Stewart Cameron | Ballads of Love, Laughter and Learning

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Ballads of Love, Laughter and Learning

by Stewart Cameron

Stewart Cameron was arguably one of Canada's best traditional ballad singers and storytellers. He had a passion for ancient stories, told or sung, and performed regularly at Ontario's folk and storytelling festivals in the 70's and 80's.
Genre: Folk: Traditional Folk
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1. Lonesome Highway
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2. Bold Wolf
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3. Alberta Homesteader
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4. Paddy Murphy's Wake (Live)
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5. Greenland Whale Fisheries
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6. Johnny Todd
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7. Harbour Le Cou
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8. Squid Jigging Ground
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9. Fisherman's Wife
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10. Grinding Machine
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11. Trimdon Grange Explosion
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12. Gresford Disaster
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13. Coal Owner & the Pitman's Wife
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14. Fause Knight Upon the Road
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15. Furze Field
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16. Sheffield Apprentice
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17. Ploughman's Laddies
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18. Jack O'Hazeldean
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19. Henry My Son (Live)
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20. Kelly Burn Braes
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21. Dialogue in A
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Stewart Cameron was born in Scotland in 1947. His parents, Duncan, a native of Scotland, and Muriel, originally from Halifax, Nova Scotia, moved to Ajax, Ontario when Stewart was a year old. Growing up he learned to paint and to write songs in a style reminiscent of Bob Dylan. He became involved in performing traditional ballads and stories as an adult living in Toronto. He was a member of The Friends of Fiddler’s Green, a folk band, and regularly performed at 1001 Friday Nights of Storytelling.

In the mid-1980’s, Stew moved to Sudbury, Ontario where he produced several cable TV shows on storytelling and ballads. He died in 1989 of cancer, never having officially recorded his repertoire. His tradition of ballad singing and storytelling has been carried on by his daughter, Moira, and his son, Duncan. This recording is their tribute to his legacy.

These ballads have been digitally remastered from several archive sources. Most of the material came from cable TV shows Stew produced in Sudbury 1983 -1984. Other material was recorded on a variety of practice tapes and demos. The sound quality is all mono and may include background noise. However, the quality and energy of the performances is unquestionably impressive.

Stew uses a Larrivée guitar, Appalachian dulcimer, and English concertina on this recording. The majority of the ballads are sung a cappella. If you wish to see videos of some of this material, type in “Stewart Cameron” on YouTube to visit his ‘channel’. You can also purchase his storytelling CD on CD Baby or at Storytellers of Canada's online shop: http://www.storytellers-conteurs.ca/en/shop.html

For more about Stew, visit: www.celtarctic.com/moira_stewartcameron.htm

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