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 Moira Cameron Recordings

I have produced and recorded three solo albums of ballads, tunes and stories.  I have also recorded two albums with Ceilidh Friends and have participated in several other recordings made by Yellowknife musicians (see some of them on CeltArctic Spotlight).

 

~ Albums Sands of the Shore * Lilies Among the Bushes * One Evening as I Rambled  ~

~ Album Contents ~ Reviews ~ Videos ~ Musical Contributions ~

 

 

Sands on the Shore (2007)

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This CD took long to complete, but I think it has been worth it.  Like "Lilies", this CD has 60 minutes worth of ballads, many of them performed a capella.  Of the 17 tracks, there are 7 Child Ballads (traditional ballads collected by Francis J. Child), and 3 of my own compositions.  This album is only available on CD, however, if you want a cassette, please let me know. 

What's on this CD? Go HERE to find out.

 

Rambles.net

 

fRoots Magazine

 

Canadian Society for Musical Traditions

M'en Revenant de Bordeaux

I Have Four Brothers

A Week Before Easter

Lilies Among the Bushes (1997)

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With a full hour of recorded material, this CD is a ballad-lover's treat.  Of the 16 tracks, over half of them are Child Ballads (traditional ballads collected by Francis J. Child).  I wanted this album to be a tribute to some of my major musical influences.  This album is only available on CD, however, if you want a cassette, please let me know.

What's on this CD? Go HERE to find out.

 

Rambles.net

 

Victory Review Magazine

 

Appleseed Quarterly

Jenny Lind Polka
One Evening As I Rambled (1991)

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With partial funding from the NWT Arts Council for this project, this CD covers as wide and varied a selection of my repertoire as possible.  The album is peppered with unusual instruments, traditional ballads, and one traditional folk tale.  This recording is available on CD and cassette.

What's on this CD? Go HERE to find out.

 

Rambles.net

 

Victory Review Magazine

 

Canadian Society for Musical Traditions

 

Northern Journey

Ronde / Gavotte

Outlandish Knight

 

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~ Reviews ~

REVIEWS:  Sands of the Shore

"Sands of the Shore is my first experience hearing Moira Cameron, who describes herself as a balladeer. I wouldn't dispute that title at all and I will be looking for more of her music in the future. The CD is pure, simple pleasure to listen to. If you enjoy Kate Rusby, Cathie Ryan or Connie Dover's lovely soprano, you should add this disc to your collection. This 17-song compilation is a mix of traditional from Scottish, English, American and Canadian folk classics. Her choices are not among the most commonly covered songs -- "In the Month of January," "I Have Four Brothers" and "Tamlin" are the only songs I've heard often from other artists. Most of the songs are a cappella with Cameron offering the melody with a joining chorus. Instrumentation is simple and acoustic. By Becky Kyle; Rambles.net "This is a collection that is mostly ballads and mainly from the British Isles from a singer of Scots descent who now lives in the Yellowknife area of northern Canada. The singing is fairly straightforward and it includes much-loved favourites like 'Turpin Hero' and 'A Week Before Easter' as well as much rarer pieces such as 'Whummil Bore' and 'I Have Four Brothers'. What marks it out from the ordinary is the beauty and commitment of the singing. Partly this is unaccompanied; in other places fairly uncomplicated dulcimer and autoharp are used. Moira understands how to hold the listener's attention through the length of a ballad like 'Tamlin' and gives her best performance on 'Maid on the Shore'." By Vic Smith; fRoots Magazine, May 2008 Issue # 299

~ This review was very lengthy and wonderfully detailed. I will only quote brief segments here:

"A new CD from Moira Cameron is always a treat to look forward to...[She] has made this recording, as she says, to 'pay honour to my sources...' This CD is as fine a tribute as anyone could wish for."

Regarding 'In the Month of January': "...a haunting Scottish traditional song performed at a very slow tempo, but it works; in fact, it's gorgeous, and really showcases Moira's voice at her very best - clear, soaring and controlled..."

Regarding 'Lamkin': "...a revenge ballad and one of the hardest traditional ballads to sing owing to its unrelenting grimness, but Moira's interpretation gloriously succeeds, being chilling and compelling without going over the top, and driving inexorably to its gruesome climax..."

Regarding 'Tamlyn': "...The final track...is 'Tamlyn', another fine Child ballad...This [version] has some splendid words; for example, when the heroine turns to ask her bewitched seducer his name 'she nothing saw and nothing heard and all the woods grew dim'. Later, when the Fairy Court notice her there...'the thunder rolled across the sky and the stars they blazed like day'. And Moira sings 'it', not 'him', when describing the fearsome shapes and objects Tamlyn is turned into as Margaret struggles to hold him and the Elfin Court tries to make her let go. All these bring out and emphasize the otherworldliness and weirdness of the story more than other versions, and Moira keeps our attention through it all..."

