor at Handhills Lake, to the seats of Massey Hall

St Boniface Museum, the Forum in Montreal

The Parliament Building, the lighthouse at Cape Grace

It’s part of your heritage. This is Canada.


Henderson, Macdondald, Lucy Maud Montgomery

John Ware, Nancy Green, Trudeau, Wayne Gretzky

Lawren Harris, Joe Lebobe, Jack London, and the Rocket

This special Canada Day episode of For the Sake of the Song consists of me playing the Six String Nation Guitar, my interview with Jowi Taylor, and the debut recording of my new song Six String Nation. Happy Canada Day. (Whew it’s 11:22 pm- I just got this out under the wire).


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

The Duct Tape Song (©1999 S. McGaughey)

Six String Nation (©2007 S. McGaughey)
Sean McGaughey playing the Six String Nation guitar

Filed Under (blog, general, news, Ontario) by Sean on June-28-2007

This morning I noticed on Facebook that Derek Miller’s birthday is coming up.  Derek has had a rough week with bad news on the health front.  Bill Deys and I were chatting about what we could do for Derek’s birthday.  I’ll let him take over from his post. 

Help us wish Derek K. Miller a Happy Birthday

Over IM this morning with Sean McGaughey he pointed out the recently Derek Miller of The Penmachine Podcast has a birthday fast approching! He has also received some news that isn’t so Happy. You can read about it on his blog, he has been amazingly open and honest, but I feel this is not the time or place to get into that in great detail. Anyways in light of all that we want to put togeher a bunch of Happy Birthday and Well Wishes for Derek. We need two things, first is some audio. Say whatever you want, from as simple as “Happy Birthday” or more personal if you choose. Mark Blevis has steped up to take on the task of editing it all together, so send your audio to We would like to keep it short so try and keep comments to 5-10 seconds each. The other thing we need is to get the word out. Twitter it, Blog it, whatever you can do to help. We would like it to be a surprise but it’s not the end of the world if it gets out and we get more response! Check back to this post for update on how it’s going or if there is any new information!

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