The Winter Mountain 2014 UK Tour Interview.

The Winter Mountain 2014 UK Tour Interview.

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filmed in April 2013.
Directed by Jack Liley –
Edited by Duncan Rice –
All copyrights for video and audio belong to Charcoal Records 2013

Winter Mountain (Joseph Francis and Martin Smyth) are a folk duo that incorporate a wide gamut of musical influences. It is hard to pigeonhole their style or their alliance to one specific sub-genre. But one thing remains: they are here to deliver high quality music for discriminating ears like you and me.

If you want to read about their interesting history, check this page:

Below is the interview with Winter Mountain. Big thanks to my friend Paula who talked to the artists after the Cara Dillon concert she attended with our Gilly.

  1. On the scale of 1 to 10, how’s the UK tour going in terms of the excitement.

It’s extremely exciting. We are loving the opportunity to get out there and play our original music. It’s an honour.

  1. Your new album is out in different formats including CD which I love! How’s the experience recording the tracks.

    Winter Mountain concert. Photo by Paula.

    Winter Mountain concert. Photo by Paula.

Recording is perhaps the most rewarding of all the different components that make up a life in music. You get to witness a song you’ve written at home with an acoustic guitar grow into this enormous sonic piece of art. We recorded at some legendary Studios. Also, we were lucky enough to meet a couple of our heroes whilst recording the album. Robbie McIntosh of the Pretenders, Paul McCartney and John Mayer came and played slide guitar on a few tracks. We were honoured!

  1. Can you cite memorable experiences touring with Cara Dillon?

Touring with Cara is an amazing experience because she has one of the most beautiful voices in the world, and that’s no exaggeration. Between her, her husband/keyboard player/producer Sam Lakeman and her band there is so much that we can learn. Just being able to spend time talking and playing with musicians of that experience and calibre is an honour.

  1. Do you like meeting fans and hearing what they have to say about your music and why do you think it is important?

It’s great to hear from fans. There’s nothing better than hearing about how one of the songs you’ve written may have affected that persons life.

  1. I have many favorites including She a Little Light and Tell me. What pushed the move for both of you to release an album?


    Onstage with Cara Dillon and crew. Photo by Paula.

We wanted to spread our creative wings. We had recorded an EP which was going down well and we felt like we had more to offer. The album is in a fairly eclectic mix of styles and with both really pleased that we managed to draw on a lot of our individual different musical influences. There simply wasn’t room for that on the EP.

  1. Can you site your musical influences?

Where to begin?! Simon and Garfunkel, the Everly Bros, the Beatles, The Police, Ryan Adams, Cat Stevens, Led Zeppelin, Joni Mitchell, James Taylor… We could go on and on and on!

  1. What can we expect from Winter Mountain this year?

Touring, touring, touring! We have a full UK tour coming up in November and loads more dates in 2015 to come!

  1. Are you planning to work on another album next year?

We are writing all the time so there will probably be an album in 2015. We have so many live commitments currently that it’s difficult to find time to get in the studio!

  1. Message to your listeners?


    So proud of the postcard and CD. Thanks to Paula for making these possible.

Thanks to everyone for listening, thanks to everyone who came to our recent shows and to everyone who supported us in any way over the last few years. We hope to see you out on the road again on our November/December 2014 tour of the UK.

Know more about the Winter Mountain Autumn tour here:


14th Celtic Colours International Festival :It Starts Now!

Sorry for the late broadcast but it starts now. Grab your tickets!!!

14th Celtic Colours International Festival starts Friday, October 8th!

Several venues sold out but seats remain at many exciting shows.

Tickets to Celtic Colours shows remain in high demand with 13 shows already sold out. If you are interested in attending one of our other 32 shows act fast to ensure yourself a seat. Whether you are looking to attend one show or a week’s worth you can still get your fill of world class traditional music.

Celtic Colours nominated for “National Cultural Tourism” award!

Celtic Colours International Festival is a finalist for the National Awards for Tourism Excellence’s National Cultural Tourism Award presented by The Toronto Star.

The National Awards for Tourism Excellence allow Canada’s tourism industry to recognize those people, places, organizations and events that have gone above and beyond to offer a superior tourism experience to travelers in Canada.

Tickets still available for some of our most exciting shows.

Enjoy Thanksgiving dinner with Colorado chanteuse Mollie O’Brien

Tunes gu leòr – Volume I – Artists in Residence Chris Stout and Catriona McKay have been working with Troy MacGillivray, Andrea Beaton, Colin Grant and Nuala Kennedy before the Festival to come up with some new tunes together. This first concert will showcase each of these incredible artists and their current repertoires

Celtic Thanksgiving: Dinner & Concert -At Celtic Colours, we celebrate Thanksgiving with great food, good company, and spectacular music. This is a great evening to give thanks–to sit back, enjoy a delicious turkey dinner with all the fixings and immerse yourself in a variety of top-notch music.

