Glenn McFarlane | Music and Friends

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Music and Friends

by Glenn McFarlane

Music and Friends is a collection of original fun and lively folk songs that reflect Glenn McFarlane’s East Coast roots, along with strong elements of country, folk-rock & world music, with an underlying theme of camaraderie throughout the album.
Genre: Folk: Alternative Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. It's a Beautiful Day for a Beer
3:43 $0.99
2. Come See the Stars
3:11 $0.99
3. Middle Aged and Overweight
3:39 $0.99
4. Offense Scores, Defense Wins Games
3:15 $0.99
5. I Am the Kyle
3:55 $0.99
6. Let's Talk New Brunswick
4:10 $0.99
7. The Prodigal Son(g)s Tour
3:51 $0.99
8. An Instrumental Break
10:00 $0.99
9. Music and Friends
3:27 $0.99
10. The Christmas Truce
6:16 $0.99
11. The Ballad of Kwakiutl
4:49 $0.99
12. Jerry and Jim
3:45 $0.99
13. Decompress
4:38 $0.99
14. Stan Rogers
6:08 $0.99
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Album Notes
Glenn hails originally from New Brunswick and now makes his home in Brampton, Ontario. In addition to his solo endeavours, he is also one/half of the Celtic and East Coast duo Brown Ale and one/third of the Celtic-Rock trio Celteclectic. Glenn is a multi-instrumentalist (guitar, harmonica, mandolin, accordion, bouzouki) who is the President and co-founder of the Brampton Folk Club, the 2009 Brampton Arts Person of the Year and a songwriter who was honoured with the 2011 OCFF Songs From the Heart Winner (Humour). He has just released his second solo CD, “Music and Friends”, which follows his 2012 release “Food for Thought”. "Music and Friends" was engineered and co-produced by Wendell Ferguson, James Gordon and Jon Grant, to better capture the diverse musical styles on the album.

With Glenn, you get a high energy, well-paced set of primarily fun and funny folk songs from his CDs “Music and Friends” and “Food for Thought”. Some have an East Coast feel to them; others are more country, while still others have elements of rock or even world music in them. His well-crafted originals have a sing-a-long familiarity to them that gets the audience involved.

The one theme throughout Glenn’s songs is camaraderie. He sings about family and friends (“Music and Friends”, “It’s a Beautiful Day for a Beer”), likes to make fun of himself (“Middle Aged and Overweight”, “Music, Sports, Sex and Beer”), raps about his East Coast roots (“Let’s Talk New Brunswick”, “Lobster Roll”) brings dramatic historical events to life (“Newfoundland 9-1-1”, “The Christmas Truce”), and balances it all out with the odd love song (“The Wedding Video”, “Come See the Stars”). You will be entertained!

Also reflective of the "Music and Friends" title is the long list of special guests on the album, which includes Wendell Ferguson, Gordon, Grant, his Brown Ale bandmate Les Smith, his brother Keith McFarlane, Jason LaPrade, Don Ablett, Peter Jellard, Alec Fraser, Mike Shotten, Mark Rolland, and two large groups of backup singers. Some of these guests appear in cartoon form on the album cover in a jam session.

Glenn plays primarily acoustic guitar, with some harmonica (and occasional kazoo) sprinkled in. His brother Keith plays various percussion instruments and adds backing vocals. In longer shows, Glenn will add accordion, mandolin or bouzouki for variety.



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