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Backstage: Douglas McLean Chats With Canadian Musician, Adventurer And Playwright Ian Tamblyn

By Douglas McLean.

I chat with Ian Tamblyn OC for my podcast series 'Backstage', Ian is a Canadian folk music singer-songwriter and record producer, adventurer and playwright. Tamblyn was born and raised in Fort William (now Thunder Bay), Ontario. In December 2021, Tamblyn was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada For his enduring contributions as a folk music icon, adventurer and cultural ambassador for Canada.

You can listen to the entire interview and music HERE

I first met Ian Tamblyn at Northern Lights Festival Boreal close to 50 years ago, and it’s been a joy to watch his continued skill and craft grow over these many years. His music is beyond an inspiration, delving poetically and figuratively into Canadian and Universal themes as only a master such as he can achieve.

It’s a great honour to have him on Backstage on the Sound Café, in conversation about his newest album, his 30th, A Longing For Innocence, his upcoming tours and his approach to songwriting, production, playwriting and more.

Ian Tamblyn has been a working musician since 1972. He has released dozens of albums of his work as well as acting as producer for many other artists. Over the years Ian has written too many songs and has given up on counting them. He has also written fourteen plays and over one hundred theatre soundtracks.

Mr. Tamblyn has received a number of awards and nominations. In 2012, Ian was made a fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographic Society for his guiding and creative work in the Canadian Arctic. He has been awarded the Estelle Klein and Helen Verger Awards for his contributions to Canadian folk music; he has a honourary doctorate from Lakehead University, a Distinguished Alumni Award from Trent University and was voted English Songwriter of the Year in 2010 by the Canadian Folk Music Awards, amongst other awards and nominations in the music and theatre world.

​Featured Songs:

Ghost of John Hurt

Woodsmoke and Oranges

Higher Plane


The Dolphins Came to Venice

Dark Secrets

Old Voice

You can listen to the entire interview and music HERE




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