Classic Canadian Songs from Smithsonian/Folkways

Classic Canadian Songs from Smithsonian/Folkways

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Overview

Smithsonian Folkways tackles the "Great White North" with its 72-minute ode to trappers, traders, and vagabonds with Classic Canadian Songs. Like all SF collections, the heavily researched liner notes and archival photos are as compelling as the tracks themselves -- it's hard not to love a record adorned with an old black-and-white picture of a group of distinguished looking ladies and gentlemen perched upon a frozen pond holding hockey sticks -- and they do wonders for putting some perspective on the musical melting pot that's been boiling over since the second biggest country in the world by area was colonized by the British and the French in the 1400s. Celtic and French reels, songs of the Cree, square dances, cowboy ballads, and seafaring odes to loves both won and lost populate this fine anthology, which is book-ended by a festive trapper drinking song and a series of "Moose and Bear Calls." Folkways fans will find these Classic Canadian Songs to be a fine addition to their collections.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/27/2006
Label: Smithsonian Folkways
UPC: 0093074053928
catalogNumber: 40539
Rank: 65318

Tracks

  1. Les Fraises et Les Framboises/Le Festin de Champagne/Ah! Si Mon Moine ...
  2. Lord Macdonald's Reel
  3. The Land of the Muskeg (And the Shining Birch Tree)
  4. Cree Greeting Song (Also Known as Shaking Hands Song)
  5. Le Reel de l'Harmonica (Also Known as Reel de Rimouski)
  6. The Northern Trappers' Rendezvous
  7. The Alberta Homesteader
  8. A Poor Lone Girl in Saskatchewan
  9. When the Ice Worms Nest Again
  10. The Oda G.
  11. The Ballad of Weldon Chan
  12. Chanson de Riel
  13. Tim Finnegan's Wake
  14. I's the B'y
  15. Tonts, Tonts!
  16. The Welcome Table
  17. The Heel and Toe Polka
  18. Cree Prisoner's Song
  19. Un Canadian Errant
  20. Maggie Howie
  21. Constitution Breakdown
  22. 'N Uair Nighidh Tú
  23. Anti-Confederation Song
  24. Danse Carré
  25. The Black Fly Song
  26. Hogan's Lake
  27. She's Like the Swallow
  28. The Gay Gordons (Scotland the Brave)
  29. Nootka Farewell Song
  30. Moose and Bear Calls

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Pete Seeger   Banjo
Bob Arbuckle   Fiddle
Karen James   Guitar,Vocals
Alan Mills   Vocals
Jean Carignan   Fiddle
Ruth Rubin   Vocals
George Davidson   Track Performer
Bob Hill   Guitar
Lee Cremo   Fiddle
Vincent Joe   Piano
Wilfred Paul   Guitar
N. Roy Clifton   Piano
Verner Mikkelson   Accordion
Gordon Fleming   Accordion
Charles Owens   Vocals
William Peaychew   Vocals,Hand Drums
Aldor Morin   Harmonica,Vocals
Stanley G. Triggs   Vocals
Tom Kines   Guitar,Vocals
William Burn Stick   Vocals,Hand Drums
Geraldine Sullivan   Vocals
Edgar Morin   Stick,Vocals,Voices
Richard   Vocals
Wade Hemsworth   Guitar,Vocals

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