Corby's Orbit

Corby's Orbit
Listening in All the High Places illustration by John Kricfalusi

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Musos And Books

Musos are often big readers too. 

At this end of the year, reading something fresh and bracing or classic and comfortable are central pathways to the pursuit of happiness. 

Whether you finally have time to set aside, or you are catching up on year-end best book lists or just shopping for a special volume to give to a friend, a good book is a commitment to growing your heart and soul.

Friday, December 22, 2017

Playlist For Show Of 22 December

Commissioner of Selection: Paul Corby 

(Brought to you by Jingles We Have Heard On High, Hark The Red-Nosed Snowman Sings and Santa Claus Is Calming Down Too ) 

Guest: Ravi Naimpally

5-7 p.m. Fridays online and at .  

Podcast does not exist for this show, sorry.
Canadians in Asterisk’d RED. 

5:00  Coniferous Whispers

Jimmy McGriff ~ The  Christmas Song (TONAL Remix) ~ Christmas Remixed 

Aaron Neville ~ Such A Night ~ Soulful Christmas

* David Myles ~ Blue Christmas Lights ~ It's Christmas! 

* The O'Pears ~ Quiet Now ~ Single 2017

Paul Simon & Vincent Nguini (July 1952 – December 8, 2017)  ~ The Coast ~ Rhythm Of The Saints

5:30 Heart Galaxies

* Kim Beggs ~ On Christmas Time ~ Single 2017

* Boreal ~ Gotta Go ~ Winter's Welcome

* The Weather Station ~ Impossible ~ The Weather Station  from Corby's Top Fifty 2017

*Heavy Bell ~ It Is Not Possible That He Will Not Return / O Waste Of Moon ~ By Grand Central Station  from Corby's Top Fifty 2017

* Dorjee Tsering ~ Semchuk Mashak ( Don't Give Up ) ~ Thank You Canada

Jerry Garcia ~ The Wheel ~ Garcia ~ Jerry Garcia Tribute @ The Linsmore tonight

6:00 Tabla Tableaux 

* Lenkkodek feat. Lenka Lichtenberg & Ekkodek ~ Open Your Eyes ~ Open Your Ears  from Corby's Top Fifty 2017

* Adrian Miller ~ Rockers Music ~ Mother Earth  from Corby's Top Fifty 2017

* So Long Seven ~ Daddy Ravi / Interview With Ravi Naimpally / Kala Kalo / Improvisation ( live ) ~ Kala Kalo  from Corby's Top Fifty 2017

 * Near East Domba ~ Near East  NEW DISK

6:45 Red-Nosed Blues

Ray Charles ~ That Spirit Of Christmas ~  The Spirit Of Christmas

Electribe 101 ~  Talking With Myself ~ The Best Of Cafe Del Mar / Toronto Music Listings

Mary J. Blige ~  Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer ~ Mary Christmas

The Tabla Is Set: Ravi Arrives at the Orbit Today.

The man who brought the thunder to Toronto from Thunder Bay, Professor Ravi Naimpally, top tabla maestro, will be syncing into the Orbit today at 6:00. 
We will be exploring his latest work with 
So Long Seven (on Corby`s Orbit Top 50 list for 2017) 
as well a his associations with Monsoon, Tasa, and multiple progressive music projects. He will be playing a bit of tabla too. Come up and get warm.

Monday, December 18, 2017

The Best And Most Refreshing Music Of 2017

Here are my selections of 2017's top musical excellences. 
As heard and shared on
 Corby's Orbit
this year, these are the 50 I've played the most, on air for friends, and at home.

We've been riding the internet radio revolution since the reactionary 2011 overthrow of CKLN.88.1FM,   
feeling a feverish allegiance to - and an alignment with - the creative (and mostly Canadian) 
sounds still emanating from the marvelous maverick musos and fearless lyricists amongst us. 

I shall continue weekly experiments in the juxtaposition of classics and new independent outcroppings of song on 
Radio Regent 
in Toronto, every Friday night forward,
 from five til seven 
- moving and shaking -
-dreaming dreams -
going round and round
forever it seems.

