Iconic Canadian broadcaster Terry David Mulligan has conducted some truly memorable interviews over the span of his 50 year career. The Mulligan Stew podcast features some of Terry's best interviews, past and present. Expect intimate and engaging conversations with compelling characters from the world of music, film, wine, food and beyond.
Dominique Fils-Aime Interview New Album 'Our Roots Run Deep'
Dominique Fils-Aimé presents her fourth album Our Roots Run Deep.
Dominique Fils-Aimé is a JUNO Award-winning singer-songwriter from Montreal. Her new album invites us to deep dive into the roots of her soul with a strong desire to connect with one's higher self and the desire to surround you in a soothing aural embrace.
On stage, whether in Canada, in Europe or the USA, Dominique Fils-Aimé’s magnetic presence on stage leads the audience on a transcendent journey.
The Montreal-based JUNO award-winning singer-songwriter put the history of African-American musical culture into the heart of her work, reflecting on the social realities that influenced the genres of blues, jazz and soul. Her previous trilogy shed light on the history of Afro-American music, inspired by soul icons such as Billie Holiday, Nina Simone and Etta James.
2018's Nameless, was about confronting historical silences and sorrows. This blues-tinged album led to two sold-out shows at the Montreal International Jazz Festival in 2018.
Her second album, Stay Tuned! was a call for revolution. This album won the 2020 JUNO Award for Vocal Jazz Album of the Year.
Dominique Fils-Aimé [FEES-em-AY] closed the final chapter of the trilogy with Three Little Words, a call for reconciliation. The record received rave reviews in prestigious publications all around the world. It made the Polaris Short List and claimed the #1 spot for best-selling album in Quebec and #2 in Canada.
In her fourth album entitled Our Roots Run Deep, Dominique crafts her latest album with a loose, dreamlike narrative structure that tells a story of growth. For Dominique, nature acts as an anchor and creates the unique but interconnected journey of a human being.
"Just as we cannot see the mycorrhizal network that allows trees in a forest to communicate with each other underground," says Dominique. "I believe our souls do the same and that music can be a fertilizer for this invisible communication network."
Saturday night Feb 17 Dominique is appearing at Calgary’s Block Heater festival at Central United Church. When she takes the stage at 8:55 Dominique will not only charm the audience in the Church but will be streamed live on the CKUA Radio Network. Province-wide in Alberta and heard on the CKUA App.
Alan Doyle Interview and New Album ‘Welcome Home’
Feb 9th Alan Doyle releases his next album Welcome Home
Feb 10 he guests on Mulligan Stew
“I have always struggled with the middle ground. I love playing live so much and I have rightly been accused of writing songs more for concerts than albums. Most people who come to my shows want that kind of night out. So, I have overlooked the lower and slower: The lower part of my vocal range and the slower songs. I’m letting myself do that for the first time on this record.”
Alan’s 6th solo album and 20th of his career. Alan is celebrating 30 years in music.
He’s been co-writing songs for Welcome Home with Donovan Woods, Jimmy Rankin and actor Oscar Isaac.
Alan starts a 45-night North American tour Feb 20 with 2 nights in Kelowna.
Feb 29 – Edmonton N Jube
March 1 Calgary S Jube
March 9 Massey Hall
Alan Doyle is a first-class storyteller who takes us through the songs and stories.
We talk about Tell Tale Harbour the play he produced.
Also was involved in The Tribute to Ron Hynes Album
And he has yet another best-selling book coming.
The beautiful Alan Doyle and his beautiful, beautiful band charging into 2024. At CKUA
Paradigm 2022 Heritage Collection - Canadian Whisky of the Year
Making great whisky is serious business.
Whisky takes time. You can create it and leave it in barrel “while your kids grow up and head off to college” kind of time.
For example, Paradigm Spirits -The Heritage Collection - Whisky of the Year in Canada spent 19 years in barrels. Then along came friends and partners Michelle deBus and Irma Joeveer who were just beginning their whisky journey. They purchased the filled barrels to start Paradigm.
Then blended in some Oloroso Sherry and found a stunning balance between the corn whisky and sherry.
Davin de Kergommeaux Canada’s Whisky authority and founder of the Canadian Whisky Awards describes The Heritage as having
“sublime complexity and elegance with fresh fruity top notes”
This is a really nice story of people who dreamt a dream of making whisky and how it all led to being named Whiskey of the Year in Canada. Besting 200 other whiskeys.
