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by Barry Truter

Musical diversity, mood changes, forceful lyrics, fine instrumentation. Solo folk album by longtime Fraser Union band member that resonates from start to finish. "You did a fine job getting your songs down for posterity." - David Francey
Genre: Folk: Urban Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Levuka Town
4:02 $0.99
2. Walking Blues
3:14 $0.99
3. I Wandered By a Brookside
3:37 $0.99
4. Medley: Duncan's Dream / The Soda Jig / Siobhan's Gallop
5:06 $0.99
5. The Killing Ground
2:19 $0.99
6. The Bourgeois Blues
3:17 $0.99
7. Song for Robert Dziekanski
2:52 $0.99
8. Roll River Free
4:09 $0.99
9. Dravida
3:32 $0.99
10. The Amphitrite
3:14 $0.99
11. Ships of the Deep
5:34 $0.99
12. This Old World
3:59 $0.99
13. Time to Go
5:34 $0.99
14. Isa Lei
2:27 $0.99
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Album Notes
“As a musician, creativity and collaboration are what I relish most. This album has given me the chance to explore both … as well as my musical roots which go back to Fiji, India, the British Isles, USA and Canada. All are places I have lived.”—Barry Truter

Barry Truter has been a traveller for most of his life. He was born the son of a diplomat whose assignments took his family to a new home every few years. But Truter’s wandering lifestyle didn’t cease when he moved into adulthood; his first job was as a sailor on a merchant ship sailing from Europe around Africa and into the Red Sea. His journeys are reflected in the musical style and diversity of this album of seven originals and seven carefully chosen covers supported by guest appearances from some outstanding musicians.

Truter’s lead vocals accompanied by guitar, octave mandolin and ukulele shine on the album’s arrangements from sparsely emotive versions of Bruce “Utah” Phillips’ "The Killing Ground" and the Fijian farewell song "Isa Lei" to tasteful licks and soulful backing vocals by some fine Vancouver musicians on the self-penned "Levuka Town" and Leadbelly’s "The Bourgeois Blues".

There is no dearth of content on the album. Originals such as "Song For Robert Dziekanski" and "Ships Of The Deep" are reminders that we live in an insecure world of increasing inequity. But there is also hope and spiritual regeneration on offer in the lyricism of "Roll River Free", the east/west musicality of "Dravida", and the anthemic chorus of "This Old World". In the end what cuts across the album is the range of expression presented with sincerity and fine instrumentation.

Truter is a longtime member of BC folk group Fraser Union, known for their songs that tell stories of lives past and present. With four CDs and appearances at major festivals such as Vancouver Folk Music Festival, Islands Folk Festival and Vancouver Island MusicFest, Fraser Union are often played on CBC radio locally and nationally.

Some praise for Traveller:
"Craig and I enjoyed listening to the cd on our way to the coast after Calgary. You did a fine job getting your songs down for posterity and I wish you the best of luck the rest of the way."—David Francey

“Loved your fine version of "Killing Ground", as well as all the other songs on the album. You have a beautiful voice, full of conviction. I carry your CD in my car and play it often. Deep thanks for carrying [my husband] Bruce's music on in the simple style that he loved best.”—Joanna Robinson

“I have made a cd with 12 cuts of "Dravida" on it so I can go into Dravida zen when I'm driving. It holds a beautiful energy that filters right down to the cellular level.”—Janie Benna

“The whole album resonates from beginning to end with its shifts of mood and its traveling theme. The bookends work really well. The two that I especially love hearing every time at this point are "I Wandered by a Brookside" and "Roll River Free" but my attention is caught by different songs at different times.”—Roger Holdstock



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