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Sounds Atlantic Radio

Background

Ron Moores’ Sounds Atlantic began in September 2007 as a program dedicated to the music of Canada’s Atlantic Provinces of Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. Sounds Atlantic focuses primarily upon the traditional music of Atlantic Canada, music that is more acoustically based, heritage and roots music.

Broadcast every Sunday night from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. on  Heritage Radio at CJHR 98.7 FM in Renfrew, Ontario, Canada. It can also be heard on the Internet, on Media Player, at www.valleyheritageradio.ca. Currently, it is the only program in the Ottawa valley of its kind, and the only one that regularly features interviews with artists throughout Atlantic Canada.

One of dozens of programs broadcast 24 hours a day, seven days a week, Sounds Atlantic is celebrating its eighth year this year. In April 2015, Ron will celebrate his 22nd year as a radio host, having hosted the Back 40 on CKCU 93.1 FM Radio Carleton in Ottawa since April, 1993.

In 2010 at the Central Canada Bluegrass Awards held at the end of November, at Deerhurst Lodge in Huntsville Ontario, Ron became a member of the Central Canada Bluegrass Association’s “Honour Roll”, having won five consecutive titles as “DJ of the Year” between 2005 and 2009 inclusive.

In January 2011, Ron was presented with the “David Tinkoff Award” for having “made a special contribution to the life of the bluegrass community in the Ottawa area”.

Regular Features

There are regular features you can count on, such as:

  • The Easter and Christmas Gospel Shows
  • For lovers on Valentine’s Day
  • Christmas in Atlantic Canada
  • Year in Review and Preview at year’s end
  • New Releases and Discoveries, from Atlantic Canada
  • Special Profiles and Features

Ron brings diverse programming and insight into what lay behind the scenes in traditonal music from Atlantic Canada. “Sounds Atlantic” profiles artists who play the rich diversity of traditional music – from yesterday’s folk and celtic music to today’s “trad” and “roots” scene – music generally not found on commercial radio.

Interviews

Ron attends numerous summer music festivals and events in Atlantic Canada such as the Newfoundland-Labrador Folk Festival, the East Coast Music Awards and the Woody Point Writers Festival on the island’s Great Northern Peninsula. Once again, Ron has been invited to perform at the fifth annual “Trails, Tales and Tunes Festival” at Norris Point in Gross Morne National Park.

In addition, Ron interviews established artists and bands as well as up-and-coming artists, both local and international. These interviews are featured throughout the year, providing interesting insights into the people and inspirations behind the music.

Over the past few years, Ron’s guests have included:

From Newfoundland

  • Jim Payne
  • Matthew Byrne
  • Graham Wells
  • Anchors Aweigh
  • The Once
  • Duane Andrews
  • The Ray Walsh Family
  • Ron Hynes
  • Chris Andrews, Mark Hiscock and Shanneyganock
  • Tarahan
  • Fergus O’Byrne (Ryan’s Fancy)
  • Frank Maher and the Mahers Bars
  • The Masterless Men
  • Colleen Power
  • Pamela Morgan and Figgy Duff
  • Dave Panting and Rawlins Cross
  • Dave Penny
  • Vicki Hynes
  • Wilf Doyle
  • Rik Barron
  • Shirley Montague
  • Art Stoyles
  • Daniel Payne
  • Gerry Strong
  • Allan Ricketts
  • Jeff Quilty
  • Karla Pilgrim
  • Joe Belly (Phil Goodland)

From Nova Scotia

  • The Cottars
  • Smokin’ Contraband
  • J.P. Cormier
  • Dave Gunning
  • The Spinney Brothers
  • Blue Horizon
  • Cindy Church
  • Ryan Cook
  • Catherine Lawrence
  • Old Man Leudecke
  • Brad Reid

From New Brunswick:

  • The Divorcees
  • David Myles
  • Thom Swift
  • Francis Cormier and The Bluegrass Diamonds
  • Ray Legere
  • Paul Hébert
  • Dan Cunningham
  • True Blue

From Prince Edward Island:

  • Billy McInnis
  • Janet McGarry
  • Catherine MacLellan
  • Lennie Gallant
  • Colette Cheverie
  • The Grass Mountain Hobos
  • Vishten
  • Richard Wood
  • Gordon Belsher
  • Kendra MacGillivray
  • Eddie Quinn and Fiddlers’ Sons

Guests from outside Atlantic Canada
(American, Canadian, Australian “cousins”)

  • Tim Hus (Alberta, Canada)
  • Steve Gulley (U.S.A.)
  • Claire Lynch (U.S.A.)
  • Kathey Mattea (U.S.A.)
  • The Davidson Brothers (Australia)
  • Tim O’Brien (U.S.A.)
  • April Verch (Ontario, Canada)

Special Promotional Broadcasts

Every year, Ron previews a number of music festivals and special events throughout Atlantic Canada. These include:

  • The Newfoundland/Labrador Folk Festival in St.John’s NL
  • The East Coast Music Awards (2010 in Sydney N.S.)
  • The Tales, Trails and Tunes Festival in Norris Point, NL