Canadian Folk Music, Spring 2008 Vol. 42.1
Published by the Canadian Society for Musical Traditions
Review written by Rosaleen Gregory

 

REVIEWS:  Lilies Among the Bushes

Moira Cameron followed up her first album, One Evening as I Rambled..., with a second featuring more of the same. That's not to say it's not fresh and new; it simply is another example of excellent balladeering. Cameron, a native of Toronto who relocated to the Northwest Territories, has a talent for telling stories in song, drawing largely on the British Isles for her source materials, and she does it well indeed.  "Crafty Maid's Policy," for instance, is a variation on the old tale of a woman who lures a man off his horse for a bit of fun, then gallops away on his steed. "Daemon Lover" tells of a woman lured away from her husband and child by the aspect of her former love -- a decision with dire consequences. "Love Henry" shows what woe a tease may bring when directed at a jealous woman. 

 

Except for a bit of guitar (Steve Lacey) and cello (Chic Callas), the instrumentation here is all Cameron, and she does nice work accentuating the songs without ever overwhelming her own voice. She does some particularly nice work on "Barbara Allen," playing the Appalachian dulcimer throughout and inserting some striking lines of the alto recorder for extra effect. Her autoharp and recorder work nicely with Callas's cello on a song of untimely pregnancy, "Willie of Winsbury."  Often, however, Cameron sings purely a cappella, as in "Lady Diamond," "Brown Girl," "Martha" and "Jock O'Hazeldean." She sings a cappella twice (double-tracked) for a tale of a woman's seafaring and revenge in "Bold William Taylor." "Elfin Knight" and "Well Below the Valley" both make excellent use of Cameron's backing singers (Lorelei Andrews, Susan Keogh, Steve Lacey, Dawn Lacey and Steve Goff) on the repetitive chorus lines. There are a few instrumentals as well. On "Grit's Tune," Cameron double-tracks her Appalachian dulcimer for a lovely, lively duet with herself. She plays hammered dulcimer, soprano recorder, spoons and egg (along with Lacey's guitar) on the bouncy "Jenny Lind Polka/Halting March." All in all, it's another fine recording from an excellent Canadian balladeer. Anyone with a love for these old story-songs should pay heed to Cameron's voice; she tells them very well. Rambles Online Reviews (written by Tom Knapp)

 

Traditional ballad singing is an extraordinarily difficult art to master, but my goodness this girl can do it.  Her voice is absolutely lovely--high and silvery with muscle, and keeps you riveted throughout....  Victory Review, Vol. 23, # 6, June 1998 Moiras voice is clear and has a way of getting right inside you. She is thankfully free of the annoying...mannerisms of many modern women singers.   Moira has selected material that has special meaning for her. These are songs of strength and endurance, often from a womans point of view.  Appleseed Quarterly, Vol. 8, # 2, 1998

REVIEWS:  One Evening as I Rambled

Moira Cameron had her public singing debut at age 3 in her native Toronto. The daughter of late folksinger Stewart Cameron, she grew up steeped in the songs and stories of Canada's Celtic, English and French traditions, and she sang semi-professionally in the Ontario area before moving her fortunes from the big city to live in Yellowknife in the Northwest Territories. There, she continued her career as a folk singer and social activist there, and in 1993 she recorded her first album, One Evening as I Rambled.... All I can say is, it was about bloody time.  The album, funded in part by a grant from the Canadian department of Culture and Communications, is a sparsely assembled affair, with simple cover art and no liner notes. But funding worries had no detrimental impact on the music itself; the quality of performance and recording throughout the 11-track album is excellent.

