Sunday, May 22, 2011

Stringband is on CD!

Stringband: Digitized at last Welcome to

 Links | Music clips
At long last, Stringband is on CD. The Indispensable Stringband is a 46-song, box-set retrospective of Stringband’s music, 1972-2002, and it is just $35 and a few key-strokes away. The collection contains all of Stringband’s greatest hits, plus never-before-released cuts, and some new pieces. TIS also includes a 50-page history of Stringband’s Life and Times by Gary Cristall.

I haven’t had the chance to update this site yet - soon, I promise -but meanwhile, the album is done and can be mailed to you. It should also be available through discerning record stores. To order, head for the order form. For sound clips, links, or more information about Stringband and its members (including Bob Bossin, Marie-Lynn Hammond, Calvin Cairns, Ben Mink, Terry King, Dennis Nichol), read on.

Bob Bossin

Box Set cover

Stringband c.1974 , L to R, Ben Mink,
Marie-Lynn Hammond, Bob Bossin

Stringband busking in 1982

Stringband c.1982 , L to R, Dennis Nichol, Bob Bossin,
Calvin Cairns, Marie-Lynn Hammond

The group in 2001

Stringband re-union, 2001: L to R, Dennis Nichol,
Marie-Lynn Hammond, Calvin Cairns,
Bob Bossin, Steve Darke, Ben Mink
"Like Gordon Lightfoot or Monique Leyrac, like Margaret Atwood or Robertson Davies, Stringband made you proud to be Canadian. They skated through the coffee houses and concert halls with the grace of Bobby Orr and the passion of Rocket Richard." - Stuart McLean

"Stringband searched relentlessly for what they thought was a Canadian sound. Not finding it, they perhaps invented it. -Douglas Fetherling

For more about Stringband, see Gary Cristall Recalls Stringband.
For still more about Stringband, see Whatever Happened to Stringband.
You can listen to samples of Stringband's music below.


Related sites

Bob Bossin's Old Folksinger's homepage
Marie-Lynn’s site
Richard Hess’s Stringband discography
(Richard deserves the lion's share of the credit for driving this project forward.
Here is a press release describing some of his restoration work.)


Audio Samples

Mic Mac Song (Real Audio)
by Angele Arsenault, recorded in 1974
The complete song
Show Us the Length (MP3)
by Bob Bossin, recorded in 1974
A portion of the song
La jeune mariée (Real Audio)
by Marie-Lynn Hammond, recorded live in Moscow in 1983
The complete song

Order form | Discography | Links | Music Clips

Stringband at the Winnipeg Folk Festival 1982

©2000 Richard L. Hess & Bob Bossin & Marie-Lynn Hammond All Rights Reserved   
Richard Hess’s Web site

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