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The Return of Come by the Hills and Sara Smiles!

Hello! After several weeks on hiatus, I am happy to announce the return of both Come by the Hills, to Folk and Celtic music show, and Sara Smiles to Mushroom FM. Come by the Hills will be resuming this coming Saturday, January 28, with a Robby Burns special as well as a listener tribute, and Sara Smiles will be back beginning on January 30. Both shows will be at their usual times.

Taking a Break

Hello! Sara Hillis here to let you know that, unfortunately, I need to take a hopefully short break from doing Mushroom things. I just found out last evening that my father has died, and I can tell you right now that I just can't summon the energy to do the radio host thing at the moment. I barely managed to record today's show, but it was difficult. So, I hope to be back with you on Monday for Sara Smiles, but we'll see how my sleep is affected going forward and such.

Revisiting the Kings and Queens Episode from September 10, 2022 and Planning a Tribute to Ian Tyson, this Week on Come by the Hills!

Well, a new year is almost upon us, so in the spirit of reflection on the year that is past, I thought I'd present an encore presentation of the episode featuring songs about Kings and Queens which we did on Come by the Hills to commemorate the death of Queen Elizabeth II and the accession to the throne of King Charles III. Here in Canada, we are still a constitutional monarchy, and, I think it's fair to say that whether you believe in that or not, this was a big change and the end of one era and the beginning of a new one.

The Final Sara Smiles of the Year, Come by the Hills for Christmas, and Christmas with the Carpenters!

Hello! Sara Hillis here to give you a round-up of what's happening over the next few days in Sara-land here on Mushroom FM!

First, I'll be taking a week off from producing Sara Smiles between Christmas and New Years, so this Friday's show will be the final Sara Smiles of 2022. The show will resume its regular schedule on Monday, January 2, 2023.

It's a Ghost of December Past, this Tuesday on Come by the Hills!

Hello! Sara Hillis here just checking in to let you know that there *will* be a Come by the Hills show on Tuesday at the usual replay time of 5:00 AM Eastern, despite the fact that it was preempted in its original time-slot on Saturday by the amazing and fantabulous Mushroom FM Holiday Countdown! I've got an encore presentation from December 18, 2021 for you. It took place on the eve of last year's countdown, so you'll hear references to that, and you'll hear lots of songs about winter. some of the promos will be a bit off, but I hope you'll enjoy it.

Under a Winter's Moon, this Week on Come by the Hills!

Hello! Sara Hillis here to give you the skinny (the scoop? the straight goods?) on what's coming up this week on Come by the Hills, Mushroom FM's Folk and Celtic music show. For most of the first couple of hours, we'll be featuring a brand new seasonal offering from Loreena McKennitt, this time recorded live, while sprinkled throughout the show and especially in the third hour, we'll feature songs about Winter itself from artists such as Gordon Lightfoot, Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen and The Kingston Trio. We'll even have a bit of Jethro Tull!

It's a Hodgepodge of Holiday and Non-holiday Things, this Week on Come by the Hills!

Hello, hello! Sara Hillis here to preview this week's blessedly live edition of Come by the Hills! Yes, I'm actually taking to the air waves in real time today (Saturday) at 2:00 PM Eastern with a bunch of great Folk and Celtic music, some festive and some not. We've got a couple of favourites which often make our Mushroom FM Holiday Countdown, we've got some of my favourites and hopefully some of yours, and we've got Me Music as well! In short, it'll be a fun time as always!

Scottish Songs for St. Andrew's Day and Something Special, this Week on Come by the Hills!

Hello! Sara Hillis here to tell you about this week's upcoming episode of Come by the Hills, the Folk and Celtic music show on Mushroom FM! We've got a whole bunch of songs from Scotland in honour of St. Andrew's Day, which is coming up on November 30. Also, we're beginning to ring in the festive season with a half hour or so of holiday tunes in honour of the launch of voting for our annual Holiday Countdown and Christmas Party! Votes are now open, and the countdown will take place live on Mushroom FM on Saturday, December 17, 2022, from 7:00 AM Eastern to 5:00 PM Eastern.

It's a Folkish Phantasmagoria, this Week on Come by the Hills!

Hello! Sara Hillis here to let you know what's happening on today's very imminent episode of Come by the Hills, the Folk and Celtic music show here on Mushroom FM! First, it's a voicetracked show this week, but there's no shortage of great music for you to enjoy. We've got a really neat song by Roy Bailey which I've not played before on the show, a really cool version of Barbara Alan, some Me Music, and much, much more!

Lest We Forget, this Week on Come by the Hills!

It's almost time for another episode of Come by the Hills, Mushroom FM's Folk and Celtic music show. This time, we're presenting an episode originally aired on November 8, 2020, in honour of Remembrance Day. This means that you'll hear some out-of-date promos and such. Also, at that time, the show was presented on Sundays at 8:00 PM eastern rather than Saturdays at 2:00 PM Eastern, so you'll notice some differences there as well. The episode is very good, however, and I have some things to catch up on this weekend, so I hope it won't be too disorientating for you.

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