Canadians in red                              

Alejandra Ribera           This Island

Marito Marques             Na Eira

Kayla Luky                    Back To Dirt

Alex Cuba                     Lo Unico Constante

Adrian Miller                  Mother Earth

Feist                                Pleasure

Various Artists                The Songs Of Tony                                                      Quarrington

Red Baraat                      Bhangra Pirates

Denielle Bassels              What About Wool                                                         Wishbags

Zeynep Ozbilen                Zest

Valerie June                      The Order Of Time

The Eisenhauers                The Road We Once                                                                Knew

Julia Holter                        In The Same Room

The Wilderness Of Manitoba   Across The Dark

Hilario Duran                     Contumbao

Terra Lightfoot                    New Mistakes

David Myles                       Real Love

Kevin Breit     Johnny Goldtooth & The Chevy                                                            Casanovas

Eliana Cuevas                      Golpes Y Flores

Kim Beggs                            Said Little Sparrow

Julie Doiron       Julie & The Wrong Guys

Minor Empire    Uprooted

John Stetch    Vulneraville / The Vancouver Concert

Heavy Bell         By Grand Central Station

Braden Gates    Much Rather Be Sleeping

Colin Stetson    All This I Do 
                           For Glory

Mario Romano  Fenyrose

Matt Patershuk  Same As I 
                   Ever Have Been

Lorde               Melodrama

Trad Attack     “AH!”

Kat Goldman  The Workingman’s 

The Willows   Tea For Three

The Achromatics  Give Me 
                             That Beat
So Long Seven    Kala Kalo

Ron Sexsmith  The Last Rider

Elvin Bishop    Big Fun Trio

The Weather Station  The Weather

Chronixx  Chronology

Sarah Jane Scouten  When The 
Bloom Falls From The Rose

Oh Susanna   A Girl In Teen City

Abigail Lapell   Hide Nor hair

Zamunda         Scripts and Scrolls

Home Free   Timeless

Coldjack   Spitfire Angels

Minotaurs   AUM

Christine Bougie    Whistle 
                         Up A World

Selwyn Birchwood   Pick Your

Mark Kelso`s Jazz Exiles   Elementals

Chris Ronald  Fragments

Maestro Fresh Wes   Coach Fresh

"For each age is a dream that is dying,
Or one that is coming to birth." 




And Epic E.P.s: 

Ann Vriend                               Anybody's Different
Iman & The Wasted La-La's    
                                                 Home Is Where My Feet Are
Tasha T.                                   Hot  New Singles
Lily Frost                                  Rebound
Richie Flo                                Life, Love & Music 
Melanie Peterson                    Refresher Vol 1
Lenka Lichtenberg and Eccodeck as Lenkkodek                                                                      Open Your Ears

I hope you feel inspired to listen up to 
some of these fine recordings. 
Merry Christmas, and the best wishes of the season 
to all, worldwide, within the Orbital range.
~ Corby ~

Saturday, December 16, 2017

CFMA's Gala 2017 Night 1: Formidable Canadian Folk Perform As Awards Come Tumbling Down

Even the concrete at your feet in Ottawa holds the legacy of our songwriting heritage.

A huge sampling of the most talented musicians in Canada came to Ottawa in November, re-invigorating and exemplifying the tradition of virtuosic songcraft that we celebrate every year with the presentation of the Canadian Folk Music Awards. This year, performances by nominees were interspersed with official recognitions of excellence in eighteen categories.

On two consecutive nights, Newfoundland musician / curator  Jean Hewson and the perennially feisty and congenial Benoit Bourque were  the proprietors of the crowd's attentions at the Bronson Center as a dozen acts and two impromptus demonstrated the Olympic levels of musicianship and articulation of emotion that thrive in our land, despite indifferent media coverage and a largely homemade infrastructure.

Straight out of the gate, a news flash: MAZ has a new electronista keyboard player and they are still serving up their robust trad rhythm shots.


Twin Flames brought Inuk / Mohawk / Metis patterns and registers to garnish their intricate folk - rock.

Beyond The Pale inundated the audience with virtuosic ensemble work and breath-taking solos in a panoramic Eurofolk dosage from their unique Ruckus album.

Recipient of this year's Unsung Hero Award, for his deep involvement with Newfoundland culture, affable and merry Gerry Strong treated us to a medley of his favourite tunes. Accompanied by our nimble hostess Jean Hewson, he took his pennywhistle manipulations to Nascar levels of tight cornering, breakneck shifting and near-suicidal all-outs on the  straightaways.
After a schmooze - intensive intermission, brought to a head by the estimable hospitality of Beau's Lugtread, Montreal alt folk sensation BEYRIES and her hearty band of one multi-instrumentalist played a tightly arranged set of intense balladry.

