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Un, Deux, Trois...Four

by The Wakami Wailers

A collection of original songs performed acoustically that celebrate the natural landscape and history of Canada
Genre: Folk: Singer/Songwriter
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Mountain Ranger
4:07 $0.99
2. Lonesome River
3:37 $0.99
3. Pukaskwa
4:31 $0.99
4. Confession of Elizor Lockwood (Regarding the Speedy)
5:35 $0.99
5. Howling at the Moon
3:52 $0.99
6. Tom Thomson and the Seasons of Algonquin
4:53 $0.99
7. Far and Distant Lands
2:17 $0.99
8. Master of the North
4:23 $0.99
9. The O.A.& P.S. Rail
3:12 $0.99
10. Depot Harbour
5:06 $0.99
11. P.E.I. Lassie
3:44 $0.99
12. Let It Ride
3:18 $0.99
13. Wild Goose
3:55 $0.99
14. Joys of Quebec / Devil's Dream
2:53 $0.99
15. Song for Raoul
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Album Notes
Un, Deux, Trois…Four
The Wakami Wailers

The songs:

Mountain Ranger (Hollett)
Horse patrols in early western national parks intrigued Rob back in 1984 while we were creating a show for Parks Canada. One can only imagine the beauty that was seen.

Lonesome River (Despault)
This one has been around awhile, as Mark composed it when he was just 17 years old and perhaps was already thinking about a career in parks. "I've always loved the concept of using nature to create metaphor”.

Pukaskwa (Hollett)
Back in 1983 a special piece of Lake Superior shoreline was designated a national park and thus Pukaskwa was born. Rob wrote this while sitting on the shore of Lake Superior watching the waves crash onto the rocks.

Confessions of Elizor Lockwood - Concerning the Loss of the Schooner Speedy (Despault)
Mark spent three years working on this tune. The idea of having it begin and end with a "death bed confession" by Lockwood was inspired by James Keelaghans great song Cold Missouri Waters.

Howling at the Moon (Despault)
After deciding to take the banjo more seriously, Mark went out and purchased a Deering Banjo and soon after created this song. An excuse to record a straight ahead bluegrass tune.

Tom Thomson and the Seasons of Algonquin: (Hollett)
After researching the details of Tom Thompsons life for three years, Rob was still struggling for a story line. Finally after leaving aside the controversies of Thompson's death, he created this song to celebrate the many paintings which in the end, truly depict the ever changing seasons of Algonquin.

Far and Distant Lands (Bernier-Despault)
Composed by Mike and Mark in 1985 for a show featuring some of the landscapes that are protected by Parks Canada.

Master of the North/The O.A.&P.S Rail/Depot Harbour (Despault)
JR Booth had a huge impact on the Ottawa Valley, the lumber business and the development of the land that what would eventually become Algonquin Park. In this trilogy, we try to tell some of his story starting from his early days growing up on a farm in the eastern townships, taking a ride on The Ottawa-Arnprior & Parry Sound Rail which ran from Ottawa to Depot Harbour.It was the largest railroad in its time owned and operated by one man. Depot Harbour was built by JR Booth to accommodate the unloading of various cargo from Great Lakes ships and continue transporting the commodities via rail. The town was destroyed by fire in (18??) and is now a forgotten ghost town.

PEI Lassie (Hollett)
Back in 1988, Rob met Karen (his wife) and penned this song after a trip to her home province of Prince Edward Island. Karen will always be Rob's Prince Edward lassie.

Let It Ride (Despault)
Originally written for the Suzanne Pasternak play Lily Sisters, a musical about rum running off the shores of Prince Edward County, Ontario, during prohibition.

Wild Goose (Wade Hemsworth)
No secret. We love Wade Hemsworth's songs!
This is our third cover of one of his tunes.

Joys of Quebec/Devils Dream (Traditional)
These fiddle tunes have been part of our live shows for over 30 years. We thought it was about time we included them on an album.

Song For Raoul (Rob and Karen Hollett)
It will always seem a little strange performing without our friend. This song is for our dear buddy Jeff Allen who is too ill to perform anymore. It was written by Rob and Karen after a visit with Jeff back in 2016. His character of Mon Oncle Raoul will always be treasured.

The Players:
Mike Bernier: fiddle, mandolin and vocals
Rob Hollett: bodhran, bouzouki, guitar, and vocals
Mark Despault : guitar, banjo, penny whistle and vocals
Ian Leslie: uilleann pipes
Andy Thompson: keyboards, whistles, percussion, bass, accordion and vocals

Produced by Andy Thompson
Recorded at Northumberland Music Studio, Warkworth Ontario

All songs composed by the Wakami Wailers

Wild Goose (Wade Hemsworth)
Depot Harbour: (Mark Despault) and contains a sample of ‘Till We Meet Again’
Richard Whiting, Raymond Egan (WB Music Corp. (ASCAP)

Thanks out to Andy Thompson, our long time producer, fellow musician and friend.

This album is dedicated to long time Wakami Wailer and our pal, Jeff Allen. (Aka: Mon Oncle Raoul) “This one’s for you, Jeff!”



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