Saturday, January 30, 2016

Tamarack - Frobisher Bay (1993 Canada) [320]

Tamarack is a Canadian folk music group, formed in 1978 by James Gordon, Jeff Bird and Randy Sutherland. The members of the group have changed over the years. By 1986, Alex Sinclair had replaced Randy Sutherland. When Fields of Rock and Snow was released in 1991, Jeff Bird had left and Gwen Swick has joined. Molly Kurvink joined the group for the Leaving Inverarden album released in 1995. James Gordon is no longer part of the group when Spirit & Stone (2000) is recorded, which features Alex Sinclair, Molly Kurvink and Shelley Coopersmith.

Tamarack has often been invited to perform at Canadian folk festivals. They have frequently played the Hillside Festival (1985, 1988, 1991, 1994, 1999), in Guelph, Ontario which is home base for several members of the group. Other festivals where they have been featured include the Winnipeg Folk Festival (1984), Ottawa Folk Festival (1997) and The Shelter Valley Folk Festival (2010). In 1997 they were inaugurated into the Order of the Porcupine Music Hall of Fame[11] by Sugar Camp Music, a radio show produced by the University of Toronto campus radio station CIUT-FM.

Tamarack draws heavily on traditional themes, from their début track Tamarack on Music of Canada[2] through such songs as Mining for Gold and many jigs and the occasional polka in between.

The history and geography of Canada are also popular inspirations. Frobisher Bay and its title track Frozen in Frobisher Bay are named after an bay on Baffin Island in the Canadian Arctic. Leaving Inverarden starts with two stories taken from the history of the fur-trading North West Company in Canada; the title track Leaving Invergarden based on the story of John MacDonald, and the track Magdalen McGillivray about his sister who married William McGillivray.

A number of Tamarack songs have been covered by other artists. Mining for Gold, written by James Gordon based on a traditional theme, was on the Cowboy Junkies breakthrough album The Trinity Session. (Early Tamarack member Jeff Bird has done instrumental work on many Cowboy Junkies albums). Folk singer Laura Smith included the Leaving Inverarden song Magdalen McGillivray on her 2012 album Everything is Moving.

1.    Days of the Sun and Wind    3:13
2.    Oh, Klondike    4:07
3.    The Hangman's Eyes    4:06
4.    Frobisher Bay    3:36
5.    Loyal She Remains    3:10
6.    The Vacuum Song    4:48
7.    Charlie Fox    3:16
8.    Pamela    4:26
9.    No Herring Left in the Bay    2:15
10.    Alaska Highway Driver    2:37
11.    Logging Camp Christmas    4:41
12.    The Greenland Whale    5:03


Skylamb said...

Frobisher Bay
pw: folkyourself

Fred said...

Thanks for this. Is it possible to post more Tamarack?

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