Brian Vardigans

Brian Vardigans

 Kentville, Nova Scotia, CAN
BandFolkAcoustic

BRIAN'S ORIGINAL SONGS ARE STEEPED IN CANADIAN CONTEMPORARY FOLK MUSIC TRADITION. HIS SONGS REFLECT HIS MARITIME SURROUNDINGS. ON HIS LATEST CD, SEABOARD TOWN, ALL VOCALS AND INSTRUMENTATION ARE BY THE ARTIST.

Biography

2011 THE VINYL CAFE WITH STUART MCLEAN FEATURES BRIAN'S SONG ,"SPRINGHILL" ALONG WITH SONGS BY JOEL PLASKETT, MOLLY RANKIN, THE ONCE, AND IN-FLIGHT SAFETY.

2010 SAN DIEGO CALIFORNIA ACOUSTIC PIE "SPRINGHILL" #1 SONG FOR NOVEMBER 2010

USA BASED FOLK DJ LIST TOP 100 ALBUMS 2009 AT #56

2009 KVRM NEVADA CITY LIMITS CALIFORNIA "SPRINGHILL"#3 TOP TEN ALBUMS

2009 KBCS SEATTLE "SPRINGHILL" #4 TOP TEN ALBUMS

2009 NOVA SCOTIA MUSIC AWARDS FOLK ALBUM OF THE YEAR NOMINEE

2009 WINNER OF THE LUNENBURG FOLK HARBOUR FESTIVAL SONGWRITING COMPETITION

2009 CBC GALAXIE FOLK RADIO TOP TEN CHART FOR FIVE MONTHS STRAIGHT

A native of Hillsborough, New Brunswick, Brian now lives in the Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia.

Brian has performed in concert at the Steel Recital Hall, University of Prince Edward Island, the Charlottetown Confederation Centre of the Arts, P.E.I., the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium, and The Sir James Dunn Theatre, Halifax, Nova Scotia and has recorded several sessions for CBC national and regional radio produced by Glenn Meisner, past producer of the Ocean Limited and currently the producer of Atlantic Airwaves.

In 2003 he showcased at the East Coast Music Awards Roots Room in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

On October 23-24, 2008, he appeared in concert with The Ruddick Sisters, Peggy Seeger, and The Men of the Deeps in Springhill, Nova Scotia, receiving a standing ovation from the hometown crowd for the title song of his CD, “Springhill”, later released in February 2009.

Songs from Springhill have been played internationally on stations in Australia, New Zealand, Israel, throughout the United States, and across Canada. In May of 2009 Springhill became the second most played Canadian, folk album on CBC Galaxie Radio for that month.

In July 2009, Roch Parisien, music and multi-media critic, past Juno Awards juror, and current programmer of CBC Galaxie Folk Radio, Canada’s premier folk music station, named Springhill his number three choice of international folk albums.

Winner of The 2009 Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival Songwriting Competition, Springhill remained in the Top Ten Galaxie Folk Radio charts, both Canadian and/or International combined, for five straight months as of August 2009.

Lyrics

Springhill

Written By: Brian Vardigans

Springhill

These are green hills now
This is air you can breath
And the small miners’ homes
Are all painted up and sheathed
But when I was a child
You know that wasn’t so
There was coal dust up above us
And coal dust down below
And the black miners’ faces
Were as common as a penny
Now fifty years later
You won’t find any
These are green hills now

It’s a drive thru now
Another roadside attraction
Where Anne Murray is an icon
And Snowbird is a legend
But when I was a child
It was all black and white
When the cameras waited
In the dark of the night
And I recall their anxious voices
As the draegermen went down
To search for their loved ones
So deep underground
These are green hills now

These are green hills now
But I remember those days
When the big bump came
And replaced the old ways
When the mine shut down
From the danger and the sorrow
And they built us a prison
Where I’ll go to work tomorrow
There’s a prison up above
There’s a prison down below
Where deep waters find the tunnels
Only miners used to know
These are green hills now

These are green hills now
This is air you can breath
And the small miners’ homes
Are all painted up and sheathed
There are pictures on the walls
There are stories to be told
Where these green hills run
Over dark seams of coal
Some things are written in blood
Some things are written in stone
Like the names of dead soldiers
These miners far below
These are green hills now

These are green hills now
This is air you can breath
And the small miners' homes
Are all painted up and sheathed
But when I was a child
You know that wasn’t so
There was coal dust up above us
And coal dust down below
And the black miners’ faces
Were as common as a penny
Now fifty years later
You won’t find any
These are green hills now

Copyright 2008
Brian Vardigans

Soldier

Written By: Brian Vardigans

Soldier

I am your soldier
Here in your war
I am your son
The one you waited for
I signed up for the cause
The picture shows my pride
I remember how you cried for me
When I became a soldier in your war
I am a soldier in your war
I am a soldier in your war

I am the child
Who lived next door
Who skinned his knees
While playing war
Sure you remember me
I climbed your apple trees
Afraid of honeybees and wasps
But now I’m a soldier in your war
Now I’m a soldier in your war
Now I’m a soldier in your war

I am your soldier
Cut and dried
There’s nothing you can do
When I walk by to hide
Look into my eyes and you will see
Wars deep dark history
For I am a soldier in your war
I am a soldier in your war
I am a soldier in your war

I am your little boy
All washed and clean
I am your little boy
Still in your dreams
But I killed somebody yesterday
And the thought won’t go away
He was a soldier just like me
He was a soldier in your war
He was a soldier in your war
He was a soldier in your war

I am your soldier
Look what I’ve done
You can’t say these hands of mine
Didn’t hold your gun
That they didn’t hold your point of view
I’m here because of you
I am a soldier in your war
I am a soldier in your war
I am just a soldier in your war

I am your soldier
I breathe the desert heat
I fight this war alone
Far from your city streets
Far from your country strong and free
Far from your land of liberty
Far from your place of happiness
Far from the world that god has blessed

I am a soldier in your war
I am a soldier in your war
I am a soldier in your war
No more

Copyright 2008
Brian Vardigans

Tell Her

Written By: Brian Vardigans

Tell Her

No I don’t believe in magic anymore
When you walk out one then in another door
There’s no way to conceal
The fiction from the real I know
If you see her won’t you tell her that’s the show
I had to go

There’s the number on the house where I once lived
There’s a stranger in the yard where I once loved
Yes, the neighbourhood has changed
Everything is rearranged, its true
If you see her won’t you tell her that I flew
Into the blue

There’s a river runs along
Like a meter of this song
Turns a corner then disappears
And sometimes it feels like that
I can’t find my way back
And I’m missing the missing years

All the children still go laughing one by one
Playing hockey in the streets and having fun
Yes I know I’m getting old
But there’s a story to be told, begun
If you see her tell her that I had to run
Into the sun

No I don’t believe in magic anymore
Where you walk out one then in another door
There’s a river runs along
Like a meter of this song
Turns a corner then disappears
And sometimes it feels like that
I can’t find my way back
And I’m missing the missing years

Copyright 2008
Brian Vardigans

Valley So Wide

Written By: Brian Vardigans

Valley So Wide

Little white churches
all painted up with pride
Here in this valley so deep
Here in this valley so wide
Snow in the springtime
Covers the countryside
Here in this valley so deep
Here in this valley so wide

This ain’t New York
This ain’t L.A.
I don’t need to get away
To another place
To another place
To another place
To another place

Said you’d be coming home
You must have missed your flight
Or did you change your mind
Something just ain’t right
You’re missing the hometown queen
And her victory ride
Here in this valley so deep
Here in this valley so wide

The apple trees are in bloom
With winter still in the moon
The parade passes and the bagpipes squeeze out tunes

Down at the local bar
Well they’re all tuned up
Outside the pickup trucks
Are kicking up some dust
I’ll spend all my money honey
On these slot machines
It never pays to dream
It never pays to dream
This ain’t New York
This ain’t L.A.
I don’t need to get away

Worked in the Rockies
Came home I couldn’t sleep
Away from this valley so wide
Away from this valley so deep
You can lay me down
My simple soul to keep
Here in this valley so wide
Here in this valley so deep

The apple trees are in bloom
With winter still in the moon
The parade passes and the bagpipes squeeze out tunes
Here in this valley so deep
Here in this valley so wide

This ain’t New York
This ain’t L.A.
I don’t need to get away
To another place
To another place
To another place
To another place

Copyright 2008
Brian Vardigans

Bring Us Near

Written By: Brian Vardigans

Bring Us Near

If you could spend a night beneath
A maritime moon filled sky
Hear Nova Scotia’s ocean roar
Or a lonely seagull’s cry
Light a fire to keep you warm
When the autumn nights are clear
You would understand me better
That would bring us near

If you could feel that south wind blow
Cross your back on a red clay shore
Go drifting back
Like a mariner old
With his thoughts so long before
Make a promise that you’d never change
From the man who was standing there
You would understand me better
That would bring us near

And if you ever feel that peace of mind
It will not let you be
I wish that I could take you there
By the ocean you and me
You would feel that whole earth breathe
As a feeling stole your fears
You would understand me better
That would bring us near

Copyright 2008
Brian Vardigans

Billy and Jane

Written By: Brian Vardigans

Billy and Jane

It all started twenty years ago
She wanted out but he wouldn’t let her go
At first she liked his jealous heart
But that soon changed it soon fell apart
A broken knuckle and a bruise on his right hand
She begged for mercy but mercy never came
And down the road someone who heard it all
Too damn scared to pick up the phone and call

Billy was a big hard drinking man
Late at night Jane would suffer at his hands
No white knight to set that maiden free
Jane lived in fear and misery

And in the morning Billy said “Jane I’m your man”
She didn’t look up didn’t know didn’t understand
Without another word he’d leave for town
But he’d be back tonight for another round

The terror in her heart was strong and real
Till one night she found him sleeping behind the wheel
Of his pickup truck in a drunken state
She blew that man away she’d learned to hate

Billy was a big hard drinking man
Late at night Jane would suffer at his hands
No white knight to set that maiden free
Jane lived in fear and misery

The paper said it was murder in the first degree
Self-defense was very difficult to see
But those who knew her well swear to this day
Jane had little choice but to end it that way

And Jane she died with her secret yet unsolved
Suicide or was someone else involved
Left her cold and silent in a parking lot
No scribbled note, powder burns from a single shot

Billy was a big hard drinking man
Late at night Jane would suffer at his hands
No white knight to set that maiden free
Jane lived in fear and misery

Brian Vardigans
Copyright 2008

Discography

Take It To Heart (vinyl- no longer available)
Late At Night 2003 CD ( available at concerts only)
Springhill released February 2009 ( available at concerts and thorugh website purchase order).
COMPLETED AND SOON TO BE RELEASED 2011 SEABOARD TOWN

Set List

Typically we do not do cover material albeit on occasion cover songs are interspersed with original material in concert.
Our concert sets generally cover a two hour show inclusive of a twenty minute intermission.