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Bunkhouse and Forecastle Songs of the Northwest

Bunkhouse and Forecastle Songs of the Northwest

For many years working a variety of jobs in British Columbia construction camps, railroad gangs, logging and tugboat crews—Stanley G. Triggs’s resume would make any outdoorsman proud. Add folk singer and mandolin player to the list, and you have all the ingredients for Bunkhouse and Forecastle Songs of the Northwest. Triggs eventually turned to photography and music-making for his living, but the repertoire he performed consisted mainly of those “folk” songs he had heard and sung in the logging and construction camps. He became a part of Vancouver’s folk revival scene, and someone suggested that he send a demo tape to Sam Gesser, a Canadian producer for Folkways Records.

The tracks featured on this album are drawn from Triggs’s experiences, and were still commonly heard in the camps at the time of the recording. Liner notes include lyrics and notes on the songs, illustrated with some of Triggs’s original photographs of the Canadian Northwest.

Track Listing

101
The Oda G. Stanley G. Triggs 2:27
102
The Wreck of the Number Nine Stanley G. Triggs 2:02
103
The Blue Velvet Band Stanley G. Triggs 2:13
104
The Homesick Trapper Stanley G. Triggs 1:35
105
The Grand Hotel Stanley G. Triggs 1:15
106
The Kettle Valley Line Stanley G. Triggs 2:10
107
Lardeau Valley Waltz Stanley G. Triggs 2:00
108
Tony Went Walking Stanley G. Triggs 0:57
109
Sandy Morgan's Gin Stanley G. Triggs 2:24
201
The Wreck of the C. P. Yorke Stanley G. Triggs 3:38
202
Meadow Blues Stanley G. Triggs 0:49
203
Brown Eyes Stanley G. Triggs 1:25
204
The Lookout in the Sky Stanley G. Triggs 2:01
205
The Mad Trapper of Rat River Stanley G. Triggs 2:53
206
Lake of Crimson Stanley G. Triggs 1:11
207
Moonlight and Skies Stanley G. Triggs 2:04
208
So Long to the Kicking Horse Canyon Stanley G. Triggs 2:03
209
Pretty Words and Poetry Stanley G. Triggs 1:30

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