Ian Tamblyn

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Ian Gordon Tamblyn
Born (1947-12-02) December 2, 1947 (age 68)
Genres Folk
Occupation(s) Musician
Adventurer & Guide
Instruments Vocals
Hammered Dulcimer

Ian Tamblyn (born December 2, 1947) in is a Canadian folk music singer-songwriter and record producer, adventurer, and playwright.

Music career[edit]

Born and raised in Fort William, Ontario,[1] Tamblyn studied at Trent University, graduating in 1971 and subsequently settling in Chelsea, Quebec. He released a demo cassette, Moose Tracks, the same year. In 1976 he released his full-length debut album, Ian Tamblyn, which won a Juno Award for Best Folk Music Recording that year. Since that time he has completed over 25 recording projects. He plays guitar, piano, hammered dulcimer, and synthesizer, as well as singing.

Tamblyn has recorded a number of instrumental music albums inspired by his adventure travels to remote places such as the north shore of Lake Superior, the Nahanni River, and the Chukchi Sea, and his participation in scientific research expeditions to locations such as Greenland and Antarctica. Magnetic North and Antarctica incorporate on-location field recordings into the music. Magnetic North was nominated for a Juno Award for Best Instrumental Album of 1990. Over My Head was recorded in-studio after a live concert commissioned by the Canadian Museum of Nature, in which music was blended with tape looped field recordings of birds.

In 1999, Tamblyn composed the background music for the first season of the Canadian animated TV series Toad Patrol.

In 2008 Tamblyn, along with Bruce Cockburn and other Canadian folk artists released Dancing Alone, a two CD tribute album of the songs of influential Canadian songwriter and poet William Hawkins. Tamblyn also produced the majority of the tracks on the album.[2]

Tambyn entertained on the main stage at the Peterborough Folk Festival in 2001.[3]

Partial discography[edit]

  • Moose Tracks (1971)
  • Ian Tamblyn (1976) - Juno Award, Best Folk Music Recording
  • Closer to Home (1978)
  • When Will I See You Again (1980)
  • Dance Me Outside (1983)
  • Over My Head (1986)
  • Ghost Parade (1988)
  • Magnetic North (1990)
  • Through the Years ('76-'92) (1992, compilation)
  • Days of Sun and Wind
  • Antarctica (1994)
  • The Middle Distance (1995)
  • Lost Visions, Forgotten Dreams (1996)
  • The Body Needs to Travel (1997)
  • Voice in the Wilderness (2001)
  • Like the Way You're Tinkin (2002)
  • Angel's Share (2004)
  • Machine Works (2005)
  • Superior: Spirit and Light - The Four Coast Project: Vol.1 (2007)
  • Raincoast - The Four Coast Project: Vol.2 (2008)

Selected plays[edit]

  • Dream Children (1976)
  • Northern Affairs (1984)
  • Somebody Get Me a Job (1987)
  • Legends of the Northern Swamp (1990)
  • Land of Trash (1991)
  • Day in the Night of Zephyr Fallutyn (1995)


  1. ^ "Lost Visions, Forgotten Dreams". Civilisations. 28 September 1997. Retrieved 2009-09-29. 
  2. ^ "Folk legends Cockburn, Tamblyn record tribute to Ottawa cabbie". CBC News. 3 October 2008. Retrieved 2009-09-29. 
  3. ^ 12th Annual Peterborough Folk Festival official program, 26 August 2001

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