. : : June 7th, 2007 : : .
Bob Harris’ radio show for BBC Radio 2 co-sponsored the NXNE event that first introduced me to Kathleen Edwards. Harris was fond of the roots rock scene in Canada, and was known to promote it on the other side of the pond whenever possible.
It’s hard to say whether or not that concert — you know, the one that introduced me to Kathleen, Jim Bryson, Luke Doucet, Melissa McClelland, Justin Rutledge, Oh Susanna, etc. — would have still happened without his support and the Beeb’s agreement to record it for airing on his program. I like to imagine it wouldn’t have: it was a confluence of random happenstance that brought all these acts together, and me to that room.
I then have to give a lot of credit to Bob and the BBC for their part in my
obsession with deep fondness of these performers and their music.
It’s therefore very exciting that today’s tape is an interview and two-song set that Kathleen performed for Bob Harris’ The Country Show on the very same afternoon remotely from CBC Studios in Toronto. Remarkable for the great sound quality, Kathleen’s patented humour and wit, and what was then a preview of the emotional heart of Asking For Flowers (which was still being recorded at the time), Scared At Night and a solo/acoustic version of In State, this is a twenty-minute tape that’s a must-have for fans.