Mulligan Stew Podcast

EP 105 | Ron Sexsmith

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Our Podcast guest is one of the best songwriters that Canada has ever given The World.

Wait a minute. Better than Cohen. Joni. Neil. Lightfoot etc?

They are all peers. The originals who paved the way.

RON SEXSMITH has just released his new album Hermitage.

Ron triggers emotions and memories.

I love talking to Ron.  We have the same sense of humor and history.

And we both love our coffee in the morning,  wine at night and the music of Richard Manuel, Kinks, Zevon, The Who et al.

Enjoy the conversation and the Zoom video that comes with it.

EP 104 | SOSIMA OLIVERA – OAXACA MESCAL MASTER

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photo credit: Kate  Siobhan Mulligan

“they do not adapt to the market needs but rather feel it is the market that needs to adapt to the needs of the agave”

For fans, the search for real mescal/mezcal  starts in the city of Oaxaca, Mexico

The tasting session with Sosima in Oaxaca was a Christmas present from my daughter Kate.

Her husband Pete was along for the tasting, to take some photos and make sure I found my way home.

Sosima is a  third-generation mezcal master from San Miguel Suchixtepec.  Olivera’s grandfather and her father brought Sosima and her six brothers into the world of making mezcal from a young age. She was taught the art by her Grandmother and Aunt.

She’s proud of her chontal ancestry—the indigenous people of Oaxaca—and explains that her people are a peaceful and united group that continues to make mezcal in the traditional approach: not only for drinking but to sustainably cultivate the plant for future generations to come.

There’s a saying in Mexico about Mescal

“When something is bad..the answer is mezcal

When something is good..the answer is mezcal”

photo  credit: Kate Siobhan Mulligan

Her primary label is FANEKANTSINI MEZCAL COOPERATIVE.

They are the Maestro Chontales Tres Colibris (Three Hummingbirds) from Sola de Vega in Oaxaca.

Eight families with a long tradition of Mezcal making.

We welcome to Mulligan Stew Podcast The Mezcalistas

Mezcal FaneKantsini (@fanekantsini) 

Mezcal FaneKantsini – Home | Facebook

http://tlayudona.com.mx/

EP 103 | Quibi CEO Meg Whitman

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Quibi is a subscription-based streaming platform designed to deliver short-form scripted and unscripted content to your cell phone. The name is a mash-up of the words “quick” and “bites,” a nod to the fact that episodes of Quibi shows will run roughly seven to ten minutes in length.

Meg Whitman is the CEO of Quibi.   Prior to Quibi, she served as CEO of Hewlett Packard Enterprise and President/CEO for the Hewlett-Packard Company.

Also senior executive at Disney. Ran for Governor of California. A key part of Mitt Romney’s Presidential bids of 2008 and 2012!

Quibi could be the future of entertainment. We’ll see.

EP 102 | Roy Forbes

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As much as Canada loves Roy Forbes’ songs I think it’s his voice that goes straight through your heart.

No fooling around. This voice is memorable. There’s only one like it.

The high lonesome sound of Canada.

He’s been at it for almost 50 years.

Sunday he celebrates his 14th year of hosting Roy’s Record Room on CKUA Radio, province-wide in Alberta.  Name me another show that plays

Vinyl, 45’s and 78’s. Sexy slick tracks from the 20’s through to the 50’s.

A tower of those 78’s fell on top of Roy in his studio and his retina was so damaged he lost his sight. Roy has driven himself to just carry on.

Roy’s Room  IS the history of modern music. It’s how we got to where we are.

Roy has also just released his 11th album Edge of Blue.  It’s a  soul album by a skinny white kid.

It’s very good…

Here’s the complete interview with tracks…

Let’s Rock with Roy

 

EP 101 | The Wood Brothers

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Nobody sounds like The Wood Brothers.

The Wood Brothers are blessed by dedicated fans who love their singular style that fuses gospel, blues, jazz, folk, country, and rock.

The band consists of Oliver Wood on guitar, younger brother Chris Wood on bass, and multi-instrumentalist Jano Rix, who brings percussion to the band with his guitar, drums, keyboards…

Jano Rix..plays a guitar that’s modified to also be a percussive element.

