Recordings

My more recent CDs can be ordered from me by e-mail. ian.bell@sympatico.ca (or from CD Baby) They are all $20. which includes postage and handling.  Earlier recordings are trickier, but not impossible to get. E-mail me about them. 

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2018 – Saturday Night In Villa Nova

Original Material:  CD

12 original songs new and old, recorded live in front of an audience at the “Crooked Stovepipe”, in the tiny hamlet of Villa Nova, Ontario. On this CD the songs are combined with Ian’s legendary storytelling, and backed up by mandolin wizard Darrin Schott and bassist Denis Rondeau

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2013 – Forget Me Not, When Far Away

Traditional Material:  CD

Mostly traditional songs and tunes from the days of sail on the Great Lakes. 2013 Canadian Folk Music Awards Nominee for “Traditional Singer”.  Features the playing of Zach Schryer-Lefebvre, Geoff Somers, Anne Lederman, Denis Rondeau, Allison Lupton, Geordie Gordon James Gordon, John Mayberry, Jeff Weed and others.

SAMPLE:   It’s me For The Inland Lakes .mp3      Heave Her Up and Bust Her.mp3

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2009 – My Pious Friends & Drunken Companions

Traditional Material: CD

2009 Canadian Folk Music Awards Nominee for “Traditional Singer”. A collection of traditional songs and tunes that Ian has performed for years, but never got around to recording until recently. With Geoff Somers, Anne Lederman, Oliver Schroer, Denis Rondeau, The Bilge Rats, Pat O’Gorman, Shane Cooke and others. SAMPLE:   Little Shack Up The Pontiac.mp3

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2007 – Shallow Water

Original Songs and tunes: CD

Third disc in the “tri-county trilogy” This record includes a lot of music inspired by Port Dover and lakeside life. full of sailors, motorcycles, fishermen, tattoos (several), rockabilly singers, fiddlers and cameo appearances by George Wade and Rudy Vallee. With Geoff Somers, Tom Leighton, David Woodhead, Denis Rondeau, Chris Schiller.   SAMPLE: Rachel Rae – Reels

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1984/2012 – Scatter The Ashes – Muddy York

Traditional songs and instrumentals:  CD

“Music of Old Ontario” Innovative arrangements of old songs and fiddle tunes from the 19th century Allan Ash manuscript and other sources. Created with Anne Lederman. AVAILABLE ONCE AGAIN!

1992 – Brightest & Best

Early Christmas Music – Shapenote chorus & instrumental: CD

Songs from 19th century Canadian and American hymnals and singing school books. Prof. Chalaupka’s Celebrated Singing School with Anne Lederman, Oliver Schroer, David Travers-Smith,John Mayberry and others. CDs  available

1996 – Free Range

Original Songs: Downloads only

Original Songs and instrumental music accompanied by the Dawnbreakers – Kate Murphy, Brian Pickell, Oliver Schroer with David Zdriluk and Anne Lederman. Available as a download from CD Baby.  

Going way back…

1993 – Singing In A Strange Land

Shape note music from Waterloo Co., Ontario :(Cassette)

Vocal and instrumental arrangements with a large chorus, The Dawnbreakers, Oliver Schroer, Anne Lederman, Ian Robb, and many others. Produced for Joseph Schneider Haus Museum.

1992 – Brightest & Best

Early Christmas Music – Shapenote chorus & instrumental:

Prof. Chalaupka’s Celebrated Singing School with Anne Lederman, Oliver Schroer, David Travers-Smith,

John Mayberry and others. CDs  available Contact me for details ian.bell@sympatico.ca

1991 – The Farmer Feeds Us All

Mostly Traditional & Historic: (Cassette – out of print)

Traditional and contemporary songs about farming and agriculture.

1990 – A Grand Musical Entertainment

Traditional & Historic: A Great resource for use in museums.

Grassroots Music of Early Ontario – an amazing collection of songs, hymns and tunes from early manuscripts and published sources as well as some collected from source singers.  The Dawnbreakers, Prof. Chalaupka’s Celebrated Singing School, Enoch Kent, Jackie Washington, Anne Lederman, Oliver Schroer, David Travers-Smith, and many others.  AVAILABLE ONCE AGAIN!                  

Contact me for details ian.bell@sympatico.ca