LET IT GO
The songs on this collection were written on Sable Island, Labrador, Greenland, Baffin Island, and at home in the Gatineau but unlike many of his other albums, Let it Go is, at its heart, quite autobiographical and personal.
TE NA GADINO
A collection of songs from the plays Bridge to the Past, A River Runs Through Us and A Summer-A Fair.
A collection of guitar instrumentals composed over the years. Some of the pieces are quite recent, while others recall some of my early influences like the finger picking styles of Mississippi John Hurt or John Fahey.
WALKING IN THE FOOTSTEPS
The Art Gallery of Sudbury in partnership with Canadian singer songwriter and Juno award winner Ian Tamblyn are proud to have released a CD celebrating the Group of Seven as part of their ongoing ‘Festival of the Seven’.
The Labrador is the last instalment of the Four Coast Project. The songs were written in Labrador and Newfoundland beginning in 1991 with a visit to Happy Valley / Goose Bay and continuing to the fall of 2013.
SIDE BY EACH
This is a collection of mostly personal songs not necessarily connected by a theme but certainly travel, oceans and the interior journey are at the centre of the project. I chose the title because I liked the colloquial phrase and it is sort of how the songs sit with each other- related but standing on their own.
EPIC ROCK CD
This album is the result of writing 12 songs for a geology conference. The tongue-in-cheek title was inevitable.
FROG'S NIGHT OUT
A children's album...sort of. This collection of catchy tunes is sure to get your toes tapping and your kids jumping. Special thanks to Jada Milks for the cover artwork!
WALKING THE BONES
This is Volume 3 in the Four Coast Project, which features songs inspired by trips to the Canadian Arctic. The accompanying booklet includes all lyrics as well as sketches by Albert Prisner and photographs by Mike Beedell. The first two volumes were Raincoast and Superior.
IN DREAMS BEHOLD
In Dreams Behold was the first online only album offered by Ian. The songs on this Celtic project were inspired by or written while on one of his many trips to Scotland and Ireland over eighteen years in his capacity as a guide. This is a collection of the more long lasting songs offered as a gift to his fans.
An acoustic based song cycle celebrating The Willisville Mountain Project of Northern Ontario. The multi-disciplinary project brings together 45 artists who work in the La Cloche Mountain region of Canada. The CD is an ideal companion for those who enjoyed Superior: Spirit and Light.
GYRE is a break from Ian's Canadian sketch, the Four Coast project. Many of Ian's songs deal with landscape . This album deals with interior landscape; heart, living, distance and loss. In 2010 it won the Best English Singer-Songwriter of the Year Award from the Canadian Folk Music Awards.
The Four Coast Project: Volume 2. Raincoast is an acoustic based CD with songs about the pacific Northwest coast. It is the second of four disks in the Four Coast Canadian Sketch series.
SUPERIOR: SPIRIT AND LIGHT
The Four Coast Project: Volume 1 is an acoustic singer-songwriter album inspired by the lake Superior coastline. It was nominated in the Best Artist category by the Canadian Folk Music Awards.
COASTLINE OF OUR DREAMS
A tribute to the songwriting of Ian featuring 17 Canadian artists including Hart Rouge, Lynne MIles, Rodney Brown and Rita Chiarelli. The covers are great in their own right -- all the artists bring out the brilliantly clever lyrics and beautiful melodies found in Tamblyn's many tunes.
Named for the natural process of evaporation of whiskey during the aging process, Angel's Share was Ian's twenty-fifth recording project. The album features several of Ottawa's finest musicians who contribute to fifteen songs which were recorded over several continents.
A brave and evocative album unlike any other which absorbs all things musical that surround us and thrusts them into the foreground. The rusted metal insert on each cover was cut and placed by Ian, and the liner notes provide not only the specifics about the recording of each piece, but how Ian views the paradoxical beauty and threat of such artificial disruption of nature.
