Submitted by Sandy Graham
With my Scottish roots and my radio history, how could I not feel an instant kinship with Stevie Connor? The soft spoken burr of the lad from Scotland, now residing here in Canada is enchanting and his dream to make a difference in music is even more noble.
Six years ago, his wife to be Anne travelled to Scotland, to work for a short time in the land of her ancestors. The classic story; they met, fell in love and Stevie followed the lovely Anne back to Canada.
“Anne was instrumental in getting me to continue to do music when I got to Canada. She basically picked up the reins and managed me. I was a professional Piper playing at the highest level and spent 12 years in Edinburgh with the Edinburgh Police Pipe Band. I discovered Canadians have a place in their hearts for bagpipes. I could busk playing guitar, whistle and Pipes and making $400 in an afternoon. Anne would find the right pipe tunes or songs for me to play that would draw a crowd.”
Then fate opened a door. “In 2012 we were asked to do an internet radio show. Two hours was how we started. The short version of this story is we eventually were offered to lease the license and take over the radio station. We decided to do this and we never looked back, buying the station in 2013."
And so it became Blues and Roots Radio – The Voice of the Independent Artist.
“Supporting the indie artist is our mandate at BRR. We have presenters from all over the world who share the love of music. They are all knowledgeable and their shows reflect that knowledge. Most use their own personal collection for the playlists. We have an extremely good relationship with many Canadian community Radio Stations in Canada and around the world. We give the shows and the artists a greater audience globally, as well as having 20 shows that are produced exclusively for BRR."
A few of the presenters with regular rotation shows:
Neil King - Along the Tracks (U.K.)
James Doran – Inside the Blues (Ottawa, Canada)