Seventeen artists including folk legend Valdy, Juno Award winner Lynn Miles, and gospel guru Ken Whiteley, sing their praises and the songs of Canadian songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Ian Tamblyn on a new and loving tribute album. Inspired by five friends who set out to celebrate the creative work of a friend, colleague and mentor, "Coastline of Our Dreams" is more than a collection of songs, it is an inspired and affectionate reflection of the quiet but potent legacy of one man's journey as a song-smith, artist, and adventurer.


Originally from Thunder Bay, Ontario, Ian attended Trent University in Peterborough before moving to Ottawa in the early 70's. Co-founder of North Track Records, he was one of the first Canadian songwriters to release an independent recording, and later helped establish Ottawa's Acoustic Waves concert series and the Writer's Bloc songwriting collective. An accomplished lyricist, vocalist and instrumentalist (as well as playwright, environmentalist, explorer, producer, and expedition guide) Ian has 21 albums to his credit including natural sound and instrumental recordings. His most recent, and perhaps most ambitious project, is entitled "Machine Works", and marries industrial sound samples with original musical compositions.


Winner of a Juno, the Jackie Washington Award, the Ottawa Council for the Arts' Victor Tolgesy Award, The Helen Verger Award, and the prestigious Estelle Klein Award from the Ontario Council of Folk Festivals, Ian is also the recipient of a Japanese Folk Award and an Honorary Doctorate from Lakehead University, and has received nominations for an additional Juno, a Dora, and a Jessie Award.


When not on stage or in the studio Ian regularly leads adventure travel and scientific expeditions, with trips that range from the Arctic to the Antarctic. Inspiration from these voyages often find their way into song, soundtracks, stage productions, and multi media presentations.


At a time when most record companies and commercial DJ's are striving for maximum sales and listener-ship based on mass appeal and familiarity, 17 artists have come together to truly reflect, explore, and present the work of a maverick, and unsung Canadian artistFunded entirely by the friends, fans, and artists who conceived the project, "Coastline of Our Dreams" provides a dynamic and diverse view of Ian's catalogue of work, spanning over 35 years and 20 albums. Each track is a brave and revealing rendition of his work, presenting intimate interpretations of small town ballads, classic travelling tunes, instrumental musings, affairs of the heart, and high arctic dreamscapes.


All royalty proceeds from this project are being donated to the David Suzuki Foundation ( at the request of Ian Tamblyn. To purchase this CD use SGB Production's printable Order Form, or E-Mail:


Label: SGB Productions / 123 Walpole Ave. / Toronto ON M4L 2J4

Phone: 416-405-8768 /

Distributed by: Festival Distribution Ltd.


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Tamarack newest CD is Tree. This CD was commissioned by the Tree Canada Foundation, whose mission is to protect and renew the forests within the urban areas of Canada, and to educate people about the value of their neighbourhood trees.

Tree features 15 songs:

Plant a Tree - an anthem about the beneficial aspects of trees and an exhortation to plant more of them.
Firewood Song - A traditional folk song about a variety of woods and the pros and cons of using them as firewood.
Made From Trees - In September, 2000, Tamarack went to Manitoba to perform in several schools as part of the Stand Tall programme, which is partnered with Tree Canada. While we were there we wrote this song about a large number of everyday objects that come from trees.
The Ash Grove - Another traditional song with a sentimental, nostalgic bent, and a lovely string trio arranged by Shelley Coopersmith.
The Power of Ice - Written after the huge ice storm that devastated eastern Canada in 1998
Keep the Brown Side Down - Hey, that is the best way to plant a tree.
Le Temps des Sucres - A French language version of our song about maple syrup. Recorded live with guitar, fiddle, mandolin, and clogging feet.
Hold On, Caragana - Written by Don Freed of Saskatchewan, this song celebrates the Caragana bush that was introduced into western Canada to help hold down the soil during the dry Depression years.
North Vancouver Island Song - Ian Tamblyn, from QuŽbec, wrote this one to celebrate the regrowth of forests after logging on the west coast.
City Trees - City trees have a tough time, what with scarce water, dirty air, and kids swinging in the branches. We need to appreciate how much they improve our quality of life, and do more to protect them.
Hills of Evergreen - Sudbury used to be a barren place, where the trees had all been killed off by pollution from the smelting industry. In recent years, as pollution abated and people, including Tree Canada, planted millions of trees across the rocky hills, the landscape has softened under a regenerating forest.
Maple Syrup - The English version of our song about how maple syrup gets produced.
Gooderham Logging Camps - Tamarack facilitated a songwritn workshop at Gooderham Elementary School, and this is one of the songs written by the students there. It tells of the early days of their community when most of the men earned at least part of their living in the logging camps.
The Trees Came Back - Written by Tree Canada advisor Dr. Peter Murphy of Alberta wrote this song detailing some of the many programmes run by Tree Canada to help augment the urban forest in communities across Canada.

