And for a final Canada Day weekend bonus: Stan singing his great western farming song ‘Field Behind the Plow’
And to finish off our festival of Canadian music for Canada Day weekend, there can really only be one closing song.
For this Canada Day holiday Monday, one of Canada’s finest living songwriters plays one of his finest songs.
Our Canada weekend continues with Gordon Lightfoot’s ‘The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald’. I have a very clear memory of the time I first heard this song on the radio; at the time I was used to short lyrical songs, so a longer, narrative piece seemed a little unusual to me. Now that I sing traditional songs, I understand the form a lot better. I think this is a true Canadian classic – but then, so many of Lightfoot’s songs fit into that category!
Two for the price of one tonight. Yes, folks, this is the Arrogant Worms in all their glory.
Forty years after I first heard ‘All the Diamonds’ in a live concert at Ontario Place, it’s still one of my favourites. ‘Gifts’ was a new one for me, though, and I like it too. Note that Bruce is playing a baritone guitar here.
The picture isn’t that good but the music is wonderful. This is Edmonton’s own Maria Dunn, a national treasure in my opinion, with a song about coal miners in the Crowsnest Pass in the early part of the 20th century. If you’ve never heard Maria before, google her, and then do yourself a favour and buy every CD she’s ever recorded. I’ll help you: here’s her website.