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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
Stone features 12 Tamarack songs:
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.
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.