Canadian singer/songwriter Ian Tamblyn has a lot to celebrate. He's become, in his sheer scope of subject matter, the songwriting voice of Canada, now half-way through a Four Coast Project that includes Superior: Spirit and Light (North Track, 2007). A diverse discography on his independent North Track label, and an equal amount of unreleased material, runs the gamut from folksier efforts like When Will I See You Again (1980) and The Middle Distance (1995), to the rock-inflected Dance Me Outside (1983) and the early ambient experiment of his soundtrack to Arthur Milner's 1983 play, 1997. He's released a series of ...read more
Like many singer/songwriters, Old Chelsea, Quebec-based Ian Tamblyn has spent much of his career writing about the human condition. But an equally important and sometimes parallel, oftentimes intersecting part of his songs has been the documentation of his travels, which began within the borders of his native Canada, but have since expanded to places farther abroad. Still, Tamblyn--a playwright and producer as well as singer/songwriter--has always been quintessentially Canadian. Superior: Sound and Light, the first in a new series, The Four Coast Project, collects some of his best writing--old and new--about Lake Superior, the northernmost of the Great Lakes and ...read more
Multi-instrumentalist Ian Tamblyn is best known in Canada as a singer/songwriter. His album Angel's Share (North Track, 2004) was but the latest in a long string of releases that keep the folk storytelling tradition alive. But Tamblyn has always looked farther afield, with an almost insatiable appetite to absorb all things musical and assimilate them into his larger vision. As early as the mid-1980s, for example, Tamblyn had composed soundtracks for a local theatre company that reflected strong appreciation for the ambient music of Brian Eno.
An intrepid explorer who has literally travelled the world from the Artic to the ...read more
Ian Tamblyn may well be the best Canadian singer/songwriter you've never heard. Over a career that spans thirty years and twenty-five records for his independent North Track label, Tamblyn has proven himself to be more difficult to pigeon-hole than some might like. But from pure folk records including '81s remarkable When Will I See You Again and '95's more experimentally self-examining The Middle Distance , to instrumental recordings like '91's Magnetic North , which seamlessly blends natural sounds including whales, birds and glaciers breaking, to more rock-influenced efforts like '83's Dance Me Outside , Tamblyn has asserted a completely individual ...read more