Mulligan Stew Podcast

EP 312 | The last two folk fest interviews. Terry Wickham (Edmonton) Jenna Klein Waller (Canmore)


The last two festival directors join us on The Summer Stew –
Terry Wickham – Edmonton Aug 8-11
Many years now the musical leader at  Edmonton Folk Festival.
As you know, he’s a natural storyteller and this year he’s telling stories of the growing indigenous component of the festival. Also how it all started to grow within the fest, it involves the Chieftains.
Terry talks about how he discovers artists, why certain artists strike a chord in him and how he had to keep a headliner booking secret for 7 months.
The complete interview can be heard on the Mulligan Stew Podcast and the video on the terrydavidmulligan YouTube Channel.
Jenna Klein Waller – Canmore  Aug 3-5
It’s year one for Jenna.  She has stayed in touch with the other artistic directors. Learning even more as she went. The one thing the festival wanted to focus on was finding a younger audience.
Jenna talks about the artists that her younger audience wants to see and hear.

EP 311 | Artistic directors Kerry Clark from the Calgary Folk Fest and Fiona Black from the Vancouver Folk Fest.


It’s festival season. Full ON.

Everywhere you go someone is kicking off a festival.

We’re concentrating on the music festivals of Western Canada.

I couldn’t do them all…

Vancouver Island and Winnipeg  festivals  have started

This weekend our guests are – artistic directors Kerry Clark from the Calgary Folk Fest and Fiona Black from the Vancouver Folk Fest.

We finish our festival updates July 20 with Jenna Klein Waller artistic director from Canmore Festival and Terry Wickham artistic director of Edmonton Folk Music Festival.


Check out the artist lineups at  July 25-28  July 19-21

EP 310 | Mulligan Stew Summer Music Festivals in Canadian West


It all started as a single interview about the Edmonton Folk Festival. We seemed to be talking about the “other“ festivals and could they survive the Covid years.

That conversation turned into the first group interview with the artistic directors of Calgary, Winnipeg, Canmore and Vancouver Folk Festivals.

It was fun and informative, so I’m hoping  to make it a yearly gathering.

Here’s the guest lineup this year.

They each bring with them stories of the artists they booked and why.

Vancouver Island Music Festival

Doug Cox – July 12-14 Vancouver Island Music Festival (Courtney)

Chris Frayer – July 11-14  Winnipeg Folk Festival

Fiona Black – July 19-21 Vancouver Folk Festival

Kerry Clark – July 25-28 Calgary Folk Festival

Jenna Klein Waller – Aug 3-5 Canmore Folk Festival

Terry Wickham – Aug 8-11 Edmonton Folk Festival

 This week our interview guests are…

Artistic Directors of Vancouver Island Music Festival (Doug Cox) & Winnipeg Folk Festival

(Chris Frayer)

Both festivals start next weekend. Next Saturday it’s Fiona Black from Vancouver FF and Kerry Clark from Calgary FF.  Bringing insights into their artist guest list and special events.
The complete interviews can be seen on  the terrydavidmulligan YouTube Channel

EP 309 | Canada Day Weekend with Greg Keelor and Jim Cuddy from Blue Rodeo & Jim brings his new solo album.


They are Canadian music royalty.  Who better to have joined us on the Canada Day weekend than Greg Keelor and Jim Cuddy from Blue Rodeo?

AND  Jim brings his 6th solo album All the World Fades Away.

There is much to talk about. In the first half of the Podcast Greg and Jim take us through Blue Rodeo’s plans for their 40th year together in 2025.

Taking part in the Lightfoot celebration at Massey Hall. Being inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame.. Then Greg bugs out and Jim and I talk about his 6th solo album with The Jim Cuddy band.

It’s called All the world fades away and it’s a beauty.

Stories about his Father, our friend the late  John Mann and his family, his early years on The Yukon, and his duet with Greg on the solo album. The dialogue between the two of them on the meaning of the song is WILD!

