The Write-Off

Recorded 1 Apr 2016
Written by Graham Lindsey
http://grahamlindsey.com

So it’s tax season. I’ve finished tiling my front hall and bathroom, replaced a toilet and played all the music I possibly could. Yet I haven’t finished my taxes. A tune came to mind, of course – otherwise I’d have to get things ready for my accountant… and here’s what came of it!

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Don Kavanagh’s Latest

Recorded 15 Mar 2016
Written by Graham Lindsey
http://grahamlindsey.com

Here’s a hornpipe written in the week leading up to St. Paddy’s Day – I named it after Don Kavanagh, Ottawa’s king of the hornpipe (always at the correct tempo, of course), an exceptional harmonica player, and the kindest person you’ll meet.

As I was finishing the tune, I saw a picture on Facebook that NL musician Jean Hewson posted for her friend Frank Maher’s birthday – a picture of Frank and Don. It was around that time that I tried changing the rhythm to make the tune a hornpipe, and that’s where it was meant to be – and another reason the name fit.

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There Were Mountains

Recorded 15 Nov 2015 with David Morrissey
Written by Graham Lindsey
http://grahamlindsey.com

I was in Calgary after the 2015 Canadian Folk Music Awards (held in Edmonton this year), and decided to take a trip to Canmore to see the mountains. Unfortunately it was very cloudy, so I didn’t really see anything – so I sat in my rental car and wrote this tune.

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Stephen Harper’s Jig

I wrote a tune for Stephen Harper! (No, it’s most definitely not a commission.) It’s a lively “jig”, in 5/8 with a couple of bars of 6/8, but usually not where you’ll hear it.

Newfoundland players would call “Stephen Harper’s Jig” a crooked tune.

As I said to a friend, adding a beat or two to throw a little bump in would make a mildly crooked tune, but I went for “the full Harper”.

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Ellen’s Jig

Recorded 11 Feb 2015 with Ellen Gibling
Written by Graham Lindsey
http://grahamlindsey.com

This one proves that all you need to do to have a tune named for you is to compliment the guy who wrote it! It’s a nice little jig that people have seemed to latch onto.

Harp accompaniment by Ellen Gibling, a harpist working in Halifax.

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Grit’s Jig

Recorded 11 Feb 2015 with Ellen Gibling
Written by Graham Lindsey
http://grahamlindsey.com

This is the first tune of mine that I’d played in public – now named for Grit Laskin, maker of fine stringed instruments, and without which I wouldn’t have written any tunes at all. Thanks, Grit!

Harp accompaniment by Ellen Gibling, a harpist working in Halifax.

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The Sarah Burnell Band – Trip To Pakistan

Trip To Pakistan, played here by The Sarah Burnell Band, was the single most cited YouTube video that I’ve been in – I’m not sure that qualifies it as having gone viral, but it’s popular! The tune “Trip to Pakistan” was written by Niall Kenny.