Music

An album with myself on six and twelve string guitar with sax/flute player Scott Sheerin from 1981 with Daniel Lanois at the controls at Grant Ave. Studios, Hamilton, Ontario produced by Canadian folk musician David Essig. Recorded live to tape over two or three days.

The tunes are my compositions with collaboration from Scott Sheerin.

Appearances on some of the tracks were made by Canadian musicians Scott Merritt and Bob Becker with Kimberly Boyce, Carleen Amos and Paula Hassard. Contributions were also made by Jude Johnson and Rob Wallinger.

Hopefully this music will live on as a part of Yukon’s musical heritage. I like to think that time hasn’t eroded or dulled the lustre of our music. It still resonates for many listeners. I hope it does for you as well!

Preview the tracks with the player above. Purchase high quality downloads from cdbaby by following the link in the player or you can buy the compact disc, vinyl or cassette from cdbaby also. Tracks are available on iTunes and Spotify as well.

I’m intrigued with the idea of translating imagery into sound. Using a  program called Virtual ANS which allows you to do so, I loaded a picture of Stephen King and manipulated the following piece. Has a creepy tinge to it. How apropos!

This next track is a little more accessible from one of our sessions while exploring new ideas.  My dad’s art serves as the background. There’s a bit of distortion here and there because the remix had some issues. Will revisit at some point.

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18 thoughts on “Music

  1. I’m delighted to see that “Midnight Light” is available on CD. (I have it on vinyl.) Call me old fashioned, but I don’t shop on-line. If you would be kind enough to tell me the total cost of the CD, with taxes and shipping (to Burnaby, BC), I’d be delighted to mail you a cheque along with my mailing address.

  2. Hey Tim, Long time no see!! Glad the music still resonates, probably the best compliment ever! Thanks.

    How are you doing anyway?

    Cheers,
    John

  3. Thanks so much Valerie. Of course it’s fine to link to me. Glad you are writing about Mr. Farleigh, I enjoy his work so much.

    And glad you are hearing some of my music.

    Cheers,
    John

  4. Hello John, I’m delighted to have stumbled upon you- and Scott- in the same night. I had the pleasure of attending the concert in Faro when you and Scott played in 1981, I think it was. Your playing was the highlight of the festival for me. I was absolutely transported.

    This album has remained one of my favourites- it is timeless and rich with Canadian imagery. Thank you for having it available in CD form. I have a signed record, but I don’t own a record player anymore. When I listen to your playing I am transported to a very important time in my life.

    I’d like to buy a CD- I’m like Elizabeth- I don’t buy online…even though my music is sold that way too. Could you please send me one?

    Thanks. I love your art as well, by the way. I especially enjoy your woodcuts and the portraits photos. If you’re ever on Vancouver island I would welcome you and show you around.

    All the best,
    Joanna

  5. Hi Joanna,

    Thanks so very much for “stumbling” upon my site and for taking the time to write. Thanks also for the kind words. Yes, it’s been awhile since Farrago but I have visited Faro quite a few times over the last few years. Now that their mining boom is over it’s becaome a very agreeable community situated in the most beautiful location.

    I don’t often get to your neck of the woods but I will certainly let you know when I do. There’s another fantastic part of Canada that needs to be explored!

    I’ll email you directly about the CD.

    Cheers,
    John

  6. John:

    If all the teasures of the human creative endeavours over all time were the plums hanging on one tree, we may imagine what; maybe 1,000 plums and that is alot to keep track of, and this would include a Tommy Thompson and for me a David Blackwood and Joni’s Blue but it would also include this musical journey of yours so long ago. Having owned a copy since it’s inception year it has always registered it’s independant place in my memories and feelings.

    How is it that you have not revisited your musical journey and created another work? This somewhat mystifies me. Best to you..J

  7. Thanks Jimi, yes it’s hard to explain why I haven’t returned to composing music for the guitar. Listening to encouraging and humbling words like yours certainly gives me pause. I suppose it’s never too late. My guitars are in their respective cases waiting to be opened up and played.

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