It’s fair to say that Christmas is the most traditional season of the year.
Mulligan Stew has its own tradition we’d like to share with you.
It all started at CBC Vancouver in the late 70s with Producer Susan Englebert.
I was hosting a weekly show called The Great Canadian Goldrush and Susan brought together several of our artist friends to sing Christmas songs and tell Christmas tales.
Shari Ulrich, Roy Forbes, Terry Frewer were all part of those shows.
The show became a tradition – year after year.
Then life happened. Our friend Susan lost a battle with cancer, Goldrush was canceled and we all moved on.
It wasn’t until I signed on with Roundhouse Radio in Vancouver that the idea of Christmas in the Round started to take shape.
Finally, I had a great mix.
Artists that were attracted to Roundhouse Radio’s support of music and the arts.
And a real working studio..plus a lobby that doubled as a stage. Perfect!!
This is now Year Three of Christmas in the Round.
Shari Ulrich is still part of the group.
( Roy Forbes joined us last year)
This year the lineup is strong. Everyone on the stage had an amazing year. Recording, touring, co-writing and making new friends.
Barney Bentall – had just come off the road with Cariboo Express. Released a fine new album The Drifter and the Preacher and was about to tour coast-to-coast in early 2018 with the Jim Cuddy Band.
Shari Ulrich – on the road with Barney, playing with other artists, forming a trio with her daughter Julia and fellow Cariboo Expresser Kirby Barber, who’s also with us this year.
(Julia recorded and mixed this hour)
Jim Byrnes- host of Byrnes Blues with a well-earned reputation as a singular performer, who proudly shows his St Louis roots in every song.
He too has a new album coming out in Feb. – Long Hot Summer Days.
Bill Henderson – Leader, writer, vocalist, and guitarist of Chilliwack. Mentor to many of today’s new artists. Producer and picker.
Craig Northey – Original member of The Odds. Invaluable session man, co-writer, and part of perhaps the best backing band in the Country.
You may notice in the group photo that he’s leaning on a crutch. That’s because he BROKE his ankle playing hockey 2 weeks before this session and he still came to play.
He’s a gamer. A lifer.
Geoff Hicks – Plays drums with EVERYONE – Colin James, Barney, never mind..it’s way too many to mention
Rob Becker – Ditto. Need a great bass player? Start in the B’s with Becker. Plays with Barney a lot.
They all have Christmas songs and stories and a tradition to carry on.
Many thanks to Cory Price, Julia Graff, Monique McQueen, Alex Rodgerson, Don Shafer, Margaret Garrison, Dave Dhillon, Gabe Reinarz, Julian Anton, Scott Elliott and Duke, Natalie Pitt.
Many thanks to our singers and pickers
And as always Corey Wood and MEG – The Home Team
This show is dedicated to the memory of Susan Englebert
|The Christmas Stew Part Two||Dec 23 2017|
|Welcome to The Christmas Stew Part 2||www.mulliganstew.ca|
|Jingle Bells||James Taylor||James Taylor at Christmas|
|The girl with the Holiday smile||Lyle Lovett||Songs for the Season|
|Mary had a baby||Bruce Cockburn||Winter|
|The Christmas Stew||Hour Two – Christmas in the Round Year Three|
|Soul Cake||Sting||If on a Winter’s Night|
|It came upon the Midnight clear||Norah Jones||Now. Todays Christmas|
|Christmas call from a hooker in Minneapolis||Tom Waits||Blue Valentine|
|The Christmas Stew||TDM|
|Christmas comes but once a year||BB King||A Christmas Celebration of Hope|
|Christmas Stew Part Two||Christmas in the Round in Hour Two|
|Happy Christmas||John and Yoko||Power to the People|
|Santa Claus is coming to town||Bruce Springsteen and the E street Band||My Home Town|
|Christmas song||Dave Mathews Band||Live at Wriggley Field|
|Rudy||The Be Good Tanyas||A Winter’s Night|
|Christmas eve with you||Lindi Ortega||A Tennesse Christmas|
|The Christmas Stew||Next week – Christmas in the Round|
|Merry Christmas Baby||Otis Redding||Pure Southern Soul|
|Cool Yule||Colin James and the Little Big Band||Colin James and the Little Big Band|
|Christmas in the Round Year Three||Barney. Craig. Shari.Jim.Bill.Kirby.Geoff.Rob||An Hour of songs and stories|