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Tuesday, 31 March 2020 14:27

Mike Tod

Written by les siemieniuk
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Calgary-based podcaster delves deep into the history of Canadian folk music.

In early December, our esteemed Penguin Eggs editor, Roddy Campbell, received an email with a subject heading that read, “The Folk Podcast Series Hits Top 15 On Apple’s Music Podcast Chart”.

His interest was piqued and he asked me to follow this up and write a few words for this issue. Seeing anything associated with folk music at the top of a mainstream list is always intriguing and, for some reason, surprising to us all.

Turns out Mike Tod, the brains and brawn behind The Folk, was also pleasantly surprised at the results.

“I had no idea what to expect. I just told the stories I had gathered because podcasting is the new way to tell stories.”

And what stories he does tell! Stories of Edson, Alberta’s, the Romaniuk family and their intertwining with the Carter family. Stories of a Russian religious sect on the Prairies. The grand story of the Red River Valley. The ballad of Canada’s most famous folklorist, Edith Fowke. A terrific tale of two black Maritimers, Brent and Harry, and their bluegrass adventure—The Birch Mountain Boys.

In this season of The Folk, there are 13 episodes in all, one from each of the 10 provinces and three territories.

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