on traditional sounds and contemporary influences for their
timeless melodies, Tamarack is folk music at its best. With
vocal harmonies as true as the stories they have to tell, Tamarack's
music explores the Canadian landscape and the people and events
that shape our national character.
weaving a rich wall of sound with an array of instruments (guitar,
mandolin, bass, violin, bazouki, concertina, bodhran, pennywhistle),
a Tamarack live performance is charged with the same passion
and commitment as the characters in their songs. With finely-honed
songwriting skills this group creates new songs out of old legends,
literally making history sing.
of Tamarack go beyond place and time to speak to all of us about
where we've been and where we're going.
is a trio consisting of Alex Sinclair (guitar, mandolin, vocals),
Molly Kurvink (bass guitar, vocals) and Duncan Cameron (violin,
mandolin, concertina, bodhran, pennywhistle, guitar, bazouki,
vocals). We're based in Ontario, Canada, and for several years
we have travelled throughout Canada, the United States, England
and Scotland, performing at festivals, concerts, schools, libraries
- indeed almost every kind of venue imaginable. We recently
released our sixteenth album - Tree.
been commissioned to write dozens of individual songs, as well
as whole song cycles on the heritage of Ontario's Rideau Canal,
Grand River, and Muskoka areas. We have done soundtracks for
films and videos, and scores for dance troupes and theatre productions.
We have produced two CBC television specials - on the Rideau
Canal and the Grand River - and provided the music and on-camera
talent for a Global TV production about the music of Ontario.
written orchestral arrangements of our songs for the Thunder
Bay Symphony Orchestra. We have acted as musical directors for
theatre companies. We have facilitated many school workshops
- both musical and theatrical - encouraging the creative abilities
of students. We have run seminars on the music business and
on songwriting, promoted concerts and sat on the boards of festivals
and municipal arts organizations. Alex Sinclair, long-time Tamaracker,
has written over two hundred songs of political satire for the
CBC radio network.
a lot of bases. But mostly what we do is write really good songs
and perform them well. Our context is Canadian history, with
a major in the heritage of our home province of Ontario, but
what we care about is people and how they make a community,
and that's why American and British audiences have been so receptive
to our performances. Tamarack's music is simply a passionate
reflection of the people we've met along the way and the communities
that have opened their doors to us.
once said of us, "This is a band who knows what the music
they play should sound like, and knows how to make it sound
that way." And we think that's an honour.
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