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PROCRASTINATOR (2015)

Chris’s brand new recording, Procrastinator, is a collage of 14 original songs and is available directly through Chris and will soon be in select Ottawa area independent CD outlets. Stay tuned!

It dismays me that I misspelled the name of one of the song sponsors on the liner notes. Janet Thorsteinson has been a strong supporter of my music and sponsored the disc's title track. My deepest apologies!

Free download: SALT and STONE (the encore song at the CD release show). There simply wasn't enough room on the disc. Enjoy!

CREDITS:
All songs copyright © Chris MacLean, SOCAN

Produced, Engineered, and Mixed by Matt Ouimet, Ottawa ON

Musicians:
Chris MacLean (Lead and Backing Vocal, Acoustic guitar)
Matt Ouimet (Pedal Steel, Percussion, Organ, Acoustic & Electric Guitars, Bass Keys,
Bass, Dobro, Melotron, and Backing Vocals)
Phil Shaw Bova (Drums)
Jake Von Wurden (Acoustic Bass)
Steve Boudreau (Keyboards)
Craig Pederson (Trumpet)
Raphael Weinroth-Browne (composed and performed Cello and played Rhodes)
Jennifer Noxon (Backing Vocal)
Christine Graves (Backing Vocal)

Additional engineering by: Alex Gamble at Union Sound Company in Toronto, ON
Mastering: Phil Shaw Bova at Bova Lab in Ottawa, ON
Artwork and Web design: Chris MacLean
Photos: Rick Muise

Song Sponsors:
Janet Thorsteinson (for Procrastinator)
Dean & Ruth Stewart-Verger (for You Were Meant to Love)
Heidi Honegger (for Old Crow)
Brian Foran (for Before Me Now)
Chairman George (for Close Your Eyes, in memory of Theodore Sampson PhD)
Barb Fowler (for Shiny, in memory of Matt Shiny Shaughnessy)
Sur la lune Ice Cream, Wakefield QC (for Crooked Lines)
Sandy and Lois Johnston (for Old Crow)
Chris Butchart (for Winter Heart)
Susan and Rick Bramm (for Across the Channel)
Rick Muise (for Salt & Stone - bonus online track)

Click here for the LYRICS for all 15 songs.

TRACKS and who played on them:

  1. Close Your Eyes
    Chris: Lead and Backing Vocal
    Jake: Bass
    Raphael: Cello, Rhodes
    Matt: Pedal Steel and Backing Vocal

  2. Old Crow
    Chris: Vocal and Acoustic Guitar
    Matt: Percussion, Acoustic Guitar, and Backing Vocal
    Jake: Bass
    Raphael: Cello
    Christine and Jennifer: Backing Vocals

  3. Let My Burden Go
    Chris: Vocal and Acoustic Guitar
    Matt: Percussion, Organ, Bass Keys, Acoustic Guitar, and Backing Vocal
    Craig: Trumpet

  4. Procrastinator
    Chris: Lead and Backing Vocals
    Christine and Jennifer: Backing Vocals
    Matt: Percussion, Pedal Steel, and Backing Vocal
    Steve: Piano
    Craig: Trumpet

  5. Shiny
    Chris: Lead and Backing Vocals, Acoustic Guitar
    Matt: Drums, Bass, Acoustic Guitar, Percussion, Pedal Steel, Organ, and Backing Vocal           
    Craig: Trumpet
    Raphael: Cello

  6. Tender and Tough
    Chris: Lead Vocal
    Phil: Drums
    Matt: Electric Guitars, Bass, Percussion, Backing Vocal, Pedal Steel
    Steve: Whurlitzer
    Raphael: Cello

  7. Winter Heart
    Chris: Lead Vocal, Acoustic Guitar
    Phil: Drums
    Matt: Bass, Dobro, Percussion, Pedal Steel, Organ, Backing Vocal
    Craig: Trumpet
    Raphael: Cello
    Christine and Jennifer: Backing Vocals

  8. Sweet Release
    Chris: Lead Vocal and Backing Vocals, and Acoustic Guitar
    Phil: Drums
    Matt: Bass Keys, Dobro, Pedal Steel, Percussion, Organ, Acoustic Guitar, and Backing Vocal
    Steve: Whurlitzer
    Christine and Jennifer: Backing Vocals

