Visions of This Land
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More Music by Harry Martin
- This Is My Home
- Raven Hair
- Somewhere Beyond The Hills
- Visions Of This Land
- Another Day Of Waiting
- The Harbour Is Empty
- Don't Think I Could Live There Any More
- Half Way Up The Mountain
- Race To The Grave
- This Old River
- Eagles Got To Fly
- Dream Forever
- Forgotten Soldiers
- Only In My Dreams
Harry Martin's First Concert Was Excellent
The only word to describe Harry Martin's concert at Goose High School last week is 'excellent'. The auditorium was filled to capacity.
During the hour and a half performance, Mr. Martin, a native of Cartwright, shared his many songs - most of which dealt with the lives of the Labrador trapper and fisherman.
One of the songs he sang portrayed, in his opinion, the thoughts and struggle of Leonidas Hubbard (Lure of the Labrador Wild) as he travelled up the Susan River trying to reach Lake Michikamau.
Mr. Martin also dedicated "Take Me to the Country", a song he wrote in memory of the late Henry Mesher.
Harry also allowed us to be the first to hear his new song which he wrote on the plane to Goose Bay, "Another Day A'Waiting".
The idea came to him when he was reading a story in a Them Days magazine about Raymond Mesher of Sandwich Bay.
Mr. Mesher was a trapper who spent a lot of time in the country - often for months at a time - doing what he did best. On his last trip, he accidentally drowned and there was no way to inform his family of what happened.
In the song, Harry descrihes the period of waiting the family went through wondering when 'daddy' was coming home.
Harry also sang a song, "This is My Home", in the memory of the late Henry John Williams of Cartwright, who he described as "a get up and go fellow", and "a man of the land".
He also captured the audience with the song, "The Harbour is Empty", which described his feeling as the boats would leave the Cartwright harbour for the last time in the fall.
During the last half-hour of the show, Mr. Martin was joined by George and Ed Davis of Cartwright and Selby Mesher - a former resident of Cartwright who now resides in Happy Valley- Goose Bay.
The group showed their skills playing the mandolin, guitar, and accordion.
Labrador's own singing legend ended his topnotch performance with "Visions of Labrador", which was the theme song to the Labrador Craft Producer's Association production which bears the same name.
The standing ovation Mr. Martin received at the end of the show was well deserved.
Fans of Harry Martin, including myself, will be glad to hear that he is expected to put out a new cassette sometime in the near future.
Harry Martin Entertains Crowd
A capacity audience was in attendance last Saturday night at the Happy Valley-Goose Bay Arcturus Theatre, where Cartwright native singer and songwriter Harry Martin was in concert to promote his new compact disc and cassette, "Visions of Labrador".
The show opened with another Cartwright native, Selby Mesher, who performed a number of selections, including two of his own compositions, "Labrador Moon" and Keep the Lamp Light Burning". Mr. Mesher closed out his opening act with a country gospel song entitled "Get Down on your knees and Pray", written by the late Byron chaulk of North West River.
Emcee for the evening, Sherry Moore, then introduced the star of the show, who sang several songs from his latest production which included numbers such as "Race to the Grave", "This is my Home", "Halfway up the Mountain", "Take me to the Country", "The Harbour is Empty", "Raven Hair" and the folk ballad "Visions of Labrador". Both Mr. Martin and Mr. Mesher received excellent back-up music and vocals from Ken Campbell, Gordie Crawford, George Davis, Melvin Hamel, Kathleen Borlase and Beverly Vey.
"This whole undertaking was planned in three weeks," she said. "We wanted to buy some new equipment for our community television station, so we approached Harry to do a joint program in promoting his new release. We offered to take care of all the public relations and Mr. Martin readily agreed."
The program organizer went on to say that they would definitely carry on with shows of this calibre, due to the overwhelming success of the Visions of Labrador venture.
Technicians from TVCL were on hand to make a television production of the show, which will be aired sometime this week. In a post-concert interview, Mr. Martin said that he was very happy with the whole production, given the organizing committee had to work within a very short time frame.
"I will he travelling to Ottawa later this month for the annual Labrador reunion," said Mr. Martin. "I thought it would be a good oppoltunity to use this trip as a launching pad for my new CD/Tape."
Although his future plans include nothing big, the singer/songwriter would like to do a tour of Newfoundland and Labrador with performances in the various Arts and Culture Centres.
When asked a bout the feathers that adorn the neck of his guitar, he explained that they were those of a great horned owl that was mistakenly killed in an animal trap.
"The three feathers represent the aboriginal culture (Innu and Inuit), the European and Aboriginal mix (Metis) and all other settlers in Labrador," he said. On a closing note, the celebrated performer praised the performance of his fellow countryman, Mr. Mesher.
"It seems that every time Selby gets on stage he does something different," said Mr. Martin, adding that his songs have a lot of potential.
One other highlight of the evening was the special guest appearance of CBC's Joe Muilins, alias Uncle Lewellyn. Mr. Mullins staged a comedy routine that was second to none, according to the rousing reception he received during his 20 minute dialogue.
Right from his opening line of his bemg pleased to be in the Octopus Theatre, along with his damaged suitcase, Listerine and the rooster, Quebec cigarettes, Lab (land and bounce) Air, plus other notorious puns, Uncle Lewellyn kept everyone in stitches.
"This likeable character that I portray started with the Corner Brook Playmaker's production of 'Home Brew' some 30 years ago," said Mr. Mullins. "I can definitely assure you that I'm a different character altogether from my broadcast personality."