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Northern Spirits

by Chris Rawlings

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Louis Riel 03:04
UFO Song 05:15


A phone call in the late evening mid-January, 2013: that's how this compilation of songs began. A retired bush pilot, Chick Bidgood reached out to find a song he had heard about his home of many years-Chibougamau, Quebec. We wound up collaborating on a song, Chick supplying vignettes of his experiences that I shaped into music and lyric. (Song of the Old Bush Pilot).
Then it was a sermon by Rev. Brent Hawkes, his interpretation of Ezekiel's vision (Ezekiel's Bones), and a collaboration with my wife, Lynn Heath. With Lynn's ever present call for positive action, we worked on a second song focusing on environmental and sectarian strife (Heavy Lifting).
In the midst of this creative spree, my 96 yr. old mother passed away. From her memoirs and the love and music we share came her song (The Lancashire Lass). And so it went: a previously recorded song that insisted reverting to the original melody (Tilting at Windmills), my song about Louis Riel (Louis Riel) followed by Riel's own composition in prison before he was hung for treason, a shanty based on the diaries and letters home of the sailors of the Erebus and Terror (Franklin's expedition-North by Northwest) and a song about a recent order of Canada recipient and his opportunistic relationship with the local folk (English Band in Le Studio). All of this and a snowshoeing tale (The UFO Song) make up the Northern Spirits album.
Thanks for listening


released October 14, 2014

Chris Rawlings-Northern Spirits [Cookingfat Music 2014]
Producer: Chris Rawlings, Steve Sherman; Rec. Toronto
Musicians: Chris Rawlings (vocals, guitar, recorders); Henry Heillig, David Woodhead, Richard Bales (Bass);
Charlie Cooley, Howard Gaul (percussion), Ron Dann (pedal steel); Michael Pinsonneault (Alto sax, Flute)
Jennifer Foster, Abby Zotz, Mary Simpson, David Woodhead, Bryan Williston, Warner Clarke (Vocal harmony), Steve Sherman (El. Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Organ); David Weigens, Judith Cohen, Arienne Dinde (recorders)
More Chris Rawlings music at www.chrisrawlings.ca; contact wrenfolk@interlog.com
All songs SOCAN registered

1.Song of the Old Bush Pilot (Chris Rawlings) 6:13
with Jennifer Foster, Henry Heillig, Howard Gaul, Steve Sherman
2.Heavy Lifting (Chris Rawlings, Lynn Heath) 5:14
with Abby Zotz, Bryan Williston, Henry Heillig, Charlie Cooley, Michael Pinnsoneault, Steve Sherman, Warner Clarke
3.Tilting at Windmills (AKA Raging at Windstorms) (Chris Rawlings) 4:08
with Jennifer Foster, Henry Heillig, Charlie Cooley, Michael Pinsonneault
4.Louis Riel (Chris Rawlings) 3:04
with Mary Simpson, David Woodhead, Ron Dann
5.La Chanson de Louis Riel (Louis Riel-P.D. Arranged Chris Rawlings) 2:30
with David Weigens, Judith Cohen, Arrienne Dinde
6.North by Northwest (AKA Franklin's Shanty) (Chris Rawlings) 3:28
with Abby Zotz, Bryan Williston, Warner Clarke, Steve Sherman
7.Ezekiel's Bones (Chris Rawlings, Lynn Heath) 4:48
with Jennifer Foster, Michael Pinsonneault, Henry Heillig, Charlie Cooley
8.English Band in Le Studio (Chris Rawlings) 3:30
with Richard Bales
9.UFO Song (Chris Rawlings) 5:14
with Mary Simpson, David Woodhead, Ron Dann
10.The Lancashire Lass (Chris Rawlings) 6:21
11.Instrumental version: Song of the Old Bush Pilot (credits as per above)


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Chris Rawlings Toronto, Ontario

Chris Rawlings is a honey-baritone singer, nimble-fingered guitar picker and gifted song-writer noted for his originality.

Rawlings embraces quick and complex chords and intricate harmonic and rhythmic structures. He adds authenticity to Celtic jigs and reels with a masterful touch on the recorder.
He charms with an easy voice that goes right to the heart.
See YouTube: Song of the Old Bush Pilot
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