Holdin' Down the Fort
Gopher Baroque: 'Holdin' Down the Fort' This double album features the talents of many musical present friends! 16 cuts of traditional, original and celtic influenced music (some of our award winners are on here). 'Dear Friends.....This selection (CD - Holdin' Down the Fort) of your group's lively and inspired songs will undoubtedly provide us with many hours of listening enjoyment.' D. Fowler LeBlanc & Hon. R. Le Blanc, Governor General of Canada (retired) (Holdin' Down The Fort has) 'Some terrific music...., with all honesty this is one of the best projects to come out of his (Dave Dawe's Summit Sound) studio...., cool fiddle...., Gustafsen Lake is just excellent!' G. Hunter, Second Intermission CKLC 'The title song (CD: Holdin' Down The Fort) has such a catchy tune that I hummed it for days... I'm willing to bet that many of Gopher Baroque's audiences are similarly infected'... 'They draw on both North American and Celtic influences, moving effortlessly between traditional love songs, rousing 'sing along material, and songs with a distinctly country feel....Many of the songs are inspired by Canadian history and geography'...'Callan has a real talent for seeing the human impact of historical events......, I particularly enjoyed her songs Somewhere In France, a sweet song of first world war love letters, and It's Colder Tonight, a country song that deserves to reach a large audience'. N. Colledge, The Canadian Folk Music Bulletin 'Gopher Baroque's (Holdin' Down the Fort) is a mix of highly Canadian materialand traditional instrumentals and ballads..., it's very, very good....the more I listen to this disc the more I like it.' G. Burliuk, Kingston Whig-Standard 'The real strength of Holdin Down The Fort (is it's) songwriting... and it's all good ...Perhapse the most powerful song is the first cut, Somewhere In France...The first time I heard this song it was a cover played on CBC...At the time I remember thinking that it had all the power of Eric Bogel''s And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda but from a distinctly Canadian point of view and musical style. I think Some where in France is going places as a song!...Holding Down the Fort is a good addition to any collection' *R. Brady, Northern Journey Internet 'Zine' 'The recording (Holding Down the Fort) is a dynamic combination of original contemporary songs and instrumentals with some favourite traditional tunes. The band was awarded a FACTOR grant to contribute to this project.. The styles of songs are diverse... contemporary Canadian - not adult contemporary, not folk, not easy listening, - a sound that appeals to a wide variety of ages and tastes.' * Staff Reporter Kingston This Week ( Holdin' Down The Fort is an) 'Excellent CD, Very Good writing, well balanced and a pleasure to listen to.' T. Coxworth, Host: CKUA RADIO: Folk Roots Their song Holdin' Down The Fort is perfect for these unsettled Canadian Times.....The group is such strong nationalists that they recently won an award for it. They made a presentation called (what else but) The Great Canadian Nation Celebration. G. Burliuk, Kingston Whig-Standard 'Their accumulated experience and classical training has brought together a wide range of musical expertise that translates into a diversity of musical sounds... Their music incorporates a variety of musical styles, from 500 year old Celtic fare to blues and transitional folk, that is inspired by traditional, baroque, and more modern artists.' D. McCord, Kingston This Week.