Gopher Baroque

Gopher Baroque

BandFolkAcoustic

Now entering their 18th year, this excellent, award winning, acoustic folk trio features Canadian, contemporary and traditional works framed in 3 part harmony! Their original music and arrangements combine roots (celtic and others) with contemporary sounds, wisdom, wit, style and fun.

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Biography

Award winning, Ontario based (Kingston/Denbigh/Ottawa) Gopher Baroque has offered their unique performances for sixteen years.

Entertaining all ages from main stage at the festival to intimate coffee houses, they are quite suitable in a variety of show formats. From the amplified stage to the acoustic walk about, these performers are comfortable, knowledgeable, flexible and fun to work with.

Gopher Baroque also designs and presents Living History and Re-enactment roles for schools, museums, festivals, period events and private celebrations.

Gopher Baroque focuses on one thing: entertainment! Working hard to please their audience, these energetic entertainers respond to the folks out front to ensure that your crowd gets the great music they came for and more!

Sets flex with the needs of the crowd and event, and may begin with a foot stomping a cappella tune, offer a beautiful, gentle traditional ballad then have you laughing in your seats with their off beat (or on beat) humour!

Dawn Callan, Su Callan (yes, they're sisters) and Joe Grant each have a strong individual reputation and style of music/lyric composition which has combined to create a unique blend of thought, word and sound together.

Gopher Baroque is known for their "Canadiana folk eclectic"! They like to perform for a variety of audiences of all sizes and ages. The Gophers write and perform what feels right for them so they can comfortably and confidently provide their audiences with an experience they will enjoy.

What a proud bunch! Gopher Baroque has earned three honours: They won the ‘morbid song of the month’ contest so many times that the event was cancelled and the musicians were presented with mini caskets!

They are honoured to have a North American Folk Alliance award for education through folk music.

In 2003, they were chosen to showcase at the North East Region of the North American Folk Alliance conference.

Factor awarded Dawn Callan with four new songwriter’s grants for compositions featured on our CD “Holdin’ Down the Fort”.

The song "It's Colder Tonight" from "Holdin' Down the Fort" was also selected for publishing in the Canadian contemporary Poetry Compilation "Surfacing" as an example of a Canadian Ballad. Dawn is also a Founding Member Laureate of the International Society of Poets.

Lyrics

SHIPWRECKED WHISKY

Written By: J. Grant/D. Callan

SHIPWRECKED WHISKY
J. Grant / D. Callan

BACK IN 22 I WAS A YOUNG MAN
I REMEMBER THAT NOVEMBER
A SHIP STAGGERED IN
CITY OF DRESDEN ON A SOUTH EAST GALE ROT GUT CARGO
FOR ILLEGAL SALE
RIDIN' LOW AND LOADED
WATER LOGGED AND BLOATED
BARRELS ABOVE BOTTLES BELOW SHE HIT THE BAR
WITH A DEADLY BLOW
YOU COULD HEAR THAT WHISTLE SCREAMING GOT TO THE BEACH THOUGHT WE WERE DREAMIN'

CHORUS:
OLD CROW SHIP WRECKED WHISKY THE WHOLE TOWN'S SWIMMING CAN'T GET ENOUGH
IT'S A PROHIBITION RESCUE MISSION 8 THOUSAND GALLONS OF THE FINE OLD STUFF
8 THOUSAND GALLONS
OF THE FINE OLD STUFF

SOMEBODY CUT THE PHONE LINE WE ALL HEADED DOWN
TO GRAVELLY BAY
GRABBED AN OLD LIFE BOAT STARTED TO ROW
PULLIN' HELPLESS BOTTLES
FROM THE UNDERTOW
CORBY'S SPECIAL SELECTED
COULDN'T DRINK ALL
WE COLLECTED
WAGONS AND WHEELBARROWS STUCK IN THE SAND
BUGGIES OVERLOADED WITH SWEET CONTRABAND
ALL NIGHT DOWN ON THE SHORE
DRINK SOME HIDE SOME
GO BACK FOR MORE ...

CHORUS:

THE TOWN LOOKED DRY WHEN THE COPS CAME
COULDN'T FIND A DROP WE'D HIDDEN IT WELL
IN PRIVIES AND PIG PENS
STABLES AND STALLS, GUTTERS & GABLES CELLARS & WALLS
UNDER PILES OF DIRTY CLOTHES
IN HOLLOWED OUT BIBLES
AND SCARE CROWS
UP IN THE STEEPLES
AMONGST THE BELLS
IN THE LIBRARIES
ALONG THE SHELVES
BEHIND SHELLEY KEATS & BYRON
A LITTLE SOMETHING THERE
TO RETIRE ON ...

CHORUS:

THE YEARS HAVE GONE BY
AND I AM GROWING OLD
NEVER GOT RICH
ON THE WHISKY I STOLE
HERE'S MY ADVICE
IF YOUR HIDDIN' BOOZE
DON'T GET TOO DRUNK OR
YOU JUST MIGHT LOOSE ...
ALL SENSE OF DIRECTION
ALL HOPE OF RECOLLECTION ...

