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Desolation Sound

by Luke Maynard

A double-length concept album of all-original songs and instrumentals, inspired by the stories of small-town coastal British Columbia and the vibrant sounds of the Southwestern Ontario music festival circuit.
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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1. These Destinations
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2. Aubade
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3. When a White Dove Dies
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4. Arrowheads
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5. B.C. Country Dance
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6. Love Is in the Air Tonight
5:54 $0.99
7. Getting Bloody!
3:50 $0.99
8. Festival Jig
2:22 $0.99
9. Duncan Street Ruby
5:05 $0.99
10. End of Grace
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11. Inuksuk
4:46 $0.99
12. The Only Thing
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13. Queen of the North
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14. Shades of Summer
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15. The Well
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16. One More Song
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17. Parking Lot at Dawn
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Album Notes
Hailing from London, Ontario, Luke Maynard may be one of Canada’s best-kept musical secrets. A triple-threat singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, Luke cut his teeth on Southwestern Ontario folk circuit in the early 2000s before venturing out to the West Coast for grad school. Highly sought-after as a sideman and instrumentalist, Luke is best known for his work with the Dixie Flyers, Canada’s longest-running bluegrass band, with whom he was inducted into the Jack Richardson Music Awards’ London Music Hall of Fame in 2013.

Luke’s ambitious début CD, Desolation Sound, is a double-length album which ties the public and private struggles of small-town Canadians to the traditions of the folk festival scene that fed his wide-ranging, eclectic musical education. Written, performed,
recorded, engineered, and produced alone, Luke’s first commercial release is a milestone fifteen years in the making. Stepping out of his role as a sideman, Luke lets his heartbreaking lyrics and emotive acoustic guitar do the heavy lifting on this prodigious, precocious album of vintage-style folk music brought forward for a new generation.



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Marcia Beaton

This album shortens commutes by half.
This is a wonderful album that makes commuting distances feel much much shorter. The music is wonderful -but listen to the lyrics carefully. They are witty and wry humorous and informative - theres history and social commentary. It is a veritable buffet of thought provoking material....or just a really great listen. This has been my entertainment in my car for a while now and there are no tracks that I dont enjoy...though admittedly 'Getting Bloody' is my favourite. I hope in future to see another album. I'm do glad I found this one!

David Carlton

A folk masterpiece from the land of Maple and Moose
Luke's clever lyricism, adroit sense of melody, and raw talent shines through in this Canadian folk tour-de-force. The production of the music itself is also a strong-point: understated, straight to the point, but never too thin. Spanning multiple parts of this great, massive land, Luke's "Desolation Sound" makes me proud to be Canadian and yearn for the halcyon days of simpler music with such heart, skill, and playfulness.


An Excellent Experience
An excellent CD which makes me nostalgic for the long trips and short jaunts alike of my childhood to Stan Rogers and Gordon Lightfoot. Also helped me through a rough time.

It's fun to sit and listen to, or do dishes to, but the best place to listen is in the car. I've been tempted to take an unnecessary roadtrip just so I can bring the CD along. May be the best money I've ever spent on music.