news is clearly overdue. I'll get to it soon, honest.
Meanwhile here is the old Old Folksinger's News.
big news around here came June 19th when David Myles Edward Fulmer
Bossin (it's a long story) was born, on the day after Mary Jo's
45th birthday. It was a smooth and joyful home birth - easy for
me to say - attended by Maddy, who is now six, and several friends
and midwives. Davy is a dapper, healthy, bright-eyed fellow not
given to napping.
I am off-the-road and into the dad business, big time. I still
perform, but only occasionally, which is pretty much how it will
be for the foreseeable. Sigh.
at eight weeks
is another casualty of our wanton ways. I do have new songs, but
Heaven only knows when I will get into the studio. Fortunately,
CBC has put my locally controversial hit "Nanaimo" on a CD, along
with pieces by 14 other BC singer-songwriters, including old friends
like Valdy, Stephen Fearing, Shari Ulrich and Roy Forbes. You
can order it from The Store for $15 (net
proceeds to a worthy cause). Another of the new songs, called
"Lily" (it is about unplanned parenthood - I paints what I sees)
is available in full, for free, to those with the software and
know-how to download it from The Jukebox.
(A taste of Nanaimo is there too.)
the Old Folksinger's Homepage will also feature Sulphur Passage,
the video, Nettie Wild's multi-prize-winning music video of my
Clayoquot protest song. (I can't imagine what hardware and software
you need to watch it.)
recently heard a wonderful story about Sulphur Passage. When blockades
and other tactics failed to convince the BC government and MacMillan
Bloedel to stop clearcut logging in Clayoquot Sound, Greenpeace
and other environmental groups turned to what is known in the
protest trade as an "international market campaign." The campaigners
bearded MB's customers in Europe and the US - and the first thing
they did in those meetings was show them the Sulphur Passage video.
Tzeporah Berman, one of the ringleaders, said they used the video
because it was "moving, powerful, only 4 minutes long, and it
showed them what they were getting into." The market campaign
is the 2X4 that finally got the attention of the mulish BC government
and logging industry. So I figure I saved Clayoquot Sound.
course others helped. I have written about this - the success
of the Clayoquot campaign - in a piece called "The
Clayoquot Women." It originally appeared in slightly
different form in Homemaker's Magazine.
V0R1X0, my CD, continues to sell, slow and steady, in part thanks
to play on Stuart McLean's radio show, The Vinyl Cafe. And Christmas
is coming. Hint, hint. (I don't know how many weddings have now
included "Ya Wanna Marry Me?", but it is over 50.)
Stringband fans (as Stringband fans tend to be) will be pleased
to know that we have now rescued all the Stringband masters, recovering
them from the deteriorating tape on which they were recorded in
the 1970s. Just in the nick of time, in some cases. Many thanks
to Richard Hess. Richard has just gotten Marie-Lynn's solo albums
onto CD. See www.marielynnhammond.com.
A "Best of Stringband" CD will follow eventually. When the baby
is older. In the meantime, if you are desperate to hear one of
the old albums again, I can make you a cassette copy. Get in touch
and we will figure something out.
old folksinger enters
the new millennium
will try to keep you posted about eventual recording plans, tours
or further children (just kidding, just kidding), if you keep
me up-to-date on how to reach you. "A database is as important
to a folksinger as a guitar," I told Harrowsmith Magazine and
it is true. God bless e-mail. (For a good e-mail joke, e-mail
me.) That's about it for this millennium. I recently caught a
concert by Bernstein, formerly known as Dan Bern. Apparently God
spoke to him, or so he said in a song, and gave him this message:
the best is still to come. Seems like as good a fin-de-siecle
tip as I know. The best is still to come.