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OBIT: Wade Hemsworth (1916-2002)

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THE BAD GIRL'S LAMENT
THE BLACKFLY SONG
THE FRANKLIN EXPEDITION
THE I'M ALONE
THE LAND OF THE MUSKEG (and the shining birch tree)
THE LOG DRIVER'S WALTZ
THE WILD GOOSE (2)
WHITE WATER


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Mike Regenstreif 20 Jan 02 - 10:20 AM
Willie-O 20 Jan 02 - 10:48 AM
Rick Fielding 20 Jan 02 - 11:10 AM
Jerry Dingleman: The Boy Wonder(inactve) 20 Jan 02 - 06:36 PM
wysiwyg 20 Jan 02 - 07:28 PM
Art Thieme 20 Jan 02 - 08:23 PM
Jon Bartlett 20 Jan 02 - 09:54 PM
Mike Regenstreif 23 Jan 02 - 12:30 PM
Jerry Dingleman: The Boy Wonder(inactve) 24 Jan 02 - 07:22 AM
Willie-O 24 Jan 02 - 09:00 AM
Jerry Dingleman: The Boy Wonder(inactve) 24 Jan 02 - 01:38 PM
Little Hawk 25 Jan 02 - 10:40 AM
lamarca 25 Jan 02 - 02:10 PM
Art Thieme 25 Jan 02 - 02:29 PM
Jerry Dingleman: The Boy Wonder(inactve) 25 Jan 02 - 02:59 PM
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Subject: Wade Hemsworth has passed away
From: Mike Regenstreif
Date: 20 Jan 02 - 10:20 AM

Wade Hemsworth, the dean of Canadian folk song writers, died yesterday at the age of 85. (I know it's academically incorrect to say that someone *wrote folk songs*, but Wade did.)

Among his songs were such classics as "The Log Driver's Waltz," "The Black Fly Song," "Foolish You," and "The Wild Goose."

Mike Regenstreif


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Subject: RE: Wade Hemsworth has passed away
From: Willie-O
Date: 20 Jan 02 - 10:48 AM

Ah. He was EIGHTY-FIVE? He sure appeared in good shape in the Adrienne Clarkson Presents documentary of a few years ago.

Wade Hemsworth was a national treasure, and his songs will live on for a long long time. He certainly did write folk songs.

Gone with the wild goose, to the land of the muskeg and the shining birch trees.

Willie-O


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Subject: RE: Wade Hemsworth has passed away
From: Rick Fielding
Date: 20 Jan 02 - 11:10 AM

Wonderful writer. That little ten inch Folkways album "Songs of the Canadian North Woods" was just about the first folk music record I ever heard. Borrowed it from Shimon Asch's Record lending Library in Montreal, while playing hooky from LCC. Good move.

Rick


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Subject: RE: Wade Hemsworth has passed away
From: Jerry Dingleman: The Boy Wonder(inactve)
Date: 20 Jan 02 - 06:36 PM

At least two of his songs, "The Black Fly Song" and "The Log Driver's Waltz," were made into animated shorts by the Canadian Film Board.

I understand that Wade Hemsworth wrote less than 20 songs in his lifetime. But every one was a gem.

Rick mentions his Folkways LP. It was recorded in 1955. His next album, a CD, was recorded in 1995 when he was almost 80.

A great figure.

Jerry


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Subject: RE: Wade Hemsworth has passed away
From: wysiwyg
Date: 20 Jan 02 - 07:28 PM

And that Canadian short with the Log Driver was so good-- the song was-- that it stuck with me permanently on first hearing, and drove me to search till I had found out what it was. Pow'ful!

~S~


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Subject: RE: Wade Hemsworth has passed away
From: Art Thieme
Date: 20 Jan 02 - 08:23 PM

Mike,

I am so sorry to hear this sad news. We never met but kept in touch by regular surface mail. Wade seemed rather amazed when I told hime that there were folks singing his songs all over the U.S. (I'd been in touch ever since I recorded "The Shining Birch Tree" for Sandy. Sometime Mudcatters, Jon Bartlett and Rika Ruebsaat's recording of "The Wild Goose" was my personal favorite of that song. And who was the man & wife team living (?) in Winnipeg (Lynn & Barry something was it?) who recorded a great version of "Log Driver's Waltz". Met and heard them at the Wiinipeg festival when Cathy Fink and Duck Donald were a team based out of that town. Podolac was running things then at the fest---before Toronto had a festival. 1972 maybe? And Dave (?) doing blues just great on a National guitar.

I first heard that ten-inch Folkways LP of Wade's about '59 when I took it out of the Chicago Public Library. I've still got those tapes...

He was a fine fellow---and, yes, a folksinger !!!

All the best,

Art Thieme


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Subject: RE: Wade Hemsworth has passed away
From: Jon Bartlett
Date: 20 Jan 02 - 09:54 PM

Thanks for your kind words, Art. Lynn and Barry Luft, from Calgary, are the ones you're possibly thinking of.(I just started a new thread in error titled "Wade Hemsworth RIP", not having spotted this one. Perhaps some helpful person could combine the two?)


20-Jan-02 - 09:48 PM
Subject: Wade Hemsworth RIP
From: Jon G. Bartlett


I've just received news of the death of Wade Hemsworth. Many Mucatters will know Wade as the author of The Wild Goose, The Black Fly Song, White Water, The Logdriver's Waltz, Land of the Muskeg and the Shining Birch Tree and many others. More info. below, and I'll keep Mudcatters apprised of the celebration spoken of in the last sentence.