Our guests are Irma Joeveer and Michelle Debus
The 18th Annual Victoria Whisky Fest & Canadian Whisky Awards - Part 1
“Friendship is like Whisky – the older the better”
Yes, my friends, it's our annual trek to Victoria’s inner harbour for the 18th annual Victoria Whisky Festival and the Canadian Whisky Awards.
It was the founder of the awards Davin de Kergomeaux who whispered in my ear wondering why I wasn’t attending or tasting or writing about his Whisky Awards. On second thought I think the voice in my ear was me saying
“How could you possibly miss this?” just after I had missed the events about 6-7 years ago.
I knew almost nothing about Whisky but my thinking was the same as wine – 17 years ago – every interview is going to be a master class. Pay attention and you could learn all about wine and pass it on to the listeners.
I’m pleased to welcome to Tasting Room Radio –
Davin de Kergommeaux – founder of the Canadian Whisky Awards.
The Canadian Whisky Awards, held annually with the Victoria Whisky Festival, is the first and only competition dedicated solely to Canadian Whisky.
The Awards have become the first stop for whisky producers, distributors, retailers and fans looking for the very best Canadian whiskies.
Davin is the world’s leading authority on Canadian Whisky. He also has three books available on Canadian Whisky with a fourth coming in March!
Davin assembled 10 judges and sent them nearly 200 competing whiskies to blind taste. Davin announces the winner in his interview. We talk to the winners next week.
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Dr. Graeme Macaloney PEng, PhD. – Macaloney’s Island Distillery (Saanich)
Proud owner of 5 world whisky awards including World best Potstill – Kildara. They are a non-chilled, filtered, no colour-added distillery.
In our 8-10 minute interview, I think I asked 3 perhaps 4 questions – Dr. Graeme handled the rest.
It was like a masterclass. A charming man in a Cameron Kilt.
He won Gold for his 54ppm Peat Project.
Tish Harcus – Manager Canadian Club Whisky since 1988. Canadian Club itself since 1858.
James Neil – Bowmore Distillery. The oldest distillery in Islay. On the shores of Lochindaal since 1779. Also home to one of the world’s oldest Scotch maturation warehouses – The No. 1 Vault.
James poured Bowmore 22 Aston Martin
They took part in the Great Whisky Debate with
Micah Dew from Maker’s Mark.
Words flew, one-liners were exchanged and they still remain long-time friends. Micah was busy with a masterclass but we thank Tish and James for coming by.
Chris Read –Shelter Point Distillery. Campbell River.
Distinctly Vancouver Island. Uniquely Shelter Point.
By the time Chris sat down we knew Shelter Point had won 2 Bronze medals for their Oak Cask Single Malt (smoke, spices, honey, leather and a wiff of ocean)
and their flagship Evans Family Reserve.
(vanilla, tannins, dark chocolate, coconut, citrus, berries, cloves.)
Chris explained the unique influences in their island location. It was like poetry.
Double Feature: Russ Kunkel (The Immediate Family) And The 2024 Critics Choice Awards Round Table
Let the names tell the story – With Waddy Wachtel, Danny Kortchmar, Leland Sklar and drummer, producer, and writer Russ Kunkel created and played music history.
Historic albums by Carole King, Jackson Brown, James Taylor, Warren Zevon, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Linda Ronstadt, David Crosby, Graham Nash, Steven Stills, Neil Young, Kate and Anna McGarrigle, Jimmy Buffet, JJ Cale, Ringo, Lyle Lovett, George Harrison, Dolly, Linda and Emmylou The Trio album, Stevie Nicks, Don Henley, Bob Seger, Bonnie Raitt, Tracey Chapman, Joe Walsh, BB King, Steve Winwood.
On and On and ON.
Now, along with seasoned guitarist and vocalist Steve Postell, they’ve established the opportunity to be their band. The Immediate Family. Their new album Skin in the Game arrives Feb 16.
Skin in the Game references the fact that they aren’t sidemen here. It’s not a play-and-walk-away kind of thing. They’re taking the music they wrote and played, out on the road for themselves. No one else.
For the rest of the story, check out the documentary The Immediate Family. Screening now.
The annual Critics Choice Awards take place in LA Sunday at 7 PM Eastern.
Hosted by Chelsea Handler.
Ive gathered four opinionated critics (are there any other kind)
We met on Zoom and went at it.