One Evening as I Rambled... begins with a dance suited for sedately dancing in Renaissance finery, "Ronde/Gavotte." Close your eyes and you can see the swirl of colors as nobles and courtiers swirl about the room to the tune, which features Moira on bowed psaltry and recorders. Next, Moira sings the story of the "Outlandish Knight" (Childe Ballad #4), a song about greed, betrayed love, a quick-witted female victim and an amazingly stupid would-be thief. It features no instrument but Moira's voice, and she sings it strongly, with a storyteller's flair. She exhibits similar style with songs including "Banks of Primroses" and "Shepherd's Song." She provides both melody and harmony on the recorders for the O'Carolan tune "Morgan Megan," her delicate playing lightly accompanied by her husband, Steve Goff, on guitar. "Banks of Airdrie-O" tells of the meeting of three sisters and a brutish robber who means to steal more than their gold -- with predictably tragic results. Moira sings the story, while a choir consisting of Steve Lacey, Dawn Lacey, Lorelei Andrew and Laryssa Wolansky give the a cappella tune a cathedral air -- a vocal combination I hope she revisits on future albums. It is followed by the spare and stately dance tune, "Bransle de Champaigne," which again features Moira on bowed psaltry and recorder. Although the slightly shrill tone of the psaltry isn't for everyone, it neatly captures the feel of ancient halls and storytelling minstrels.

Moira regains a lighthearted note with "Johnny Be Fair," a quick ditty familiar on Renaissance faire circuits about a roving father, a frustrated daughter, a patient mother and a cunning punchline. Steve Lacey adds a punchy guitar line to the tune. Next is Nova Scotian song "Drimindown," another lovely a cappella piece spotlighting Moira's solo vocal skills. The album concludes with an atmospheric rendition of "Reynardine," also a cappella and echoing beautifully, as if sung in a Great Hall or cathedral. The song is paired with the gruesome spoken story, "Mr. Fox," which would best be told at night by firelight. Moira's speaking voice is well-suited to the tale. The final, musical farewell is another courtly dance tune, "Gathering Peascods," played by Moira on Appalachian dulcimer and recorders.

I had no idea what to expect when I first put Moira's debut album, One Evening as I Rambled, into my stereo. That I was pleasantly surprised is an understatement; I'm left wondering how I went so long without hearing this marvelous performer. Rambles Online reviews by Tom Knapp

 

Bowed psaltery, recorder, Appalachian dulcimer, guitar, and vocals make for a magical combination...This CD is a treat....  Victory Review, Vol. 22, # 8, August 1997 She is a highly competent performer on a variety of instruments...In particular, though, she has an enchanting, indeed haunting, voice...and chooses songs that allows it full expression.. Canadian Folk Music Bulletin, (Published by the Canadian Society for Musical Traditions) Vol. 29, #1 ...riveting.  Whether Cameron is playing recorder, bowed psaltery, Appalachian dulcimer, or singing traditional songs with or without accompaniment, this is a splendid album for those who love the traditional repertoire.... Northern Journey:  a guide to Canadian Folk Music on CD, Gene Wilburn, 1995

 

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Sands of the Shore

 

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M'en Revenant de Bordeaux (French Canadian Traditional) a capella with chorus:  Steve Goff, Steve Lacey, Dawn Lacey, Marilyn Morrison, Kate Tompkins, Ray Bethke
  In the Month of January (Scottish Traditional) a capella
  Kate's Ballad (1998 M. Cameron - SOCAN) a capella with chorus:  Steve Goff, Steve Lacey, Dawn Lacey, Caitlin Lacey, Marilyn Morrison, Kate Tompkins, Ray Bethke
 

Lament of a Miner's Wife (2000 M. Cameron - SOCAN)

(see video link above)

Appalachian dulcimer, recorders
  Whummil Bore (Scottish Traditional - Child # 27) a capella with eggs
  Young Benjie (Scottish Traditional - Child # 86) a capella
  Down by the Willow Garden (American Traditional) Autoharp
  Wee Wee Man (Scottish Traditional - Child # 38) a capella
  Dick Turpin and the Lawyer (Canadian Traditional) a capella with spoons & chorus:  Steve Goff, Steve Lacey, Dawn Lacey, Caitlin Lacey, Marilyn Morrison, Kate Tompkins, Ray Bethke
  Lamkin (Scottish Traditional - Child # 93) a capella
  Branwyn's Pleasure (1998 M. Cameron - SOCAN) Appalachian dulcimer with recorders
  Still Her Answer to me was No (English Traditional) a capella
I Have Four Brothers (English Traditional - Child # 46) a capella with chorus:  Steve Goff, Steve Lacey, Dawn Lacey, Caitlin Lacey, Marilyn Morrison, Kate Tompkins, Ray Bethke

A Week Before Easter (English Traditional)

(see video link above)

a capella
  Maid on the Shore (English Traditional - Child # 43) a capella
  Sands of the Shore (Harry Staunton/Henry Penther 1911) recorders and guitar:  Steve Lacey; with chorus:  Dawn Lacey, Caitlin Lacey, Marilyn Morrison, Kate Tompkins
  Tamlin (English Traditional - Child # 39) a capella; recorded live at a concert in Athabasca, AB.