"HEMSWORTH, Albert Wade. Peacefully at Ste-Anne-de Bellevue Hospital, January 19, 2002 at 12:30 am, aged eighty-five years. Beloved Husband of Shirley Singer, brother of Cherry Taylor, brother-in-law of Norma Hemsworth, Uncle and Great Uncle to many nieces and nephews.

Predeceased by his Wife, Irene Heywood, his Brother, Noel and his brother-in-law, Ken Taylor. Wade will be dearly missed by all his family and his many faithful friends. Wade was the composer of many popular songs about the Canadian experience, particularly life in the north woods of Quebec and Ontario. A retired design draftsman with the CN Railway, Wade was born in Brantford, Ontario and served with the RCAF in the Second World War. Wade's family would like to thank the kind and caring staff at Ste-Anne's for their excellent care. Cremation has taken place. Memorial service will take place at Trinity Anglican Church, Morin-Heights, Quebec, Wednesday, January 23, 2002 at 2:00 p.m. A celebration of Wade's life and music will be scheduled at a later date.

"At the last portage, when I'll pack no more Let me fly with the wild goose high over the north shore"


20-Jan-02 - 10:08 PM
Subject: RE: Wade Hemsworth RIP
From: Deckman


Thank you Jon ... Bob Nelson, Everett, Washington USA



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Subject: RE: OBIT: Wade Hemsworth has passed away
From: Mike Regenstreif
Date: 23 Jan 02 - 12:30 PM

The first hour of tomorrow's edition of Folk Roots/Folk Branches will feature a tribute to Wade Hemsworth.

Wade, a guest on Folk Roots/Folk Branches in 1996, was the dean of Canadian folk-rooted songwriters and he left behind a legacy of songs that have become folk music classics. ("The Black Fly Song," "Foolish You," "The Wild Goose," "The Log Driver's Waltz," etc.) We'll hear Wade's versions of some and versions of some by other artists.

Jack Nissenson, a founding member of The Mountain City 4, Montreal's legendary folk music group of the 1960s, will join me in the studio to talk about Wade.

We'll also have lots of other great music on the show.

Folk Roots/Folk Branches can be heard Thursday mornings from 9-11:30 (Eastern) on CKUT, 90.3 FM, in the Montreal area and in RealAudio from the Folk Roots/Folk Branches website.

Mike Regenstreif


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Subject: RE: OBIT: Wade Hemsworth has passed away
From: Jerry Dingleman: The Boy Wonder(inactve)
Date: 24 Jan 02 - 07:22 AM

Mike,

Jack Nissenson, now there's a great name from the past. Forty years ago, he taught the young McGarrigle sisters much of what they know about folk music.

Wade Hemsworth wrote some great songs, I'll be tuned into the program at 9:00.

Jerry


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Subject: RE: OBIT: Wade Hemsworth has passed away
From: Willie-O
Date: 24 Jan 02 - 09:00 AM

Talk about synchronicity. It's 9 a.m. Thursday, and I just tuned into CKUT on the web--as linked above. Just waiting for the program to start.

Thats a great quality stream considering its coming down my pokey backwoods dialup connection!

W-O


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Subject: RE: OBIT: Wade Hemsworth has passed away
From: Jerry Dingleman: The Boy Wonder(inactve)
Date: 24 Jan 02 - 01:38 PM

Mike,

Thanks for playing all of those Wade Hemsworth songs, including a couple that I'd never heard before. What a great songwriter he was, a creator of true folk music.

It was a treat hearing Jack Nissenson. It's been many years since I've heard him, or heard of him.

The rest of the show was excellent too.

Jerry


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Subject: RE: OBIT: Wade Hemsworth has passed away
From: Little Hawk
Date: 25 Jan 02 - 10:40 AM

I'll be darned...I didn't know about Wade Hemsworth himself, but I do know some of his songs. He was a classic songwriter for sure, and has made a lasting contribution.

- LH


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Subject: RE: OBIT: Wade Hemsworth has passed away
From: lamarca
Date: 25 Jan 02 - 02:10 PM

Serendipity strikes again - while doing my usual scan of abebooks.com for ballad collections, my search pulled up a dealer selling Wade Hemsworth's 1955 Folkways 10" LP - and it was a dealer just up the street from me! I went there last night and asked if they still had the record. The clerk grabbed a flashlight and went hunting in a dark and dusty back room, and voila! it was still there.

So, $12 later, we have Wade's recording in pretty good shape, with the little booklet still intact. It was a delight to hear him singing "Shining Birch Tree" and "The Black Fly Song" himself, having only heard Art's and Bill Staines' versions before...


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Subject: RE: OBIT: Wade Hemsworth has passed away
From: Art Thieme
Date: 25 Jan 02 - 02:29 PM

LaMarca,

I would give just about anything for a fairly good cassette copy of that old LP. My tape of it has been saved from a deteriorating reel-to-reel tape----and that is now about a 20th generation of the tape I made in the late 50s from the then already scratchy and worn recording. Wade sent me his last CD recently a few years ago but his was an elderly voice by the time he made it. It is the old record that really showed what a good folksinger Wade was in his prime. He deserves to have that old one available now. (My inability to pick and sing now, for medical reasons, is why I'll never do another recording. I owe it to those who might buy it to not lure them into puchasing a product that is inferior to my earlier stuff.)

Art Thieme


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Subject: RE: OBIT: Wade Hemsworth has passed away
From: Jerry Dingleman: The Boy Wonder(inactve)
Date: 25 Jan 02 - 02:59 PM

Art,

You can order any album ever released on Folkways on custom cassette for $10.95 or custom CD for $19.95. You can find the page for that Wade Hemsworth album, including ordering info by clicking here.

Jerry


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