We talk tours and plans for the year.  Comments about playing the Canmore and Edmonton Folk Festivals this summer. Our thanks to the boys…

Enjoy – Happy Canada Day

EP 308 | Two Artists/Two Albums. Celeigh Cardinal/Bridget Kearney (Lake Street Dive)


Two remarkable guests this week

Celeigh Cardinal and her new album Boundless Possibilities and Bridget Kearney – Bassist and songwriter for Lake Street Dive

Both guests have albums that came out Friday.

Celeigh Cardinal has her latest dropping Friday – Boundless Possibilities.

Personally written songs that describe the feelings of losing her son’s Father in a murder and the death of a friend by suicide.  Also surviving the pain and loss and changing her life forever.

It’s not your average album and certainly not your average interview. Open, bare and loving.

The second guest is Bridget Kearney. Bassist, vocalist and songwriter for Lake Street Dive. The album is Good Together and after  20 years together, they’ve decided to write songs and play together in the same room. It shows in the exceptional songs.

They appeared this week on Colbert and they’re on tour. One of the dates is Madison Square Garden.

EP 254 | Bruce Cockburn- Reflections on Gord & New album ‘O Sun O Moon’ -Repeat


The Stew is Bruce Cockburn..bringing stories of  his 35th album O Sun O Moon. Plus memories of Gordon Lightfoot and his place in the music of the World and especially Canada.

Answers the question: Was/is Gord the Sound of Canada?

Could you hear the space and place in his songs?

The Podcast is the complete interview with Bruce Cockburn on the release of his 35th album O Sun O Moon. And his thoughts on the music of and the loss of Gordon Lightfoot.

The YouTube this week is the video version of both conversations.

EP 307 | BC Top 50 wines with 2 judges Rhys Pender & DJ Kearney


For years, there have been multiple wine competitions no matter what country or region.

The BC wine industry is no exception.

The latest wine awards are The BC Top 50 wines and Wine of the Year as part of the 2024 Okanagan Spring Wine Festival, which is on now.

Friday night the results were announced at the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre and then hundreds descended on the trade floor to do their own judging.

Kimberly Hundertmark, the GM of The Wine Fests said on Tasting Room Radio last week that wineries were asked to send their very best releases.

We have two guests and dear friends on this Podcast. Both are wine stars and both were  judges at  this event

DJ Kearney.  A Global wine authority, educator and Director of Wine at Terminal City Club. Black Belt.

Rhys Pender – Master of Wine. Co-owner of Little Farm Wine in Cawston and owner of Wine Plus. World’s greatest fisherman.

We can now include here who made the Top 50 wines list and which winery won  Wine of the Year


