The Great Canadian Songbook is designed for adults, kids, schools, musicians, choirs, and sing-a-longs at home, the cottage or the camp-fire. Volume I fills a huge gap in the books of Canadian music. Currently there are collections of music from different provinces and regions, by individuals and bands, music on some themes, old collections of folk music, and books with assorted music. But there was no single volume that brought together national anthems, provincial anthems, the most famous historical pieces, the most popular traditional songs, songs about the whole country and its regions, and all the basic Canadian themes like love, the climate, war, immigration, the environment, and hardship, and the activities like fishing, ship-building, smuggling, the fur trade, farming, mining, railroads and trucking, travel, dancing and hockey. This book includes music on all of these topics. Volume II will add another 50-60 songs to the collection. It contains music by many of Canada’s best composers, Oscar Brand, Bim, Bruce Cockburn, Stompin’ Tom, Connie Kaldor, Lennie Gallant, Roy Griff, Wade Hemsworth, James Keelaghan, Darryl Landry, Gordon Lightfoot, Allister MacGillivray, Murry McLaughlin, Rita MacNeil, Jimmy Rankin, Stan Rogers, Alex Sinclair, Hank Snow, Stevedore Steve, and Ian Tyson, just to name a few and with apologies to the others.
The book includes: L’Acadie, Alberta Rose, Ballad of the Bluenose, Ballad of St. Anne’s Reel, Barrett’s Privateers, The Blackfly Song, Boom Gone to Bust, Canadian Pacific, Canadian Railroad Trilogy, The Canadian Trucker, Farewell to Nova Scotia, The Farmer’s Song, Forever, My B.C., Four Strong Winds, Donkey Riding, Going Down the Road, A Golden Age of Wind and Wood and Sail, Heading for Halifax, Hillcrest mine, Jack Was Every Inch a Sailor, the Log Driver’s Song, Manitoba Man, The Maple Leaf Forever, The Hockey Song, My Nova Scotia Home, Nellie J. Banks, North Country, Northwest Passage, Now That the Buffalo’s Gone, O Canada, Once a Canadian Lad, Rocky Mountain Suite, Prince Edward Island Shanty, The Red River Valley, She’s Called Nova Scotia, Something To Sing About, Song for the Mira, Squid-Jiggin’ Ground, Sudbury Saturday Night, Summer Wages, Saskatoon Moon, Teamwork, This Land Is Your Land, Train of Dreams, When the Ice Worms Nest Again, Will Ye Come Away, Woman of Labrador, and Workin’ on the Railway.
If any of your favourite songs are missing from Volume I, please let us know – your votes will help determine the contents of Volume II, just like consultations with hundreds of Canadians determined the contents of Volume I.
Canadian Fiddle Music Volume I was compiled and published in 1990 by Ed Whitcomb and re-published by Mel Bay Publications, Inc, in 1999. Canadian Fiddle Music Volume II was published in 2001 by Ed Whitcomb. The two volumes constitute the largest collection of original Canadian fiddle music available. Each volume contains an essay explaining violins, fiddles and bows, the origins of fiddle music in Europe, Scottish and Irish fiddling, and the different styles of Canadian fiddle music including French Canadian, Métis, Cape Breton, Down East, Central and Western Canadian styles, and a description of fiddle competitions.
The fifteen different types of music are explained, including the reel, jig, polka, schottische, hornpipe, march, two-step, and strathspey. Each book contains examples of all the different types of music, by many of the best fiddlers in Canada, organized by composer from sea-to-sea, plus biographies of all the composers and an extensive bibliography. Guitar chords are provided, and the names of most tunes are explained. Over 300 fiddlers, musicians, experts and supporters of traditional music volunteered their tunes, time, and ideas to create these books.
Canadian Fiddle Music, Volume II contains 350 tunes by 210 fiddlers from sea-to-sea. It also contains a French translation of the essay and a section with examples of piano chord patterns or styles by eight of the best pianists in Canada, plus one by Ed. Price: $39.95.
CANADIAN FIDDLE MUSIC, VOLUME II
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