Monday, December 05, 2005

Ian & Sylvia

My love of folk music all started when I first heard Ian & Sylvia on the radio. It was in the mid 60's, the folk resurgence was well underway, and this couple from Canada caught my ear. They separated in music and marriage in the mid 70's. Ian moved back to Alberta and is still a driving force in Canada's country music scene. Sylvia has returned to the studio a few times also. Here is a cut from their early days as a duet and more recent solo cuts from each.

Ian & Sylvia - Four Rode By

Ian Tyson - Cowboys Don't Cry

Sylvia Tyson - Pepere's Mill


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ed I can see why they would get you into folk music.
What would it take to get you to turn the bus around
and head back down to the hills of Virginia and Tenn.
to get some bluegrass going?


December 06, 2005 8:59 AM  
Blogger Ed said...

A little white lightnin' would do it, Joey! Hold on while I turn this thing around. Oh, and pass that jug up this a way.

December 06, 2005 9:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ed before you pulled out this time
did you remember to unplug the
phone and water?


December 06, 2005 10:42 AM  
Blogger Ed said...

Ha! Damn! You know, Joey, I got pretty good at replacing those.

December 06, 2005 11:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought that you might have gotten pretty good at that


December 06, 2005 11:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have only recently been drawn to your precarious foothold aside Blue Mountain. My complements to the chef. Both Ian and Sylvia could be loved even more than they are in their home country for they are as Canadian as a horse with snow flakes on its eye lashes.

I don't mind a little bluegrass myself now and again up here on my Lookout Mountain toehold but what would be even more Cordilleraran would be a touch of Stompin' Tom Connors or Stan Rogers if you have any in your gunny sack.

For now I reckon I have discovered a goldmine.

December 06, 2005 1:34 PM  
Blogger Ed said...

Welcome stranger! Thanks for the kind words. I’ve heard you can see a good distance from the top of the Incline R.R., but I *know* you can’t see the Canadian Cordillera!

Stompin’ Tom and Stan Rogers you say? Two excellent choices. I can certainly work a few into the mix in the near future. May throw in a James Keelaghan or two.

Love the feedback and suggestions, it keeps me from havin’ to think too much on my own.

December 06, 2005 3:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well Ed looks like your getting more and more folks along for the
ride. and thats a good thing.


December 06, 2005 3:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pardon, don't mean to be a stranger. There are no strangers on Lookout Mountain. None stranger than me anyhow. This'd be Mr. Beer N. Hockey, known on the shinny rinks of the great, fat land of Canada as the Drive-By Hacker.

December 06, 2005 3:49 PM  
Blogger Ed said...

Mr. Beer N. Hockey, eh? I've read some of your comments elsewhere. Welcome aboard.

December 06, 2005 4:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ian and Sylvia were picked up by Bob Dylan's manager back then. Verrrrry wise of him. Too bad Dylan sold out. Does Ed have an opinion on him? By the by, Sylvia still looks good.

December 06, 2005 5:22 PM  
Blogger Ed said...

Oh, Ed has an opinion on damn near everything. Fortunately, I have gained a little wisdom with age and have learned to hold my tongue.

Perhaps a childhood crush on, then, Sylvia Fricker, contributed to my fascination with Ian and Sylvia. I must agree, 40 years later, she still looks good.

December 06, 2005 7:44 PM  

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