Ian Tamblyn highlights local stories in new album

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Local musician and playwright Ian Tamblyn will perform a special concert and album launch, along with Sheena Turcotte and various others from the casts of his Gatineau Trilogy of plays produced over the last three years, Bridge to the Past, A River Runs Through Us, and A Summer – A Fair. The album is titled Te Na Gadino – A Gatineau Soundtrack*.

Tamblyn has lived in the Gatineau Hills for 45 years, and with these three plays and the music from them – featured on the CD to be released – he has created a salute to his home, its history in logging and lumbering, and the more contemporary challenges of the present. Working with the story gathering group organized by Theatre Wakefield, Our Hidden Hills, as well as Maurice Gauthier of Cantley and Mona Monette of Brennan’s Hill, Tamblyn was able to distill a selection of tales that show the rich heritage and spirit of the people of the area.

Members of the cast singing on this project include: Sheena Turcotte, Dylan Phillips, Matt Selic, Jill Rick, Erik Ewing-Meyer, Megan Carty, and Rob McCart. The band consists of Pat Maher, Olivier Fairfield and James Stephens – all area musicians, and the 19 tracks of the album were all recorded, mixed and mastered at Ray Montford’s Anchor Sound Studio in Alcove, Quebec, just north of Wakefield. Artwork for the album was contributed by Wakefield ceramist David McKenzie and local artist Juliana Weynerowski’s scrim for A Summer – A Fair.

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This CD release marks Tamblyn’s 41st recording, in a career studded with awards and accolades. It will be available at the Black Sheep release concert, or online. The concert and CD launch for Te Na Gadino – A Gatineau Soundtrack will take place at the Black Sheep Inn in Wakefield, QC, at 4pm on Sunday, November 26th. Tickets for the event are $20 and are available at the Black Sheep website here, or at the door.

* Te Na Gadino Zibi is Algonquin for Gatineau River

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