Al Tuck

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Al Tuck
Born (1966-12-23) December 23, 1966 (age 47)
Summerside, Prince Edward Island, Canada
Origin Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Genres Folk rock, indie rock
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 1994 – present
Labels Murderecords, Brobdingnagian, Youth Club
Associated acts Al Tuck and No Action
Catherine MacLellan
The Columbia Recording Artists
The Bluegrass Lawnmower
Website altuck.ca

Al Tuck (born December 23, 1966), is a Canadian songwriter and folksinger, from Prince Edward Island. He has spent much of his career based out of Halifax, Nova Scotia.[1]

Biography[edit]

Tuck was born in Summerside, Prince Edward Island, the son of editorial cartoonist and Anglican cleric Canon Robert Tuck. Al Tuck attended the University of King's College in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and began appearing in Halifax coffeehouses and college pubs, either as a solo performer or with his first couple of bands, namely The Columbia Recording Artists (band name suggested five minutes prior to taking stage for their first gig at University of King's College Wardroom in Halifax, N.S.) and The Bluegrass Lawnmower.

His formation of trio Al Tuck and No Action (with various musicians such as Tracy Stevens, Dave Marsh, Doug Under, Henri Sangalang, Matt Murphy, Charles Austin, Paul Mandell, Phil Harmonica, Harry Norris, Devon Henderson, Angus Parks, Lukas Pearse and Brock Caldwell) coincided with increased attention on the burgeoning Halifax independent music scene in the early 1990s. This led Tuck to a recording deal with Murderecords,[2] the boutique music label managed by Halifax pop act Sloan, as well as a nomination for an East Coast Music Award and an appearance at Lollapalooza.

Tuck's song "Buddah" is featured on the soundtrack of the Bob Dylan-themed documentary Complete Unknown.

Tuck was formerly married to singer Catherine MacLellan,[3] daughter of renowned P.E.I. songwriter Gene MacLellan. They have one daughter, Isabel.[4]

Tuck released Food for the Moon in 2009.[3] In a favourable review, Now magazine wrote, "Tuck’s voice – thin, rough-hewn, distinct – reaches out intimately, and his songwriting never drops beneath top-shelf."[5]

In 2010, Tuck was the voice of Milkman Cat in the Spike Jonze-produced animated short, Higglety-Pigglety Pop!.[6]

In June 2013, his studio album Stranger at the Wake was longlisted for the 2013 Polaris Music Prize.

Discography[edit]

Arhoolie (1994) – Murderecords[edit]

  1. "One Day the Warner"
  2. "Bone of Contention"
  3. "In My Dream"
  4. "Your Place or Mine"
  5. "Good & Ready"
  6. "The Grey Aria"
  7. "Doing My Time"
  8. "Country Blues"
  9. "Just Fine"
  10. "Hand It to You"

Brave Last Days (1994) – Murderecords[edit]

  1. "Last Waltz at the El Strato"
  2. "Buddah"
  3. "Can I Count on You"
  4. "Mr. Fixit"
  5. "Train of Thought"
  6. "I Can't Pretend"
  7. "Sign on the Window"
  8. "Face Down on the Page"

The New High Road of Song (2001) – Brobdingnagian[edit]

  1. "Eliminate Ya"
  2. "Killing Time"
  3. "Not a Lot of Laughs"
  4. "(Damn Near) Do Me Justice"
  5. "Not I"
  6. "Tips of My Fingers"
  7. "When It Rains (Flora)"
  8. "(Arise, Arise, Ye) Drowsy Sleeper"
  9. "Bean's Blues"
  10. Hurry (Soon It'll Be Too Late)"

Live at the Rebecca Cohn (2002) – Independent[edit]

  1. "Careless Love"
  2. "Imaginary Friends"
  3. "In the Days When the People Were Small and Few"
  4. "Peach-Picking Time in Georgia"
  5. "February's Snow"
  6. "Five-O"
  7. "As Soon as We Kiss"

My Blues Away (2005) – Independent[edit]

  1. "Falling for Catriona"
  2. "February's Snow"
  3. "She Quit Me in a Nice, Good Way"
  4. "As Soon as We Kiss"
  5. "Let Her Go, Let Her Go, God Bless Her"
  6. "Evil Eye"
  7. "That's How She Goes"
  8. "On the Train"
  9. "Brother from Another Mother"
  10. "I Handed You a Line"
  11. "Mona Lisa"
  12. "Big O' Me"
  13. "Sister Grace"
  14. "Six Strings, Nine Lives"
  15. "The Hour Meets the Man"

Food for the Moon (2009) – Independent[edit]

  1. "Every Red Road"
  2. "Talk (or Hold Your Peace)"
  3. "Tuck My Blues Away"
  4. "Dunk River Deceit Blues"
  5. "Food for the Moon"
  6. "Snowbird"
  7. "What Kind of Soul"
  8. "Ready (as I'm Ever Going to Be)"
  9. "Everyman"
  10. "The Birds"
  11. "Every Little Thing"
  12. "Queen of the Isle"
  13. "Free Me"

All Time Favourites (2010 compilation) – Youth Club Records[edit]

  1. "One Day the Warner"
  2. "Good and Ready"
  3. "Hand It to You"
  4. "Count on You"
  5. "Buddah"
  6. "Face Down on the Page"
  7. "When It Rains (Flora)"
  8. "Bean's Blues"
  9. "Eliminate Ya"
  10. "Brother from Another Mother"
  11. "That's How She Goes"
  12. "Big O' Me"

Under Your Shadow (2011) – New Scotland[edit]

  1. "Slapping The Make On You"
  2. "Saltwater Cowboy"
  3. "None But Your Mother"
  4. "No Need To Wonder"
  5. "Every Day Winning"
  6. "Hello, Prince Edward Island"
  7. "Ducktown"
  8. "Yawnsville"
  9. "Wishing Well"
  10. "Tomorrow"
  11. "Under Your Shadow"
  12. "O Come O Come Emmanuel"[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dickie, Mary (January 15, 2004). "The luck of Tuck: Singer/songwriter sees bright side of losing all his material in a fire", Jam!. Retrieved November 2, 2010.
  2. ^ Guimond, Steve (December 22, 2005). "No, not Al Green", Hour. Retrieved November 2, 2010.
  3. ^ a b Khanna, Vish (August 2009). "Al Tuck", Exclaim!. Retrieved November 2, 2010.
  4. ^ Doole, Kerry (June 2009). "Al Tuck: Food for the Moon", Exclaim!. Retrieved November 2, 2010.
  5. ^ Gillis, Carla (March 17, 2010). "Al Tuck: Food for the Moon", Now 29 (29). Retrieved November 2, 2010.
  6. ^ Titley, Hillary (January 21, 2010). "Al Tuck goes Pop!", The Coast. Retrieved November 2, 2010.
  7. ^ Hudson, Alex (October 28, 2010). "Al Tuck Looks Back with All Time Favourites Comp", Exclaim!. Retrieved November 2, 2010.

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