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Stranger Songs
Tuesday May 28th, 2024 with Mike Regenstreif
50 years ago, I took over The Golem, Part 1

It was just over 50 years ago, on May 24, 1974, that I took over running The Golem, a Montreal folk club. All of the songs on this show were played back in the day by artists who performed during my two tenures running the Golem – from 1974 until 1976 and from 1981 until 1987. The photo is me on stage at the Golem in 1975. Another show, featuring many more of the Golem performers, will be heard on the June 18 edition of Stranger Songs. Click on LISTEN NOW to hear this show. Click on LISTEN to hear the current CKCU broadcast.
fragment of The Stranger Song
Leonard Cohen - Songs of Leonard Cohen - Columbia/Legacy Canadian
Fool Like Me
Bruce Murdoch - Bruce Murdoch - Radio Canada International Canadian
(You’ve Got) Sawdust on the Floor of Your Heart
Sneezy Waters - Live in the CKCU studio during Stranger Songs – July 4, 2023 Canadian
Going Away
Jim Ringer - Waitin’ for the Hard Times to Go - Folk-Legacy
Down the Road
Mary McCaslin - Way Out West - Philo
Pearl River Turnaround
Chris Rawlings - Pearl Soupe - Cooking Fat Music Canadian
Tell Me Why You Like Roosevelt
Jesse Winchester - Learn to Love It - Stony Plain Canadian
Willie Moore
Kate & Anna McGarrigle & Roma Baran - Tell My Sister - Nonesuch Canadian
Three O’Clock Ride
Ronney Abramson - Three O’Clock Ride – single - Ronney Abramson Canadian
Artie Traum - The Test of Time - Roaring Stream
Ain't Life a Brook
Ferron - Not a Still Life - Cherrywood Station Canadian
Bill Staines - Miles - Mineral River
Andy’s Gone with Cattle
Priscilla Herdman - The Water Lily - Philo
Now I'm Easy
Eric Bogle - Scraps of Paper - Flying Fish
Larimer Street
Utah Phillips - The Telling Takes Me Home - Philo
Postcard from India
Rosalie Sorrels - Travelin' Lady - Sire
Eastern Beer
Tom Mitchell - 1976 live recording – used with permission
Defying Gravity
Mimi Fariña - Live in Germany: To Benefit Bread & Roses - Dogfish Music Canadian
Outward Bound
Tom Paxton - The Compleat Tom Paxton (Even Compleater) - Rhino Handmade
Hold On
Odetta - Odetta at Carnegie Hall - Vanguard
Green, Green Rocky Road
Dave Van Ronk - …and the tin pan bended, and the story ended… - Smithsonian Folkways
Steamboat Whistle Blues
John Hartford - Aereo-Plain - Rounder
Ticket Back
Skyline with Tony Trischka - Ticket Back: A Retrospective - Flying Fish
There’s a Light Beyond These Woods
Nanci Griffith - There’s a Light Beyond These Woods - Philo
The Mary Ellen Carter
Stan Rogers - Between the Breaks…Live! - Fogarty's Cove/Borealis Canadian
fragment of The Stranger Song
Leonard Cohen - Songs of Leonard Cohen - Columbia/Legacy Canadian
Interactive CKCU
Neil & The Dancing Labrador
I love flashbacks, Mike. looking forward to the show today. Even if it reminds me that the only way to truly know my age is to cut off my leg and count the rings lol. Thanks for the curating!

9:10 AM, May 28th, 2024
Mike Regenstreif (host)
Thanks Neil.

10:13 AM, May 28th, 2024
Joanne Hurley
Great show. So many artists that you've introduced/reintroduced me to. I like to think that in an alternate timeline I spent all my time at The Golem, listening to all of my heroes. Your show is the next best thing. And I can hear them whenever I want. Peace, Mike.

2:37 PM, May 28th, 2024
Mike Regenstreif (host)
Thanks Joanne.

3:06 PM, May 28th, 2024
Joanne Hurley
FYI, Mike, Stan Rogers was celebrated this past Sunday and Monday on Iain Anderson's show on BBC Radio Scotland, showing just how far his fame spread and how well he's remembered.

3:20 PM, May 28th, 2024
Mike Regenstreif (host)
Thanks for the info, Joanne.

3:28 PM, May 28th, 2024
Samantha D.
I have so many great memories of concerts at the Golem with some of these artists and many more. I'm loving this show and looking forward to June 18. Thanks for all the music and all the memories, Mike.

3:46 PM, May 28th, 2024
Mike Regenstreif (host)
Thanks Samantha.

3:47 PM, May 28th, 2024
Neil & The Dancing Labrador
Such a sweet trip down Memory Lane, Mike. Thank you!! Reminds me how much I miss the old Ottawa Folk Festival when it was out at Britannia Park! Mark did a great job resurrecting the festival as City Folk, but it's just not the same vibe. We are so lucky to have historians like you to share past moments in time.

4:51 PM, May 28th, 2024
Mike Regenstreif (host)
Thanks again, Neil.

4:52 PM, May 28th, 2024
Neil & DL
Nanci Griffith was a wonderful treat, Mike. Thank you for the introduction!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

4:54 PM, May 28th, 2024
Mike Regenstreif (host)
Nanci used to close her shows at the Golem in the '80s with that song. Probably my second favorite of her original songs (after "Banks of the Pontchartrain" which she wrote in my apartment in Montreal).

4:56 PM, May 28th, 2024
Old Folkie who Remembers The Golem

5:00 PM, May 28th, 2024
Mike Regenstreif (host)
Thanks Old Folkie.

5:00 PM, May 28th, 2024
You are such a gracious host, Mike! You reply to everyone. It is special to me that you share your passion for the music and a little of your personal past that brings to life your commitment to the music!! The Mighty is blessed to have you!!

5:44 PM, May 28th, 2024
Mike Regenstreif (host)
Thanks Neil. I really appreciate that.

6:03 PM, May 28th, 2024