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Alternative country, synonymous with Americana, may be all the rage in music today, but what if the country really was an alternative? What if it wasn't Americana, but Canadicana? Tamarack, with their soaring three part harmonies sweeping out in a wave of sound, answers that question. In the 19 years they've been performing, they've cemented a glowing reputation for original material delivered in a powerhouse traditional/historical style. Sharing inspiration and influences with Canadian songwriting icons Stan Rogers, and James Keelaghan, and roots rockers The Cowboy Junkies, on Thirteen, (their thirteenth album) Tamarack expand their writing to include glimpses of Canada and America today, and expand their musical palette to include blues and folk-rock, while retaining the intimacy, harmonies, and traditional acoustic base at the core of their sound.
Hailing from near Toronto in Guelph, Ontario, James Gordon, Alex Sinclair, and Molly Kurvink are Tamarack. James has been performing with Tamarack for all of it's 19 years, and Alex has been with the group for 12. Both bring a strong affinity for traditional music, exceptional songwriting ability, and multi-instrumental talent to the group. Newest member Molly Kurvink comes from Guelph's rock and blues scene, bringing a fresh energy and edge to Tamarack's style.
A musical legend in Canada, the Cowboy Junkies cover of Tamarack's "Mining For Gold" is Tamarack's best known song in the United States. Cowboy Junkie Jeff Bird was a founding member of Tamarack, and though Bird no longer records with the group, on Thirteen it's obvious that the sound he forged with the Cowboy Junkies still has it's roots in Tamarack's music.
Favorable reviews and their previous six years touring in the US has made Tamarack a well known name internationally, and Tamarack's previous Folk Era release, Leaving Inverarden was one of the most played Canadian recordings on US and CBC acoustic radio. Tamarack has been featured in three CBC television specials, appeared on CBC and US radio from coast to coast, and with Thirteen is sure to reach an even larger audience yet.
"When you consider such songs as [James Gordon's] 'Mining For Gold,' 'Harvest Train,' 'Frobisher Bay,' 'Fields of Rock and Snow,' and 'Lonesome Cowboy's Lament,' you end up with as enduring a handful of songs as have ever been written in this country by a single writer."
Currently available from Wind River Records:
On The Grand - TAM1421D - Discontinued
Frobisher Bay - TAM1409D - Discontinued
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