by Charlie Hansen
The summer has come and gone for this year and many great entertainment experiences were available to islanders and tourists alike. There was more entertainment on PEI this summer than ever before and we all hope that that plants a seed in the minds of those that hold the purse strings on PEI, that maybe this is a good thing and will be continued, perhaps on a smaller scale, in years to come.
After all the excitement of the summer has died down I have a very special recording project to report on by the name of The Island Railroad Line. This is a collection of original material by an accidental song writer.
After many years in the music business across North America and many years of retirement from music Carolyn Cameron is back in music in a very different way than before.
Carolyn criss crossed North America in the 70s with her group “The Coachmen” appearing with such artists as Bill Anderson, Faron Young, Ian and Sylvia, Dick Nolan and Chef Adams and was a member of The Sweet Daddy Siki Show for a number of years traveling extensively with the “sweet” man.
Carolyn made her home in Ontario for twenty seven years until she decided to return home to PEI.
The re-emergence of her musical career began by accident with the purchase of a guitar while vacationing in Florida. From this purchase came jams with friends and finally the first song writing experience called “Golden Years” mainly telling the story of her love for friends and the casual music experience.
The flaw in this incident came when she decided to record that song. On and on it went until she had written and recorded a full CD of twelve of her own songs. This CD reflects on family and personal experiences over the years that have left a mark both good and bad.
“Bible Story” a reflection of life with her father, “Dad’s Old Hammer” the story of her father building a home and a life for his family, “Life In A Scrapbook” a look back on old family memories told in pictures, and “A Yellow Rose” a grandmother story are only some of the great songs on this CD.
Don’t forget to get ready for the Music PEI awards as well as ECMA. They’re both sneaking up on us.