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Part 1 of Tamblyn's Four Coast Project, Superior: Spirit and Light deals with the area of Ontario around Lake Superior. It is thoroughly sublime for Tamblyn, ranging from the haunting folk of "Black Spruce" to the beautiful instrumental, "Slate Island Song." The music is incredibly evocative of the space it conjures and — as depicted in the liner notes — Tamblyn is remarkably successful in taking a song from a space where he wrote it and creating those images for his listener. This project takes Tamblyn in a new direction, incorporating his adventurous side as much as his role as folk icon. A stylized modern folk epic — and the first part of four similarly depictive adventure albums that take the listener to new spaces — physically and musically.


Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '70s

Born in Thunder Bay, this longtime folk musician performed in the Ottawa-Hull region for many years in the late '60s and early '70s. Not one to stay with just one medium, Ian Tamblyn is also a playwright, having penned several plays throughout the years. Musically though, it wasn't until Sylvia Tyson performed one of his songs on the popular Canadian television show Ian & Sylvia that Tamblyn got his big break. In 1976, he released his debut self-titled album, which garnered him a Juno Award. In 1978,...
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