Dirty Laundry Vineyard

Cellar Series Gamay


Winery Name Brand Name Vintage
3Benches Estate Winery Hillside White 2022
Bench 1775 Winery Blanc de Blanc 2020
Black Swift Vineyards Hans Estate Malbec 2018
Bordertown Vineyard & Estate Winery Merlot 2019
Chaberton Estate Winery Cabernet Franc Reserve 2019
Chaberton Estate Winery La Fleur de Chaberton 2023
Crown & Thieves Chenin Blanc 2022
Culmina Family Estate Winery Unicus 2022
Culmina Family Estate Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2020
Deep Roots Winery Syrah 2021
Evolve Cellars Brut Rose 2018
Four Shadows Winery Riesling Classic 2023
French Door Estate Winery Malbec 2022
Gidda Family Estates One Block Zweigelt 2020
Gneiss Wines The Chief Reserve 2020
Hester Creek Estate Winery GSM 2022
Hester Creek Estate Winery Viognier 2023
Hillside Winery & Bistro Cabernet Franc 2020
Hillside Winery & Bistro Chef’s Whites 2023
Inniskillin Okanagan Estate Winery Estate Riesling Icewine 2022
JoieFarm Winery Secrest Mountain Pinot Noir 2022
Kismet Estate Winery Syrah Family Select 2021
Lakeside Cellars Rose 2022
Moon Curser Vineyards Touriga Nacional 2022
Moraine Estate Winery Estate Pinot Noir 2022
Mt. Boucherie Estate Winery Reserve Syrah 2020
Noble Ridge Vineyard and Winery The One 2017
Peak Cellars Terraces Dry Riesling 2022
Phantom Creek Estates Phantom Creek Vineyard Cuvee No.29 2020
Poplar Grove Winery Three Roses 2022
River Stone Estate Winery Corner Stone 2019
Sandhill Wines Sandhill Small Lots One 2019
SpearHead Winery Pinot Noir Pommard 2022
Stag’s Hollow Winery Renaissance Merlot 2020
Stag’s Hollow Winery Renaissance Chardonnay 2022
Summerhill Pyramid Winery Organic Cabernet Sauvignon 2020
Tantalus Vineyards Old Vines Riesling 2021
Terravista Syrah 2022
Terravista Fandango 2023
Terravista Albariño 2023
Three Sisters Winery Bench Red 2022
Tightrope Winery Pinot Noir Fleet Road 2022
Tinhorn Creek Vineyards Reserve Cabernet Franc 2021
Township 7 Vineyards & Winery Seven Stars Sirius 2016
Upper Bench Estate Winery & Creamery Chardonnay 2021
Vanessa Vineyard Estate Winery Inc. Syrah 2019
Vanessa Vineyard Estate Winery Inc. Goltz Legacy 2019
Volcanic Hills Estate Winery Gidda Family Estate Royale II (Blanc de Blanc) 2020
Wild Goose Winery Gewurztraminer 2023


EP 306 | Kimberly Hundertmark. Okanagan Spring Wine Fest and John Skinner. BC Wine view Painted Rock


I’ve had the distinct pleasure to host and produce Tasting Room Radio for 17 years.

Most weeks we consider featuring some of those stories on the podcast but music, arts and music history seem to carry the day.

These two interviews deserve to be featured because they tell the story of the current state of the BC wine industry.

The Okanagan has been burned by summer fires and choked by summer smoke, blocked by road closures at the peak of the summer season, deep frozen by two successive winters and disappointingly shunned by liquor governing bodies in Alberta.

All the while the BC wine industry is making better and better wines. So it all feels like three steps forward and two back

Kimberly Hundertmark, the GM of Okanagan Wine Festivals brings great news. Right now, they are kicking off the Spring Wine Festival all over the Okanagan Valley. It’s an amazing collection of events. Huge gatherings like 2024 BC Top 50 and the Wine of the Year. The TASTE series, carefully curated in locations North and South, the Naramata Bench this Sunday, June 2 and the District Wine Village in Oliver Sat-Sun June 8/9 and Saturday, June 8th at the Summer Sips at Spirit Ridge Osoyoos. Kimberly brings all the news and tips for making plans.


The complete list of events can be found at



John Skinner is the co-owner/co-founder of Painted Rock Estate Winery, on the Skaha Bench in Okanagan Falls.

If you go to their website have a look at the wines but also the awards those wines have won over the years.

Pages and pages of awards and outstanding reviews.

John’s comments about his wines and two new releases – Rose and Chardonnay can be found on Tasting Room Radio.

These comments by John are about the state of the BC wine industry – the good and not-so-good.

Above all, it’s John’s belief in BC Wine. He shows leadership and well-thought-out decision-making.

If you’re interested in supporting the BC wine industry – and I truly hope you are – then John brings clarity and commitment to all of us.

John Skinner reminds us that most of these wineries are owned by small farming families.

“support the little wineries first. Find your favourites and support them when you can”


EP 305 | Dylan Turns 83 and Tofino Wine and Dine


Wonderful article from Charles P. Pierce   Esquire Magazine May 25

Let’s get the whole gang together: Davey Moore, Hattie Carroll, Hollis Brown, Einstein disguised as Robin Hood, the motorcycle black Madonna two-wheeled gypsy queen, Ma Rainey, and Beethoven, John the Baptist, the Commander In Chief, Louis The King, Napoleon in rags, Lucille, Johanna, Sweet Marie, John Wesley Harding, St. Augustine, the joker, the thief, Big Jim, Lily, Rosemary, and most of all, the Jack of Hearts, Rubin Carter, Isis, Tweedledum and Tweedledee, Blackjack Davey, Charlie Patton. All of them. Play me a song, Mr. Wolfman Jack, because if you want to remember, you better write down the names.

