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New song & video: Anglin Bay Blues!

The Gertrudes support the preservation of Kingston Ontario’s public waterfront parks.

The Gertrudes — Anglin Bay Blues from Jay Middaugh on Vimeo.

The Gertrudes have something to say about  Kingston’s proposed Wellington Street extension and the beautiful park it would have to pass through! The song sheds light on the increased use of this piece of waterfront by neighbouring residents, and the concern for the loss of its easy access if a major roadway severs it from the residential fabric it borders.

group photo for bandcampAnglin Bay Blues was reinterpreted by The Gertrudes from San Francisco Bay Blues by Jesse Fuller. Guest artists joining The Gertrudes on this tune include Scott Thomson (trombone), Spencer Evans (clarinet), and Philip Collins (trumpet).

The City will be accepting Secondary Plan public feedback about this important waterfront issue at the upcoming North King’s Town Visioning Exercises on Monday June 20th 6:30pm at the Portuguese Cultural Centre, 959 Division St and on Wed June 22nd 5:30pm in Douglas Fluhrer Park – including a FREE BBQ and concert by Lost Cousins!

You can also contact City Planners at: 613-546-4291 tex 3237

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Stream or download the track for free at Bandcamp.com
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Anglin Bay Blues (lyrics by Greg Tilson, tune Jesse Fuller)

I got the blues when the city drove me by the park at Anglin Bay

Drove right through where the children used to play
They didn’t mean to treat it so bad
It was the best park we ever had
Said goodbye, it made me cry
Gonna lay down my head and die Well, I ain’t got a nickel and I ain’t got a lousy dime
If it don’t come back I think I’m gonna lose my mind
But if it ever comes back to stay
It’s gonna be another brand new day
We’ll be walkin in the city down by the park at Anglin Bay Sittin’ outside my back door
Wonderin’ which way to go
The park that I’m so crazy about
Paved over by a city road
Think I’ll take my bicycle, cause I’m feelin’ blue
Ride all the way, down the Wellington line,
Thinkin only sweet Douglas of you Meanwhile in another city
They’re just about to go insane
Thought they knew what they were doing
When they built the Gardiner Expressway
But if it ever comes back to stay
It’s gonna be another brand new day
Cause we’ll be walking in the city down by the park at Anglin
…walking in the city down by the park at Anglin
…we’ll be walking in the city down by the park at Anglin Bay

Commemorating Sir John A Macdonald: OF ONE ALMIGHTY NATION

Of One Almight Nation graphicAs a contribution to the events and festivities commemorating the upcoming 200th birthday of Canada’s first Prime Minister, The Gertrudes have a new single, OF ONE ALMIGHTY NATION. Download it for free, or stream it below!

The song is written to a traditional Irish tune, in a lyrical collaboration with Kingston-based poet Sadiqa Khan. Like a steam locomotive gathering speed, the song builds momentum as it tells some unpleasant tales of Canadian policy-making  in the 19th and 20th centuries, policies for which Sir John A was a key figure: important back stories to our “Canadian identity” which we ought to keep in mind.

We’re very happy that Amanda Balsys found time to rejoin us for this recording, on one of her days off from touring with The Wilderness of Manitoba! On fiddle, gourd banjo and jaw harp is the multi-talented Teilhard Frost (also known as Sheesham Crow, as part of the old-time trio Sheesham, Lotus and ‘Son).

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Of One Almighty Nation

Of one almighty nation Sir John A was a-dreaming
From ocean to blue ocean, the railway tracks a-gleaming
A land of milk and honey, of farms that went forever
And he did wake up smiling, for he felt so bold and clever

With a ring dum a doodle dah
Whack for the daddy o
Whack for the daddy o
There’s history in the jar

But making a new country would take a vision steady
For one thing there were people living on the land already
He sighed and he swore that he would achieve it
If people were on Sir John’s land, then they would have to leave it

Now you cannot be squeamish if you wish to build a nation
Sir John A and his colleagues tried the method of starvation
And the Native children that he would soon be ruling
He sent them off to learn his ways in the residential schooling

And then the gleaming railroad, through bogs and woods and briar
the labourers from China were affordable to hire
But with the work completed they still did keep arriving
So Sir John had to charge them all to keep the nation thriving

Of one almighty nation Sir John A was a-dreaming
Of woods of endless lumber, and locomotives steaming
Sir John A, oh Sir John A, his name will live forever
The founder of our country, for he was so bold and clever

With a ring dum a doodle dah
Whack for the daddy o
Whack for the daddy o
There’s history in the jar

New video for Water On Your Body

Water On Your Body :: The Gertrudes from josh lyon on Vimeo.


CD released on Zunior.com

Neighbourhood cover art

 

We’re now very pleased to be working with Outside Music and Zunior on distribution. The new album is up on iTunes music store now too.

Click here to buy the album on Zunior!


All the Dollar Bills Sing Hallelujah Music Video!

 


Gertrudes debut at #1 on CBC Charts

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All The Dollar Bills Video pic

Shooting the All The Dollar Bills Sing Hallelujah music video (to be released Summer 2013)


Live @ Casa Del Popolo

Live @ Casa Del Popolo

Gertrudes Mass Swim

The Gertrudes lead the Kingston Mass Swim II parade



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