Northern Folklore Spring News

Greetings from the desk of Northern Folklore here in sunny Vancouver!
We are busy with all sorts of plans for the upcoming summer, so please keep posted!

We are working at getting two interviews that Matthew Lovegrove conducted: one with Alberta radio station CKUA and the other with CBC Alberta. In both, he speaks about the process of reseaching the historical moments found on “…sings Revival Hymns” as well as the inspiration and need to bring Canadian heritage stories to light in innovative formats.

We are also in the planning and grant writing stages of a project to record the stories of Tofino area residents on Vancouver Island. Very exciting news to follow soon…

And don’t forget that Happy Feet Howe and Maxim are still heading westward, playing their own unique brand of roots music and sharing stories from the heartland of Canada!

Stay Tuned!

Listen to Happy Feet Howe and Maxim on CBC RADIO Bandwidth Saturday March 7th, 5 pm-6 PM Eastern Time:

Hear woodland telegraph on the Toronto Star Anti-Hit List Podcast here:    Click on February 28th

We were honoured to be included on John Sakamoto’s influential Anti-Hit List which was in the February 28th edition of the Toronto Star. We were number 3 on the list, here’s what he had to say about us:

3. WOODLAND TELEGRAPH-“Flood Those Spirits”
Vancouver’s Matthew Lovegrove writes songs that are Canadian in the way that, say, Blue Rodeo’s “5 Days in May” or The Tragically Hip’s “Locked in the Trunk of a Car” are Canadian, which is to say you’ll twig to a certain something in the music long before you get to the lyric about the Kananaskis River. On either level, this is a particularly potent exploration of forging connection out of isolation John Sakomoto,    Toronto Star

This winter there are two madmen roaming the icy landscape of Canada, from town to town, bringing the love of all that is good in roots/ blues/rockabilly mayhem to thaw your hearts and get you dancing~ Come out to a town near you for an unforgettable night of storytelling, amazing music and the finest acoustic music this country has to offer!

Early reports from the tour are already rolling in:

Miles Howe works the town as well as the room. One minute everyone clapping  and  stomping the next minute Miles is running out the door with Maxim on his shoulders headed who knows where?”
Dave Tobey, owner , The Spill Peterborough, On.

“Blistering Fun!”
Jeff Boudreau, Manager, The Grand, Lindsay

Canadian Tour Dates

March 28 – The General Store – Twin Butte, ALBERTA

March 30 – The Brickhouse – Fernie, BC

April 1 – Ceili’s Irish Pub – Calgary, ALBERTA

April 2 – Auditorium Hotel – Nanton, ALBERTA

April 3 – Truffle Pigs Bistro – Field, BC

April 4 – Golden Taps Pub – Golden, BC

April 5 – Woolsey Creek Cafe – Revelstoke, BC

April 7 – Voodoo’s – Penticton, BC

April 8 – Osoyoos, BC

April 9 – Minstrel Cafe and Bar – Kelowna, BC

April 10 – The Flying Steam Shovel Co. – Rossland, BC

April 12 – Cedar Creek Cafe – Winlaw, BC

April 15- Cambie-Nanaimo, BC-with woodland telegraph and Suzy Wedge and the Waves

April 16- Joe’s Garage- Coutenay-w/ woodland telegraph

April 17- The Local Liquor House – Salt Spring Island, BC- w/woodland telegraph

April 18-Spiral Cafe-Victoria, BC w/ woodland telegraph and Jeremy Walsh

April 19-Duncan Garage-Duncan, BC: w/ woodland telegraph, Tone Bent (California)

April 22- SOBOs Eatery- Tofino BC: w/woodland telegraph, smalltown empire

April 23-Digny Dock Pub- Protection Island (Nanaimo), BC- w/woodland telegraph, Kristen Wald

~~~!!!!Come on out!!!!~~~

Over in the woodland telegraph camp, good spirits pervade:

Not as religious as the album title implies but as serenely bucolic. It is like a view of the great outdoors from a forest ranger tower, there is that much scope and fresh air in writer Matthew Lovegrove’s evocation
of understated folk
Tom Harrison, BC Province

woodland telegraph’s debut album “…sings Revival Hymns” recently charted at Number 2. on the !Earshot Folk/Roots charts on Canadian campus’ after spending the month of December at 1.  They also had the fortune of charting on CBC’s Galaxie Folk/Roots charts for December/February as well:

The Galaxie Folk/Roots Channel’s
most-played, high-rotation album releases for December 2008 – January2009

1. Maria Dunn — The Peddler — (Distant Whisper)
2. The Breakmen — When You Leave Town — (
3. Annabelle Chvostek — Resilience — (Borealis)
4. Elliott Brood — Mountain Meadows — (Six Shooter/Warner)
5. Rae Spoon — Superior You Are Inferior — (
6. Woodland Telegraph — Sings Revival Hymns — (Northern Folklore)
7. Ian Tyson — Yellowhead to Yellowstone and other Love Stories —
(Stony Plain)
8. Yonder Hill — Yonder Hill —(
9. Ian Tamblyn — Raincoast — (North Track/Outside)
10. Wyckham Porteous — 3 AM — (Cordova Bay)
11. Anique Granger — Pépins — (La Grange)
12. JP Cormier — The Messenger — (Fontana North)

They will be joining Miles Howe and Maxim to tour Vancouver Island in April, yehaww!