 

Lilies Among the Bushes

 

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  Crafty Maid's Policy (traditional) Vocals, Appalachian dulcimer, recorders
  Elfin Knight (Child Ballad #2) vocals; Chorus: Ceilidh Friends, Lorelei Andrews, Susan Keogh
  Martha ( Gumboots) vocals
  Barbara Allen (Child Ballad #84) vocals, Appalachian dulcimer, recorder
  Brown Girl (Child Ballad #73/295) vocals
Jenny Lind Polka/Halting March (traditional)

recorder, hammered dulcimer, percussion; Steve Lacey on guitar

  Jock O'Hazeldean (Child Ballad #293) vocals
  Daemon Lover (Child Ballad #243) vocals, Appalachian dulcimer
  Love Henry (Child Ballad #68) vocals, autoharp
  Lady Diamond (Child Ballad #269) vocals
  Willie of Winsbury (Child Ballad #100) vocals, autoharp; Chic Callas on cello
  Well Below the Valley (Child Ballad #21) vocals; Chorus: Ceilidh Friends, Lorelei Andrews, Susan Keogh
  Grit's Tune ( G. Laskin/M. Cameron) Appalachian dulcimers
  Bold William Taylor (traditional) vocals
  Tarry Trousers (traditional) vocals, autoharp
  Adieu Sweet Lovely Nancy (traditional) vocals, Appalachian dulcimer

 

One Evening as I Rambled...

 

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Ronde (T. Susato)/Gavotte (G.F. Handel) bowed psaltery, recorders
Outlandish Knight (Child Ballad #4) vocals
  Banks of Primroses (traditional) vocals, dulcimer, recorder
  Shepherd's Song (traditional) melody & harmony vocals
  Morgan Megan (O Carolan) recorders; Steve Goff on guitar
  Banks of Airdrie-O (Child Ballad #14)

vocals; Chorus: Steve & Dawn Lacey, Lorelei Andrews, Laryssa Wolansky

  Bransle de Champaigne (C. Gervaise) bowed psaltery, recorders
  Johnny Be Fair (traditional) vocals; Steve Lacey on guitar
  Drimindown (traditional) vocals
  Reynardine (traditional) vocals
  Mr. Fox (traditional folk tale)  
  Gathering Peascods (traditional) Appalachian dulcimer, recorders, percussion

 

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~ Videos ~

In 2012, my friend Oscar Aguirre offered to produce three music videos.  The project turned out better than I could have hoped.  All the films were filmed in the Yellowknife area, and capture the beauty of the North.  The moving images have been supplemented with still photos from an archive taken by myself and my late husband, Steve Goff.

Please note:  These are MP4 formats and may take a while to download.  If you do not wish to download, then you can also view them by clicking the YouTube links provided.

A Week Before Easter:

MP4 ~ YouTube

Lament of a Miner's Wife:

MP4 ~ YouTube

Northern Remembrance:

MP4 ~ YouTube

~ Contributions on other Recordings ~

YEAR RECORDING ARTIST MOIRA'S CONTRIBUTION
2007 Map of the World Sandy Pringle harmony vocals, autoharp, tenor recorder
2005 My Violin & I Chic Callas vocal harmony on title track
2005 A Season's Circle Dawn Lacey vocal harmonies, photography
1999 The Last Campfire Ron Kent vocal harmonies
1997 Dance Among the Stars Tom Hudson vocal harmony on title track
1995 Ten Songs of Christmas (fundraiser for Abe Miller Centre in Yellowknife) various One track: "What Child is This"

 

HOW TO ORDER

There are two ways to order my albums:

1.  Go to the CELTARCTIC ONLINE STORE and pay now using PayPal (Note:  the CeltArctic Store also contains recordings listed for Ceilidh Friends, Steve Lacey, and Dawn Lacey.  Visit their pages to find out more.)

2.  You can order my albums by emailing me your request.  The small chart below will give you an idea of the estimated Canadian or US prices without shipping.  I will email you back with the total cost and instructions, and await your payment.  (NOTE:  If you are ordering from a country other than the US or Canada, I WILL require a money order in Canadian funds rather than a cheque.)

ALBUM TITLE CD PRICE TAPE PRICE
  Canada USA Canada USA
         
One Evening as I Rambled $ 18.00 $ 16.00 $ 6.00 $ 5.00
Lilies Among the Bushes $ 20.00 $ 18.00

available upon request

Sands of the Shore $ 20.00 $ 18.00 available upon request

 

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This page has been updated June 29, 2016