The harmonies are sublime..the songwriting solid.

I love this band and these guys.

One of the keys is Chris Wood who brings jazz chops from his years with Medeski, Martin, and Wood.

What a band…

Best of all, they’re honest. No grandstanding..just outstanding music.

The boys talk about their time with Levon Helm, Drummer& Vocalist for The Band.

The Bands influence on their music.

This interview took place backstage at The Imperial Room, Vancouver BC.

March 28, 2017

EP 100 | Nathaniel Rateliff

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Welcome to Podcast 100!

When Nathaniel began writing for the new album And it’s still Alright, the songs initially centered on the pain of his unraveling personal relationship, but the theme of the album took a different direction when Richard Swift, his longtime friend, and producer of Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats’ two acclaimed albums, passed away in July 2018.

This time, there’s no Night Sweats riding to the rescue.

While the songs are quieter and more reflective,  they are no less urgent and indelible.  These are strong stories  and even stronger songs

“I’ve always been trying to write songs that hit you in the stomach but I like ones that make people feel like things will be just fine.”

Nathaniel Rateliff

EP 99 | Virus Crisis in Food and Wine

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Welcome. We hope this finds you well and safe.

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed all of our lives.

Imagine what effect it’s had on the food and wine businesses we know and love.

 

I reached out to as many owners and winemakers as I could find in a single day in the hope that their answers could become your answers.

The basic questions were

How are you doing and how is your business handling this crisis?

How can we, the consumer help sustain your business?

Suggestions?  Ideas? Are you open and if so, under what restrictions?

 

Chef Robert Belcham – President of the Chef’s Table Society of BC  (Vancouver)

Exec Chef Mark Filatow – Waterfront Wines and Wine Bar (Kelowna)

Sandra Oldfield – Founder Elysian Projects  (South Okanagan)

Miles Prodan – President and CEO of BC Wine Institute (Kelowna)

John Skinner – Founder of Painted Rock Winery and member of Okanagan Wine Imitative (OK Falls)

James Iranzad – Partner in Gooseneck Hospitality (Wildebeest, Bufala, Lucky Taco, Bells & Whistles) (Vancouver)

Tim Meeks – Food and Wine Fan and  Senior Nurse   (Seattle)

Jean-Benoit Deslauriers – Head Winemaker Benjamin Bridge – (Gaspereau Valley Nova Scotia)

Michael Bartier – Founder/Winemaker Bartier Brothers Wines (South Okanagan)

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EP 98 | William Prince Interview

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Winnipeg singer, songwriter  William Prince has released his second album Reliever.

How far has he come from the first album Earthly Days and its great single Breathless?

Feature appearance on CBS Saturday Morning.  Feature article in Rolling Stone.

Now touring Europe and America.

While writing the songs, for Reliever,  he lost his Father but became a Dad.

Even though William can trace his heritage back to Chief Peguis he doesn’t want his music to be judged as First nations – just judged as great songs. Period!

EP 97 | Frazey Ford- U KIN B THE SUN

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“Don’t be fooled by the glittery jumpsuit. Frazey Ford is out for blood.” – NPR

 

Frazey Ford releases U kin b The Sun. It’s stunning.
Currently the Number 1 album on the CKUA Top 30. For the second week in a row
Or maybe it’s three. Frazey Ford is a blur.

One of her messages is…
Get out of the way
You’ve had your day 
And it’s no longer how we gon’ play
The kids are having none of it.
From: The kids are having none of it. 
 
This is the complete podcast interview. With tracks 
Azad
Golden 
Purple and Brown

 

EP 96 | Gord Sinclair- Taxi Dancers

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Special guest Gord Sinclair. Bassist, singer, and songwriter for The Tragically Hip. On Friday the 28th he releases Taxi Dancers the first solo lp following the death of Gord Downie and the end of The Hip. Terry talks about the new album Taxi Dancers and what life is like post Tragically Hip and the emotional journey he underwent to create the album.