Drawing upon our local Maritime-based artists, this project realized the musical adaptations of poems by well-respected Canadian poet Douglas Lochhead. Many thanks to Douglas for his willingness and enthusiasm to see this project go forward. Thanks also to my musical friends and especially to Rocky Ripley who crafted this recording.
A Matter of Time
Douglas Lochhead, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and a life-member of the League of Canadian Poets, was born in Guelph, Ontario in 1922, and served as an infantry and artillery officer in the Canadian Army during World War II. He was a graduate of McGill University and the University of Toronto. He has taught English and been a member of the library staffs of universities in Canada, the United States, and Scotland. In 1975, Lochhead became the Davidson Professor of Canadian Studies at Mount Allison University, and lived in Sackville, New Brunswick, until his passing. From 1987 to 1990 he was the first writer-in-residence at Mount Allison University, and then Professor Emeritus at Mount Allison. He was as a Senior Fellow and Founding Librarian of Massey College, University of Toronto. Douglas Lochhead was the Poet Laureate of Sackville, New Brunswick from 2002 to 2010.
Lochhead’s High Marsh Road was a finalist for the Governor-General’s Award for Poetry, and in 2005 he received the Carlo Betocchi International Poetry Prize for High Marsh Road / La Strada di Tantramar. He was also a recipient of the Alden Nowlan Award for Excellence in English-language Literary Arts, and of many honorary degrees.
Douglas Lochhead passed away, peacefully, on March 15, 2011 at the age of 88 years.
Rocky Ripley has been involved in the music business for 40 years, and he continues to perform with various local bands and in theatre production in the Amherst, NS, area.
For the last few years, his focus has been in recording music. He has produced countless demos and full length recording projects as well including: Barb Sharple’s “Sweet Thing”, Don Coate’s “Half Moon Harvest” and a Christmas CD with Drew Moore called “…And to all, a good night.”
Rocky has musically dabbled in other mediums including television (Table Hockey: The Movie), an on-line video game (Sinner s and Saints), and an independent feature film shot in northern New Brunswick (The Backup Man). These projects were in cooperation with Ralf Cassidy Bindels, who mastered “A Matter of Time”.
Following graduation from Mount Allison University in 1996, Tanya Bostick embarked on a career teaching grades K-12 Choral, Instrumental and General Music. In 2003, Tanya began looking for a family -oriented, quality music program to offer to families in the Sackville and Amherst areas. In 2004, she and husband, Shawn Bostick, opened the Bostick School of Music where Tanya began teaching Music for Young Children. Tanya is now working full time as the music co-ordinator at Tantramar Regional High School where her enthusiasm and love of teaching have helped produce a choir, a band programme and a number of very successful musical theatre productions.
In addition to Piano, Vocal/Choral and Instrumental Adjudicating, she is also a regular presenter to Piano Pedagogy and Elementary and Secondary Methods students at Mount Allison University, along with speaking at various Professional Development Seminars for Music Educators in Southeastern New Brunswick. She is also instructor at l’Universite de Moncton Classical Camps, held each summer.
Tanya belongs to the Canadian Music Educators Association; the Nova Scotia Music Educator’s Association and is an active member of the Sackville Music Teachers Association, a branch of the New Brunswick Registered Music Teachers Association. She performs regularly in a variety of genres and venues as accompanist, soloist and as an ensemble performer, most notably as jazz ensemble performer in the group “Cosmo”. Tanya collaborated as Recording Artist on the Sackville Cultural Capitals CD project commemorating the diverse talents of Sackville’s Musicians.
Well into his fourth decade of playing, guitarist Drew Moore has recorded, performed and toured a wide range of music in Canada and the U.S. Since the late 1980s he has played with many local bands in the Amherst area, been involved with musical theatre and teaches guitar.
Terry Hume started playing at 5 years old in a very musical family in Nova Scotia. Also sang in a family Trio and enjoyed playing many instruments but really fell in love with the piano. Over the years he has developed a real love for soul, jazz and blues and soulful gospel. Terry moved to Moncton in 1991 and became extremely active in the music scene.
Terry has played on a few ECMA nominated albums and has produced ECMA nominated albums, including an album that won a gospel Shai award a few years ago. He has played or worked with many artist such as Gary Sappier, Thane Dunn, Jessica Rhaye, The Classics, Doug Howatt Band, Big Daddy Shad, Messiah Band, Nova Scotia Praise and Worship mass choir, Jessica Betts, and many others as either a band member or session player. Terry also performs solo.
Terry continues touring the Maritimes with different artists, represents Yamaha pianos, and absolutely loves what he does.
Founding member and the driving force in bringing “The Streamliners” together, Dave Smith originally hails from London, Ontario, but currently calls Amherst, Nova Scotia home.
While residing in Sackville, Dave became a member of the blues band “Malpractice” along with his friend Doc, who fronted the band. While playing songs by such artists and “Down Child Blues Band” and “Stevie Ray Vaughan”, Smith realized that he missed the sound of the blues harp.
He began perfecting this harp style by founding the now defunct “The BS Blues Band” in Sackville, New Brunswick in 1992. Asking fellow “Malpractice” alumni and friend, Doc to join with him as the band’s bass player, Smith began fronting the band and has earned a reputation as one of the finest blues harpists in the region.
Smith was also invited to appear on Al Cooper’s latest CD and has played with Halifax’s Joe Murphy.
Daniel Burke is a native of Cape Breton Island, where he was born and raised in the town of New Waterford. He loves to challenge himself musically and has, therefore, become a multi-instrumentalist, playing the guitar, bass, mandolin, bouzouki, banjo, harmonica, Irish whistles, drums, bodran, and piano. He completed a Bachelor of Music Degree from Mount Allison University in 2008, where he studied saxophone performance, and has recently completed his Bachelor of Education degree at St. Thomas University in Fredericton. From here Daniel plans to land a career as a High School music teacher, while continuing to be a session musician and private instructor.
Janet Crawford is a singer-songwriter with a repertoire that includes original tunes, some old-time country and especially standard jazz classics. Besides her performance with small ensembles she is also a vocalist with the Elastic Big Band from Nova Scotia.