  9. On the Rise
    Chris: Lead Vocal
    Matt: Drums, Bass, Electric Guitar, and Backing Vocal
    Steve: Piano
    Christine and Jennifer: Backing Vocals

  10. You Were Meant To Love
    Chris: Lead Vocal and Backing Vocals, and Acoustic Guitar
    Matt: Drums, Bass, Electric Guitar, Percussion, Organ, and Backing Vocals
    Steve: Piano
    Raphael: Cello
    Christine and Jennifer: Backing Vocals

  11. Before Me Now
    Chris: Lead Vocal and Acoustic Guitar
    Matt: Percussion, Bass, Pedal Steel, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Dobro, and Backing Vocal
    Raphael: Cello

  12. Whiskey Kisses
    Chris: Lead Vocal and Acoustic Guitar
    Phil: Drums
    Jake: Bass
    Steve: Whurlitzer
    Matt: Acoustic Guitar, Percussion, and Backing Vocal

  13. Across the Channel
    Chris: Lead Vocal, Acoustic Guitar
    Matt: Pedal Steel, Organ, Melotron, Acoustic Guitar, and Backing Vocal

  14. Crooked Lines
    Chris: Lead and Backing Vocals, Acoustic Guitar
    Phil: Drums
    Jake: Bass
    Matt: Percussion, Organ, and Backing Vocal
    Steve: Whurlitzer
    Christine and Jennifer: Backing Vocal

  15. BONUS download (coming soon)
    Salt and Stone
    Chris: Lead and Scat Vocal
    Phil: Drums
    Matt: Bass, Acoustic Guitar, Percussion, and Backing Vocal
    Steve: Piano

FEET BE STILL (2009)

CREDITS:
Co-produced by: Ian Tamblyn, Chris MacLean and James Stephens
Recording Engineer: James Stephens, Chelsea QC
Mixing: Dave Bignell, Ian Tamblyn at Heat of Sound, Ottawa ON
Mastering: David Cain at SoundMaster Studio, Ottawa ON
Artwork: Chris MacLean, Wakefield QC
Photography: Franziska Heinz, Wakefield QC

MUSICIANS:
Chris MacLean: Lead and Backing Vocals; Acoustic Guitar; Mountain Dulcimer; Harmonium; Root Drum; and Percussion
Stuart Watkins: Bass
Olivier Fairfield: Drums and Percussion
Fred Guignon: Guitars
James Stephens: Fiddle; Mandolin; and Backing Vocals
Don Cummings: Organ
Ian Tamblyn: Harmonium and Hammered Dulcimer
Brian Sanderson: Shehnai

SONGS:
(all songs copyright Chris MacLean except The Water is Wide and Wayfaring Stranger)

  1. The Map Inside
  2. Feet Be Still (The Colleen Peterson Award for Songwriting from Ontario Arts Council)
  3. Let Yourself In
  4. Snow
  5. Song for Tibet
  6. A Dog Named Money
  7. Sister's of Charity (Folk Music Ontario (OCFF)  Songs from the Heart Award for Best Historical Song)
  8. The Water is Wide
  9. Sweet Love
  10. The Promise of Peace
  11. Wayfaring Stranger
  12. Naysayer's Redemption

PRESS: this part of the site still under construction

OTTAWA CITIZEN, SATURDAY OCTOBER 3rd 2009
FEET BE STILL 4 STARS Patrick Langston

“Chris MacLean is a singer you trust. Maybe it’s her lyrics – she’s especially good at marrying interior and exterior landscapes – or maybe it’s her voice, an inviting blend of warmth and clarity.
Then again, perhaps it’s the hope underpinning her music: “There’s still time,” she sings in Song for Tibet, her assurance extending beyond the borders of just one troubled country.
Whatever her secret, the Gatineau hills-based singer/songwriter is a balanced voice in an off-kilter world.
Most of the tunes on her second solo album are original and occasionally less subtle than they could be, particularly when touching on environmental degradation.
MacLean also breathes fresh life into folk nuggets like The Water is Wide.” 

Listen to Feet Be Still on REVERBNATION or CBC. Buy Feet Be Still from CD Baby.

 

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We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $153 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country.

Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien. L’an dernier, le Conseil a investi 153 millions de dollars pour mettre de l’art dans la vie des Canadiennes et des Canadiens de tout le pays.

 

Chris MacLean: Feet Be Still