Tree was also produced by John Switzer. We were also assisted by a number of fine musicians, including Steve Briggs, John Adames, Randall Coryell, the students of Gooderham Elementary School, Kiki Misumi, Terry Tufts, Anne Lederman, and Steve Fruitman. Check out our order page.

Spirit and Stone was released in 2000. The CD deals with people and their relationship to the land. This is a common enough theme in Canadian art - we have a big country with a few million people and the land looms large in reality as well as in our imaginations. For Tamarack, a band that has toured many times throughout Canada, as well as the US and Britain, the land and its people have always inspired our best work.

Spirit and Stone features 12 Tamarack songs:

Oh, Donald - During the Highland Clearances the British troops would occasionally let the Scots know that they were no longer welcome in their own land by using precious milk to extinguish the home fire, and then they would burn down the house. The Scots who were reviled by the English press as lazy, shiftless, and worthless became the proud backbone and sinew of early Canada and built many of our corporate and religious institutions - railroads, banks, churches.
Retreating Like Tecumseh - a song about contemporary Canadian politics disguised in an arcane reference to a great native leader during the War of 1812. Tecumseh forged a grand alliance of First Nations to fight with the British against the Americans. In exchange, the British promised two things - that they would provide a permanent independent homeland for natives to protect them from the encroachment of white settlers, and that they would never retreat. Tecumseh died near Moraviantown Ontario keeping his promise even as the British retreated from theirs.
The Old Wood Stove - Even modern day homesteaders face problems that early settlers would recognize - surly bankers, a bland diet, and recalcitrant wildlife.
Steady On - A song inspired by our trip to Robin Hoods Bay in Yorkshire, England. The song has a country-blues tinge provided by Rick Fines' slide guitar; the lyrics include references to John Wesley, England's great hymnist, the funeral of Lal Waterson, one of England's greatest folk singers who dies just before we made it to her home town, and the title comes from one of our European agent's favourite sayings.
Water Run Over the Stone - a love song, if you can believe that Tamarack is capable of such a thing. Inspired partly by the Birks of Aberfeldy and mostly by the Nottawasaga River area of Ontario.
The Gradual Demise of All Things - a song about entropy.
Hi-Lo Reel - an instrumental written by Shelley Coopersmith.
1700 Years Ago - Mollys husband, Harri Palm, wrote this one for us. He's an avid outdoor kind of guy who likes imagining what our country looked like before all the people cluttered it up.
Those Fatal Lights - written by ex-Tamaracker James Gordon about the problem of tall buildings and migrating birds.
I Wish It Would Rain - an old Temptations song in honour (honor?) of Mollys early years in Motown.
Campfire Light - An early song from the magic pen of Ian Tamblyn, one of Canada's great natural resources. This song conveys a delight in camping, canoeing, dancing, and singing. It's as good a theme song as Tamarack has ever had.
Dans Le Nord Canadien - Zachary Richard is a Cajun from Louisiana who has spent a large part of his career in Quebec. This song expores some of the Cajun roots in Acadia - the eastern part of Canada from which the Acadians were exiled in 1755.

Spirit and Stone was produced by John Switzer. John was a member of Jane Siberrys band for many years and co-produced several of her albums. He has worked with many Canadian artists such as the blackflies, Grievous Angels, The Waltons ... and brings a fine ear and great musical suggestions to our recording process. It was a real pleasure working with him and we think that this new CD is a big step forward for us, while remaining true to the sound that Tamarack has forged over the years. Check out our order page.

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