Each week, the Argosy asks a member of the Sackville community to create a mixtape playlist on a theme or topic of their choosing.
I’ve used the genre descriptor “folk music” very loosely and probably incorrectly in several cases. I have done so without apology. With that in mind, here are twelve songs I love:
“You Don’t Have To Be” – Jennifer Castle (from the album Castlemusic)
Damn near impossible to pick just one Jennifer Castle/Castlemusic song. She is perfect.
“Persistent Spirit” – Bry Webb (Provider)
Folk music for ex-punks.
“The Things That Bind You” – Rock Plaza Central (The World Was Hell To Us)
One of the greatest bands to come out of Sackville.
“Crooked Coin” – Baby Eagle (Dog Weather)
Electric guitars are acceptable (and encouraged!) in modern Canadian folk music.
“Pride of Egypt” – Andre Ethier (On Blue Fog)
The storytelling tradition of folk music lives on, as strong as ever.
“Dayton” – Fiver (Lost The Plot)
See previous comment.
“People and the Planets” – Woolly Leaves (Quiet Waters)
Folk music of the Canadian metropolis.
“Rope” – Attack In Black (The Curve of the Earth)
By making a folk album, Attack In Black actually made the most punk rock album of their (too brief) career.
“Telephone Wire” – Richard Laviolette & The Oil Spills (All Of Your Raw Materials)
A song of longing.
“Digital Dash” – Dick Morello (RCPMRIEFTMAS)
Folk music for the long, cold Sackville winter (good luck with that).
“Homesick” – Snailhouse (Lies On The Prize)
The best folk music is made far from home.
“The Woods” – Entire Cities (Deep River)
This song will never remind me of anything but a late night drive home from the beach with good friends on the back roads between Sackville and Midgic . I hope that similar experiences will be given soundtracks by the songs on this list.