Nuevo soca ensemble Kobo Town brought a rich rhythmic thrill and revived the hip joints of the crowd with a showcase of selections from Where The Galleon Sank, which won them the World Group Of The Year prize soon afterward.

A hard act to follow, but multiple winner for the evening, Danny Michel, gave us a rousing finale. With only a rocking Gibson to wield, he immersed the whole venue in his cheerful overflow of good spirits and some major twang. 
Standout songs were Click Click and Nobody Rules You


A concept to end the night with a singalong of a great song by Small Glories pretty much failed because the phrasing of the lyrics was so very slippery to grasp, 
even with preparation.
Either of Danny's songs, for example, might better serve for the choice next year.
Overwhelming night of music, though, expertly sequenced and eloquently presented.
Apres tout, Thank-you-merci. 

Photos (mostly) by Leonard Poole

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Playlist For Show Of 8 December

Commissioner of Selection: Paul Corby 

(Brought to you by Ample Fires, Beasts Of Burning and Cinders Of Gravity ) 

Guests: Suzy Wilde, Alison & Lisa of The Dirty Dishes

5-7 p.m. Fridays online and at .  
Canadians in Asterisk’d RED. 

5:00 Heavy Deeps

+ Donne Roberts ~ Sing Along With Me ~ Internation

* The Achromatics ~ Moctezuma ll ~ Give Me That Beat NEW DISK~ @ The Black Swan for Winterfolk Blues & Roots Festival Preview Saturday

Abdullah Ibrahim ~ The Perfumed Garden Wet With Rain ~ Africa - Tears And Laughter (1979) ~ @ Koerner Hall 21 April 2018

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan remixed by Belly Sagoo ~ Dum Dum Ali Ali ~ Magic Touch

5:20 That Was Now

The Allman Brothers Band ~ Southbound ~ Gold ~ Eat A Peach Tribute To The Allman Brothers @ Lee's palace Saturday

The Black Keys ~ Dearest ~ Rave On ~ The Buddy Holly Story 12-14 December @ Bathurst St. Theatre

Irma Thomas ~ May Every Day Be Christmas ~ Holidays Rule

Aaron Nathan & Michael G. Ronstadt ~ The Strength To Not Fight Back ~ Hang On For The Ride NEW DISK

Ron Sexsmith ~ Only Trouble Is ~ The Last Rider ~ @ Massey Hall Saturday

* Kim Beggs ~ On Christmas Time ~ NEW SONG

5:45 Torque Wise

Lorde ~ Perfect Places ~ Melodrama

* So Long Seven ~ No Jazz For Elvis ~ Kala Kalo NEW DISK

The Souljazz Orchestra ~ StateTerrorism ~ Manifesto ~ @ Velvet Underground tonight

6:00 Home Plates

* The Dirty Dishes ~ Midnight Fire / Interview / Rocky Top (live) / Frankie & Johnny (live) / Paris For Christmas NEW SONG

6:30 Feminine Infinity

* Andrea Menard ~ Four Directions Prayer ~ Lift ~ @ Lula Lounge Wednesday 13 December for Songbirds & Nightingales Of Turtle Island

* Meaghan Smith ~ A Little Love ~ The Cricket Quartet EP

* Piper Hayes ~ Big Red ~ Piper & Carson NEW DISK @ The Black Swan for Winterfolk Blues & Roots Festival Preview Saturday

6:45 Afrostructures

Jimmy Smith (December 8, 1925 – February 8, 2005) with Kenny Burrell~ Fever ~ Blue Bash

* D. D. Jackson ~ For Monk sake ~ Peace Song ~ @ Living Arts Center Saturday for Oscar Peterson and Oliver Jones: A Celebration

Invisible Pair Of Hands ~ Sloppy ~ Disparation / Toronto Music Listings

* The Willows ~ What Are You Waiting For ~ Tea For Three ~ @ Jazz Bistro tonight & @ Lula Lounge Sunday for Daily Bread Food Bank Benefit We Sing For Their Supper