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1. Four Strong Winds

Four Strong Winds

Crissi's rendition of the popular folk song "Four Strong Winds", originally written by Ian Tyson and performed by the Canadian folk duo Ian and Sylvia. Performed, arranged, engineered and produced by Crissi Cochrane. Mixed by Soul Brother Mike.

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2. Four Strong Winds

Four Strong Winds

"Four Strong Winds" is a song written by Ian Tyson in the early 1960s and recorded by Canadian folk duo Ian and Sylvia. A significant part of the early 1960s folk revival. Performed by the East Cobb Session Players. 05.24.2017

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3. Four Strong Winds

Four Strong Winds

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6. Four Strong Winds

Four Strong Winds

In this segment of What's in a Song, Ian Tyson tells of writing his classic folk song "Four Strong Winds." Tyson remembers hearing Bob Dylan singing his new song  "Blowin' in The Wind" at a bar called the Kettle of Fish in 1962, and deciding he could write a good song about wind as well. The early 1960s brought an amazing array of young singers to Greenwich Village in New York City. Among the emerging stars of the folk revival were Bob Dylan, Ian and Sylvia, Judy Collins, Joan Baez, and Peter, Paul and Mary. Small coffee houses and bars provided a forum for these young singers to try out their new material. Originally from Canada, the folk duo, Ian and Sylvia, moved to Greenwich Village in New York City in the early 1960s where they took the country by storm, becoming one of the top draws in the folk revival. "Four Strong Winds" has been recorded by many artists including Neil Young (on his 1978 Comes a Time album as well as during the famous The Last Waltz concert when Young was with The Band, and in his 2005 documentary Neil Young: Heart of Gold), Sara McLachlan, Hank Snow, The Seekers, Judy Collins, the Chad Mitchell Trio, Bob Dylan, Marianne Bare, The Brothers Four (in an album of the same name), the Kingston Trio, Trini Lopez, Waylon Jennings, Chad and Jeremy, The Tragically Hip, Joan Baez, Vanity Fare, Johnny Cash, The Carter Family, Schooner Fare and Glenn Yarbrough. It was a hit by Bobby Bare in 1964. It was also a big hit in Norway in 1966 in a Norwegian version: "Mot ukjent sted" by the Vanguards, as well as a big hit in Sweden in 1967 in a Swedish version, "Mot okänt land" recorded by The Hep Stars. Ian Tyson's journey to the West began in the unlikely city of Victoria, British Columbia, where he rode his dad's horses on weekends and met cowboys in the pages of Will James' books, eventually following his cowboy dream to rodeo competition. Laid up after breaking a leg, Tyson learned the guitar and drifted East, becoming a key songwriter and performer in the folk revival movement. But the West always beckoned, and he later bought a ranch in Alberta, Canada, and found a new voice as the renowned Western Revival singer-songwriter and horseman that he is today. Tyson has recently released both a book "The Long Trail"

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7. Four Strong Winds

Four Strong Winds

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8. FOUR STRONG WINDS

FOUR STRONG WINDS

"Four Strong Winds" is an influential song written by Ian Tyson in the early 1960s and recorded by Canadian folk duo Ian and Sylvia.

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9. Four Strong Winds

Four Strong Winds

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11. Ian Tyson, Western Singer, Songwriter

Ian Tyson, Western Singer, Songwriter

Ian Tyson’s story is familiar to most.  He learned guitar in hospital, recovering from a bad fall in a rodeo, he upped stakes from Vancouver Island and hitchhiked to Toronto, where he met a young singer from small-town Ontario called Sylvia Fricker. As Ian & Sylvia, they were the Canadian stars of the early ’60s folk boom that gave the world Bob Dylan, Phil Ochs, Joan Baez, the Clancy Brothers and the Kingston Trio. Married in 1964, the pair made almost a dozen albums — and wrote some of Canada’s best-loved songs, including Ian’s “Four Strong Winds” and “Someday Soon,” and Sylvia’s “You Were on My Mind — songs that have all been covered countless times by some of the most famous artists of our time, including Dylan, Neil Young, Judy Collins, and a young Canadian singer the couple mentored in his early days, Gordon Lightfoot. During the British Invasion, Ian and Sylvia evolved into pioneers of country-rock. Their band, Great Speckled Bird, rivaled the Byrds and other groups which helped create modern country, a decade before the Urban Cowboy phase of contemporary “new traditionalists”. After hosting a national Canadian television music show from 1970 to 1975, Tyson realized his dream of returning to the Canadian West. The music and marriage of Ian and Sylvia had ended and it was now or never. Disillusioned with the Canadian country music scene, Tyson decided the time had come to return to his first love – training horses in the ranch country of southern Alberta. After three idyllic years cowboying in the Rockies at Pincher Creek, Tyson recorded the album Old Corrals & Sagebrush, consisting of cowboy songs, both traditional and new. “It was a kind of a musical Christmas card for my friends” he recalls. “We weren’t looking for a ‘hit’ or radio play or anything like that.” Unbeknownst to Tyson and his friends, the cowboy renaissance was about to find expression at the inaugural Elko Cowboy Poetry Gathering in 1983; a small coterie of saddle makers, rawhide braiders, cowboy poets and pickers discovered one another in a small cow town in northern Nevada. Tyson was invited to perform his “new western music”— and he’s missed only one or two gatherings in the 30 years since. He has continued to be honoured for his achievements. After numerous Canadian Country Music Awards, membership in the Juno Awards Hall of Fame — one of five such honours with various industry organizations — he has three honorary Doctorates, and is proudly a member of the Order of Canada.  “Four Strong Winds,” in 2006, was chosen Canada’s #1 song of the 20th century by CBC listeners. Continue Reading: http://buff.ly/18ICyKo

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