Discussing the film year 2023 and who’s going to win what…
Shawn Edwards Kansas City
Hillary Atkin LA
Teri Hart Toronto
Bonnie Laufer Toronto
It’s a wild ride friends..come along.
Remembering Winemaker Mike Grgich - The man who changed the World of Wine
Mike Grgich – His 1976 Napa Chardonnay in USA/France blind tasting in Paris was The Shot Heard Round the World.
Winemaker Mike Grgich died Dec 13th 2023. He was 100 years old.
This is his story, as told to yours truly into a nasty microphone in the lobby of the Hotel Vancouver 2016.
He had just released his memoir A Glass Full of Miracles.
(Note – on his way from Croatia to Napa he travelled across the Atlantic and by train across Canada to Vancouver for a lumberjack job he had applied for. The job was gone by the time he reached the west coast. So, Mike washed dishes until he heard of a winemaking job in Napa and South he went)
Steven Spurrier, a wine expert from England who ran a fine wine shop in Paris, decided it would be fun to organize a blind tasting to coincide with America’s Bicentennial celebrations in 1976. For the tasting, he gathered together the best French judges, and the finest French wines, and to salute America on its 200th anniversary he added in a few wines from some upstart winemakers in California. Steven hoped the tasting would bring favourable attention to his wine shop. But he didn’t have any idea of the impact that his Bicentennial tasting would have on the world of wine.
André Tchelistcheff, along with Jim Barrett, had hand-carried an armload of California wines to Paris for the competition. The blind tasting was held at the InterContinental Hotel in the center of Paris. The morning competition was devoted to white wines and the afternoon to reds. And Steven Spurrier brought together the very best white wines of Burgundy: a 1973 Meursault-Charmes, a 1973 Beaune Clos des Mouches, a 1973 Bâtard-Montrachet, and a 1972 Puligny-Montrachet Les Pucelles.
Alongside these French legends, there was the 1973 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay crafted by Mike Grgich, and other Chardonnays from California that the French judges had never heard of either. The judges expected to sniff and gag when they tasted the California wines.
But it didn’t happen that way. The nine French judges blind-tasted the white wines and graded each of them. The winner was the Chateau Montelena Chardonnay that Mike Grgich had made, with 132 points, the highest total scored of any of the wines, red or white, in the tasting. It was the champion! Then, to add insult to injury, the third and fourth places went to Chalone Vineyard and Spring Mountain Vineyard.
In the afternoon tasting of the red wines, the French judges gave their top ranking to Warren Winiarski for his 1973 Stag’s Leap Cabernet Sauvignon, beating the best wines of Bordeaux, among them a 1970 Château Mouton-Rothschild, a 1970 Château Haut Brion, a 1970 Château Montrose from Saint-Estèphe, and a 1971 Château Léoville-Las-Cases from Saint-Julien.
The judges were shocked as was Steven Spurrier.
Upstarts from Napa Valley had won both categories, against the very best wines of France. The French judges were speechless and a few tried to suppress the results, but without success. The following week, George Tabor’s story in Time magazine announced the American triumph, and it sent shock waves throughout the world of wine. Mike received the news that they had won by a congratulatory telegram from Jim Barrett in Paris. That was the first he learned that his wine was even in the competition.
Soon, though, the importance of what had happened began to sink in..
On July 4, 1977, Mike Grgich and Austin Hills, of the Hills Bros. Coffee Company, broke ground to start Grgich Hills Cellar, which from the start sold wines that were in high demand, based on Mike Grgich’s reputation as the winemaker who won the Paris Tasting. Gradually, the winery purchased 366 acres, spread over five vineyards within the Napa Valley, allowing all Grgich Hills wines to be produced solely from estate-grown grapes. In recognition of that significant achievement, the winery changed its name to Grgich Hills Estate.
The Paris Tasting revolutionized
The tradition continues!
TDM gave voice to rising indie artists earlier in his career and remains a conduit for the stories of those journeys, and for other artists too.
As a former university radio DJ, both in studio and at venues, be it interviewing Junkhouse, The Skydiggers, Blue Rodeo and others how did you aspire to be like TDM? Emote your genuine interest in and respect for the leap artists continually take and help them feel at ease sharing their stories.
You are the master TDM. Thanks for continuing to do what you do best!
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We are so fortunate as Canadians to have Terry sharing his interviews with important musicians, celebrities and up and coming chefs. TDM has a way of engaging his interviews so they are candid, cmfortable and open to sharing not often heard perspectives. Looking forward to many more episodes!