THE BODY NEEDS TO TRAVEL
A collection of songs from all over the place -North West coast of BC, the Arctic , Scotland, Ireland. There is a lot of travel in these songs, and it includes some field recordings between the songs. A very paired down recording , mostly just Ian and his guitar.
LIKE THE WAY YOU'RE TINKIN
For many years, Ian has included hammered dulcimer compositions in his concert repertoire and on his instrumental recordings. This set is dedicated to those who asked for more. Eleven of the thirteen pieces were written to illustrate the range of the instrument, while the two remaining pieces were written for guitar and plucked autoharp.
WHEN WILL I SEE YOU AGAIN / GHOST PARADE
Ian is proud to announce the re-release of When Will I See You Again and Ghost Parade as a double CD set. First released in 1980 and 1988, these recordings represent in many ways, thematic and sonic bookends. When Will I See You Again, which won a Japanese Folk critics Award and sold better in Japan than Canada, was originally released as an LP, while Ghost Parade saw life only during the golden age of cassette releases.
VOICE IN THE WILDERNESS
A songwriter album inspired by many trips. The most popular song on this CD is Tiger Lily Road. It is a long and rambling journey into the Charlevoix region of Quebec, east of Quebec City, and a search for a moment in the past that is now of course unattainable. But the spirit of the thing remains so alive.
LOST VISIONS, FORGOTTEN DREAMS
This music and soundscape were commissioned by the Canadian Museum of Civilization for the exhibition of the same name. The pieces were designed to accompany visitors as they travelled into an ancient arctic world of the Paleo-Eskimo.
Ian composed this CD after spending some time at McMurdo Base in Antarctica. He recorded nearly every sound he could while travelling around Ross Island. Upon returning home, he started integrating these sounds with the musical impressions of the landscape. It took several years to complete this project .
THE MIDDLE DISTANCE
This album, which is dedicated to the memory of Helen Verger, won a West Coast Video Award for the song "Dream Hang on" . The video was filmed on Sombero Beach, which is famous amongst west coast surfers.
THROUGH THE YEARS
A collection of Ian's finest songs from 1976 to 1992. The album also contains several previously unrecorded tracks including Woodsmoke and Oranges, First Nation, Green and Fireweed , Declaration of Human Rights and 25th hour of the day.
This album is the second of the environmental series which started with Over my Head. It began in 1984 when I was an artistic observer on a scientific expedition to the Chukchi Sea, to study the feeding habits of gray whales and walrus. It was nominated for a Juno in the pop instrumental category. The album was released with two versions of the cover. The one featuring the narwhal is very scarce.
Originally released as a cassette, this album is now available in the double CD release with When Will I see You Again.
OVER MY HEAD
In the late fall of 1986, Ian received a commission from the Canadian Museum of Nature to present a concert celebrating their forthcoming bird exposition. Bird enthusiast and recorder, Monty Brigham, provided field recordings of birds while others were purchased through the sound library at Crawley films. The album was recorded in less than a week, has since sold over 100,000 copies.
DANCE ME OUTSIDE
Dance me Outside was the only album released as the short-lived "Ian Tamblyn Band", which included Brian Rading on bass, Dave Binder on guitar and Bruce Wittet on drums.
WHEN WILL I SEE YOU AGAIN
Ian's real "first album". It has had a long life , and was chosen by Kiyoshi Fanastu of Tambourine Music, Japan, as one of their favourite CDs of all time.
CLOSER TO HOME
Ian's second full length LP featured a photo taken in Ian's house. The US release had an alternate cover, featuring a photo of Ian outside of his house playing croquet.
This self titled album won a Juno Award and has the first ever sleeve to feature a cutaway revealing a photo on the album sleeve and inside cover.
Ian's first LP was recorded in only one take at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education in Toronto. The limited pressing of only 200 vinyl copies was done under the independent Barge Records label. It featured a simple white cover hand-stamped by Ian, which adds to the character of the much sought after recording by collectors of folk music. Ken Hamm is also featured.