CHORUS:
8 THOUSAND GALLONS OF
THE FINE OLD STUFF
8 THOUSAND GALLONS OF
THE FINE OLD STUFF ...

HERSCHEL ISLAND SHANTY

Written By: D. Callan

HERSCHEL ISLAND
D. Callan

CHORUS: (x2 to open)
WELL IT’S HEAVE HO
THE ANCHOR'S OVERBOARD
OUT AMONG THE ICE FLOWS WHERE POLAR BEARS ARE LORD
WE'LL BE DREAMING OF TAHITI
IN OUR ARCTIC MISERY
CAUSE THERE AREN'T T
HAT MANY PALM TREES
ON THE COLD KAMCHATKA SEA

HERE'S ONE FOR ME WIFE
I LEFT HER FAR BEHIND
NOT MUCH TO LOOK AT BUT DISTANCE CAN BE KIND
SHE'S THE ONE I SAILS FOR
ME SHELTER FROM THE STORM
A COMFY COSY HARBOUR
BUILT TO KEEP YA WARM

CHORUS:

HERE'S ONE FOR ME MATES
A HAULING ON THE SAILS
TO SUMMERS SPENT TOGETHER CHASING AFTER WHALES
FROM COOK TO THE CABIN BOY EVERY MAN IS BRAVE
EVEN THOSE A SLEEPING DOWN BENEATH THE WAVES

CHORUS:

HERE'S ON FOR THE SKIPPER
HE'S A NASTY PIECE OF WORK
SOME WOULD CALL HIM THRIFTY TO ME HE'S JUST A BURKE
HE SAYS IT’S CAUSE OF RHEUMATIZ HE ALWAYS SMELLS OF RUM
BUT IT AIN'T JUST THE COLD AIR THAT KEEPS THE BEGGAR NUMB

CHORUS:

NOW HERE'S TO HERSCHEL ISLAND THAT FROZEN LUMP OF CLAY
WHERE MANY AN ICE-BOUND WHALER
SPENT A WINDLESS DAY
BARE-MASTED SCHOONERS BLASTED BY THE DIN
SCREAMIN' LIKE A BANSHEE WAILING IN THE WIND

CHORUS: (x2 to close)

SOMEWHERE IN FRANCE

Written By: Original Lyrics:, R. Knechtal Arrangement Assistance: J. Singleton Dawn Callan

Up in the attic of my Grandmother's house, lies a trunk with treasures in store.
It holds pictures of young men grown dusty with age, going off to fight in a war.
All the faded silk ribbons gather memories together, once sent to one left behind.
The stories they tell aren’t remembered that well, they're lost in the passage of time.

Chorus:
And if things could be different in this world of change, we'd waltz to our wedding dance.
But all I can send you are words from my heart in these letters from some where in France.
They buried them out there with her sweet replies, to those letters, from some where in France.

Jim was a young man when he left the farm, not far beyond the third line.
His girl was Adele, and he loved her quite well, she lingered on in his mind.
And while so far from home, so lost, so alone he wrote to her every day.
Save your kisses for me, some day I'll be coming back to take you away!

Chorus:
And if things could be different in this world of change, we'd waltz to our wedding dance.
But all I can send you are words from my heart in these letters from some where in France.
They buried them out there with her sweet replies, to those letters, from some where in France.

But in wars young men die leaving young girls to cry, and memories stored in a box.
Up the old attic stairs, once it's gone no one cares, what hides behind a lock.
Till a cold rainy day, when a young girl at play - discovers, just by chance.
After eighty long years, the love still shines clear, in those letters from somewhere in France.

Chorus:
And if things could be different in this world of change, we'd waltz to our wedding dance.
But all I can send you are words from my heart in these letters from some where in France.
They buried them out there with her sweet replies, to those letters, from some where in France.

They buried him out there with her sweet replied to those letters…. From somewhere in France…

Discography

NEW CD AVAILABLE: Shipwrecked Whisky
Buy Online: http://cdbaby.com/cd/gopherbaroque

CD: Holdin' Down the Fort
Buy Online: http://cdbaby.com/cd/gopherbaroque2

Other Recordings: In the Best of Traditions; Fish in the Sea; Gopher Folk; Gopher Kids

Set List

Gopher Baroque is primarily known for their original, historic, Canadian/North American folk music. Sets incorporate a variety of tempos, styles and topics. From the humorous to the thought provoking, Gopher Baroque is always entertaining and unique. Each venue, demographic and contract dictates the body of each set. All of our shows feature harmony and instrumentation.

We perform standard 45 minute sets for Festivals, Coffee Houses, Concerts and other stage oriented shows - these may be combined, shortened or altered as requested. A fifteen minute break between sets is required. Our typical sets include a cappella, up tempo, short ballad, instrumental, and original contemporary folk.

Excellent, Economical Entertainment!
When it comes to choosing where we play, it really is more about performing for the right audience then it is about the pay cheque.

If you are looking for an original, energetic, high on harmony trio that loves what they do, and are known for creativity, tal