Drive ‘er – In addition to driving artists all over Cape Breton island, members of the not-for-profit Festival Volunteer Drive’ers Association sell Festival and artist CDs at Celtic Colours concerts for a small commission. Since 2006, the Association has used the proceeds to help an up and coming Cape Breton Celtic artist record their first album. This concert features those artists who are now well on their way to becoming household names in Cape Breton music.

Ireland’s Nuala Kennedy will perform at Tunes gu leòr – Volumes I & II

Tunes gu leòr – Volume II – This concert marks the debut of the new collaborations from the artists showcased at Tunes gu leòr Vol I. Chris and Catriona, backed by the Festival’s own string orchestra will also play some newly composed tunes from their latest critically acclaimed album White Nights.

Beòlach and Friends – Beòlach first came together from an onstage collaboration at Celtic Colours Festival Club in 1998 and haven’t looked back since. They’ve traveled the world and home again. The band’s name translates as “Lively Youth” and tonight many of the band’s equally talented friends will gather on the same stage in Inverness.

Making Songs – Gaelic superstars T with the Maggies and Meantime team up with local culture bearers Mary Jane Lamond, Goiridh Dòmhnallach and Lewis MacKinnon to present an unforgettable evening including new Gaelic song and poetry written specifically for this show.

Songs from Home – As the 2010 festival draws to a close, we will again be reflecting on “home” and this time celebrating the songs that tell our story wherever our home may be. Tonight’s concert will include songs from Ireland, Newfoundland, Scotland, Cape Breton and beyond; songs that represent “home” to our amazing cast of balladeers.

Please visit our show description page for more information on all our performances.

Pack your fiddle, paintbrush or bicycle and join in the fun!

Working closely with hosting community organizations, Celtic Colours International Festival is able to offer plenty of opportunities for folks who are itching to experience our living Celtic culture firsthand through music, visual art, workshops and outdoor events.

There will be daily Participatory Events that range from traditional, all-join-in tune sessions to song sharing sessions, open-mic style events and more.

Learning Opportunities are presentations, demonstrations, lectures, and workshops offered throughout the week for all skill levels and a variety of different disciplines

Take in some fresh air and check out some of Cape Breton’s beautiful fall scenery and spectacular landscape during one of our Outdoor Events.

Professional artists, hobbyists, and art enthusiasts alike will enjoy the many events and exhibits that make up our dazzling Visual Art Series.

From pancake breakfasts to seafood feasts and even Thanksgiving dinner, our community partners will be hard at work making sure everyone is ready for the evenings’ high energy sessions at one of the many Community Meals on offer.

Natalie MacMaster launches book October 9th!

Natalie MacMaster’s Cape Breton Aire is a self-published book that has been in the works for several years. It is the story of a musical life and place. Along with stunning photography it is a tribute to Natalie’s exceptional musical skills and to those who preceded her and shaped her past.

Join Natalie for the launch of the book at the Celtic Music Interpretive Center in Judique from 4 – 6pm on Saturday, October 9th.

Purchase tickets by phone, online or at our box office!

Purchase online 24/7 at:

By Phone:
1-888-355-7744 (toll free in North America)
(902) 567-3000 (local)

At the Box Office: Joan Harriss Cruise Pavilion, 74 Esplanade, Sydney (head for the Big Fiddle). Our Box Office and phone lines are open Monday-Saturday 9am-5pm ADT.

If phoning to reserve tickets we ask that you have your wish list and a valid credit card handy. We accept Visa, MasterCard and American Express for all phone and internet orders.

Get in the festival spirit with High Definition videos

Our YouTube channel at hosts many fantastic new HD videos from the 2009 festival, from our wildly successful Festival Club Stage during the 2010 East Coast Music Association weekend held here in Cape Breton and brand new promotional videos created by our friends at Shot On Site Media that highlight the stories behind some of 2010’s most innovative shows.

Northern Roots Festival as Chronicled in Brush by Paul Taggart

Paul Taggart is a Scottish painter who recently became my contact in facebook. He uploaded and provided a link to this video, and now you have it. Look at his WORK in the middle of this video. One day I am going to ask questions from this artist and have them posted here. I listen to Hank Williams and this is a wonderful surprise.


A further video from Northern Roots Festival 2010 featuring Dean Owens, Bruce MacGregor, Lorraine Lucas, Bob Massie and others at the “Are you sure Hank did it this way? tribute to Hank Williams. A wonderful Saturday afternoon had by all in the Musicians’ Snug & Bistro.

My friend from Ireland Donie Ryan ( also a painter sent me a link to a Christy Moore video. As you might remember, Donie became our guest last time when I ask him about his art. Here is the Video. Enjoy!

More news…..

Cecile Corbel will start her performance dates in Japan this August. one of which is the anticipated performance in Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall

Here are the dates:

Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall
08/04/2010, 19:00
Festival Rock in Japan
08/07/2010, 00:00

I finally got Fiona J MacKenzie’s new(autographed) CD  A Good Suit of Clothes (songs of the immigrant gael) and I tell you, I am so moved by the beautiful arrangement and her voice! I will write more about it here soon.

Just look at these reviews of her album: