Don Charbonneau

Don Charbonneau

BandFolk

Don's music describes the land he loves, lives and works on. Northern Ontario is truly a special place in the world - once you have experienced it's magic it never leaves you! His songs are a celebration of this beautiful part of Canada.

Biography

Don Charbonneau is a singer/songwriter who lives on the North shore of Lake Superior in the small Northern Ontario town of Wawa. His work as a wilderness and fishing guide and his reverence of nature are reflected in his song writing and music.
He has played many “great campfire and kitchen table” concerts in his career and under the coaxing of fans, friends and family decided to start recording his songs.
In 2004 his first album “Songs From the Coastline” was released and quickly sold out and 2005” Wildwood/Through Tom’s Eyes” was created - this album celebrates the life of the great Canadian wildnerness landscape artist Tom Thomson. His “Northern Highway” CD was released in May of 2006.

His new albumfor 2007 " Gitche Gumee~Songs From the Lake" is now available to order on his website www.doncharbonneau.com

Don prefers the small concert venues and house concerts. This summer he his returning to Whitefish and Manitowick Lake where he will working as a fishing guide and continuing the “campfire concert series.”

All lyrics and music composed by this artist.

Lyrics

Running Free

Written By: Don Charbonneau

Running Free

(all words and music by Don Charbonneau)

It’s cold out on this highway
Headlights coming down
There’s a man standing there waving at me
I know I’ve seen better days
I know I’ve seen better days

Started out on an island
Newfoundland is where I’ve made my start
Ran across the Maritimes
I felt like quitting there a hundred times
I felt like quitting there a hundred times

And I’m running for my life
And I’m running for my life
I’m running for you and me
I’m running for you and me

When I got down to White River
I knew something was going wrong
I had a dream in Terrace Bay
I dreamt this pain quit chasing me
I dreamt this pain quit chasing me

And I’m running for my life
And I’m running for my life
I’m running for you and me
And I’m running running running now
And I’m free
And I’m running running running now
And I’m free
And I’m running running running now
And I’m free

George From Moosonee

Written By: Don Charbonneau

George From Moosonee

When you’re travelling down that railway line
And you get to the end of the line
You’ll hear old George singing his song
About a time that’s slipped on by

He lives up there on the James Bay Coast
Where the wild geese fly
Where the artic wind just blows right in
And chills you to the bone
Ten miles from the salt water line

I met old George in Moosonee
A couple of years ago
He was playing his guitar
And singing some old tune
From a time that’s slipped on by
Down at the railway yard

When you’re travelling down that railway track
And you get to the end of the line
You’ll hear old George singing his song
About a time that’s slipped on by

He lives up there near the James Bay Coast
Where the wild geese fly
Where the artic wind just blows right in
And chills you to the bone
Ten miles from the salt water line
Ten miles from the salt water line
Ten miles from the salt water line

Discography

Songs From the Coastline (2004)

Don's first CD titled Songs from the Coastline/Safe Harbour is a wonderful collection of songs inspired by his Northern roots. His experience as a fishing and wilderness guide is reflected in his songwriting.This album contains sixteen original songs written and performed by this artist. If you love the Lake Superior region you'll love this music!

Travel down the coast and highway 17 and visit places like Katherine Cove, Garguantua Harbour and the Devil's Chair. Michipicoten Bay is next and all the way to the Pukaskwa... hear the sound of waves crashing on the shore and Lake Superior singing her song...
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Wildwood/Through Tom's Eyes ( June 2005)

The music on this album 'Wildwood/Through Tom's Eyes' celebrates the life and work of Algonquin artist Tom Thomson..."The richly textured musical arrangements are combined with a fictional account of Tom Thomson's life in Algonquin Park. The settings described in the songs, however,include actual characters,places and events which significantly influenced the life and work of this artist"...(Review/Algoma Singer/Songwriters - Phil Mantello)
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Northern Highway (release date April 26/2006)

The last link of the Trans-Canada Highway was finally opened in 1960 making Canada accessible by road from coast to coast for the first time.

Highway 17 North from Sault Ste. Marie to Wawa proved to be the most difficult and costly to complete. The section of highway between Montreal River and Wawa was said to have cost a million dollars a mile.

This part of the Trans-Canada Highway became a very popular tourist route featuring the incredible Lake Superior Coastline as a backdrop. It was traveled (and still is) by people from all over the world and from all walks of life.

This highway has inspired many artists to write songs and poetry, and to photograph and paint the landscape.

"...I decided to write a collection of songs that reflects some of this northern highway’s history"...

The story begins in Agawa Bay and ends near Thunder Bay with a song dedicated to the memory of a great Canadian folk hero, Terry Fox, who left us with a million dreams…
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New CD for 2007 "Gitche Gumee/Songs From the Lake"

Don has released a new CD which features eight of his most requested Big Lake tunes and six new new songs.
His Summer of 98' (Bear Song) has been featured on the CBC Morning Show in Sudbury Ontario. All of Don's music has been accepted in the music libraries of CBC Radio.


Set List

At a house concert venues usually two 45 minutes sets are performed and a 1 hour set is standard for a small or large concert venue.

The song list will vary according to the type of venue i.e. if playing in Lake Superior Park the set list will include Big Lake tunes like Agawa Bay, The Devil's Chair, The Three Sisters, Northern Highway ect...
I usually tell a short story describing the song to be performed - for example The Three Sisters is a song about my old 1965 Starcraft boat I used on Lake Superior for fishing charters - this boat caught fire a couple of times was broken down ect... I find the audience enjoys these stories as much as the song!