Bob Dylan turned 83 on Friday. All of him did. All of them did. All the personae, the entire kaleidoscope of masks, the false fronts and head fakes, and, finally, the last, and in many ways, best of them all. The travelling storyteller, the seanchai as the people in the old country would call him. Out on the endless tour, up the endless highway. I think of him and I think of Turlough O’Carolan, the legendary blind Irish harper who would travel the countryside, composing his songs on the spot for whomever would give him food and drink. Go back further. Go back to Homer. Sing to him, O muse. When Dylan dropped “Murder Most Foul,” virtually out of a clear blue sky, blessing us with it as consolation for the years when America had gone so terribly wrong, it was Homer of whom I thought, poet and historian both, protector of the shadowland between myth and reality, chronicler of what Greil Marcus called “the old, weird America,” a phrase I wish I’d written.

He’ll be around all summer, travelling with Willie Nelson and John Mellencamp and a whole clutch of other artists in something called the Outlaw Music Festival Tour. It’s a high-priced extravaganza but, in a very real way, he’s just on the road, heading for another joint. Move along, brother Bob. The highway, as you taught us, is for gamblers, and we take what we have gathered from coincidence.

Here’s a collection of comments and reflections from Dylan’s artistic partners and others just sharing the same spaces with Bob. Interviews I’ve done over the years to be added to when Dylan turns 85.

Interviews with

David Bowie

Robbie Robertson

Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks

The Avett Brothers

Barney Bentall and Steve Dawson

Greg Keelor (Blue Rodeo)

And Colin Linden (Blackie and the Rodeo Kings)

Wine and Dine – Tofino June 1-2.

The second story takes place next weekend June 1 and 2 in one of Earth’s most beautiful places –  Tofino,  British Columbia. The western edge of Canada on Vancouver Island. The community includes surfing, golfing, fishing, underwater adventures and an unusual gathering of chefs. It is where they come to learn how to create seafood dishes and cook with what the forest and oceans give them – and surf their minds out.


It’s the second annual Wine and Dine gathering on the front lawns of Best Western Plus Tin Wis Resort.

All of the details can be found at 


Our guests are the organizers and founders  of Tofino Wine & dine



Ronnie Lee and Ryan Orr.

EP 304 | Sue Foley Interview New Album ‘One Guitar Woman’


We know Ottawa-born Sue Foley from the blues albums she’s created and released. Plus Multiple blues awards on both sides of the border.
Her new album is One Guitar Woman. A tribute to the female pioneers of guitar.

This was/is a very personal journey for Sue. She’s studied the many women who played guitar before her and left their legacy to study and pass on.
Female singers and players like Memphis Minnie, Elizabeth Cotten, Maybelle Carter, Sister Rosetta Tharp, Geeshe Wiley,  Lydia Mendoza etc.
Many tales and tunes are connected to the album.

Four-time Blues Foundation Traditional Female Artist award winner, Sue Foley’s new album One Guitar Woman is a heartfelt tribute to the female pioneers of the guitar – including Memphis Minnie, Lydia Mendoza, Maybelle Carter, Ida Presti, and Sister Rosetta Tharpe. The album showcases the dexterity of Foley’s acoustic nylon string guitar skills as she expands on her blues playing into other genres like Piedmont fingerpicking, traditional country, the Carter Scratch,  flamenco and classical.

“From the time I decided to be a professional guitar player, I’ve always looked for female role models. These are the women who were expressing themselves through the instrument as far back as the 1920’s, at the inception of radio and recorded music. They are the trailblazers and visionaries whose footsteps I walk in,” 

Sue  Foley.