Marty Siltanen

Marty Siltanen

 Goulais River, Ontario, CAN
SoloFolkSinger/Songwriter

Marty combines acoustic flat-pickin' and fingerpickin' guitar with interesting stories, memorable melodies and vocals to create a warm and lively musical experience.

Biography

Folk = people = real life = the roots of the music of Marty and Lil.

Marty combines acoustic flat-pickin' and fingerpickin' guitar with interesting stories, memorable melodies and vocals to create a warm and lively musical experience. "It's a simple sound, very inviting and very listenable!" He’s often joined by Lil Siltanen on vocals and djembe drum to create sweet harmonies and fun rhythms.

You’ll hear flavours of traditional folk, Celtic, bluegrass, country AND western in Marty’s original folk songs, along with covers of contemporary songwriters such as Kim Barlow, Jane Hawley, Ian Tamblyn, Neil Young, Gordon Lightfoot, Kieran Kane and John Prine.

Marty’s independent CD, ‘It’s a Long Way to Roam’, has 10 original songs about cowboys, fur traders, trucks, love, and the old home place.

Marty’s new songs continue a ‘Canadiana’ theme with a suite of songs about the painter Tom Thomson. "It's not just Tom the painter and woodsman in Algonquin Park, but more about what he was thinking and feeling at the time in 1917", Marty says.

Another new song, ‘Farmer’s Road’, took 3rd place in the ‘Best Song of Alberta’ category at the 2008 Calgary Folk Festival’s Songwriter Contest.

An honest turn of phrase and a heart-felt melody... that's what characterizes Marty’s singing and songwriting. Stories seen through plaid-coloured glasses. Red plaid... honest stuff!




Lyrics

It's A Long Way to Roam

Written By: Marty Siltanen

I have travelled the highways,
Singing the songs of the road.
Always looking to find ways,
To lose all my worries and woes
Even when the sun shone on my coat
There was something inside that was cold
It shadowed me daily,
Never left me alone.

CHORUS
It’s a long way to roam,
To find a path of your own.
(But) don’t lose the road
that leads you back home.
To the place where you belong.
It’s a long way to roam.
It’s a long way to roam.

Many people have found me,
wanting a friend for the day.
Never reaching the end of the road,
leaving their names by the way.
Even when I had darkness for light,
I always knew which road was right.
Then the signs disappeared,
Leaving only my fears.

(CHORUS)

Now I wander the backroads,
looking for signs of my youth.
I can't remember the pathways,
that led me so far from the truth.
And now when I'm singing my songs,
Those feelings inside me are gone.
And I search for the mem'ry,
to guide me back home.

(CHORUS)

Off to the Northern Coast

Written By: Marty Siltanen

I know a place the woods are tall,
the ocean's close at hand,
The rocks and trees around us,
would hide us from The Man.
We'll leave this land of tyranny,
and warring heavy hand,
To find a place of freedom,
and live upon the land.

Chorus
So we're, off to the northern coast,
and bring the family.
To live among the cedar trees,
in peace and harmony.

We'll build a house up in the woods,
and fish upon the bay.
Grow the things we need to live,
and find a better way.
Sing our songs of happiness,
peace and freedom, too.
They'll never know where we have gone,
or tell us what to do.

(Chorus)

We'll cross the line at Oroville,
head west through Allison Pass,
Then down the Fraser River,
'til we see the sea at last.
Head up north along the coast,
as far as you can run,
I know the place we're looking for,
the road will end at Lund.

(Chorus)

The Old Songs

Written By: Marty Siltanen

I could sing a song about,
the troubles that are in my life.
I could sing a song about,
my feelings for you.
I wouldn’t want to bring you down,
Make you feel uncomfortable.
It happens too easy today
so here’s what I’ll do.

Chorus
Singing all the old songs,
The ones on the radio.
Singing all the old songs,
The ones everybody knows.
The ones with the melodies
that make you feel alright.
Singing all the old songs tonight.

Sometimes when I’m feeling low,
need to lift my spirits up,
I turn on the radio,
and something feels right.
I sing out a little tune,
paints a picture of happiness
Singin' songs can make you feel
so happy and bright.

(Chorus)

(Bridge)
There’s too many ways today
for us to feel blue.
Too much confusion
about the right thing to do.
Singing an old song
is an easy thing to do.
If you know the words
you can sing along, too.

(Chorus)

Singing all the old songs tonight.

Sagebrush and Pine

Written By: Martin Siltanen

Look 'cross the valley, Out on the range
Where the sun lights the coulee, with blazing red flames
That's where I'm going, That's where I'm bound
Ain't nowhere else matters, nowhere I've found.

Makin' my way, Takin' my time
Another good day of Sagebrush and Pine.

There's change in the weather, a storm rollin' in
I turn up my collar, Turn my back to the wind.
Camp in the shadow, keep the fire down low
But the rain doesn’t come, just a hard wind blows.

Makin' my way, Takin' my time
Another good day of Sagebrush and Pine.

Where the coyote sings, the hawk's on the wing,
and the wind and the tumbleweeds blow
But now they're drillin' for oil, the sun burns the soil,
and city folks buildin' their homes
On land that I used to roam,
Guess it's time to move on.

Down by the river, that floods every spring
But this year it's different, we ain't had no rain
The Cottonwood's dying, the river runs low
Could be it's me, I guess, just growing old.

Makin' my way, Takin' my time
Another good day of Sagebrush and Pine.

I need one more day of Sagebrush and Pine.

Farmer's Road

Written By: Martin Siltanen

There's a cold wind blowin' cross the prairie, Hard frost in the air
I'm lookin' across an open field, Stubble brown and bare
There was a time, this field was mine, I combined very row
Planted every seed that grew but that was years ago

Down Farmer's Road, it never seems to end
Farmer's Road, it's harvest time again
Always one more field to plow or fence you have to mend
Workin' for that field of shining gold,
Down Farmer's Road.

Every year's a little harder now, The mortgage and the drought
My bones ache with the weather, But I still want to get out
Into the field, to check the yield, the boys done quite a job
There must be something I can do, to help him with the crop

Just an old man sittin' in the kitchen, Silence everywhere
It's hard to find the strength now, Just to get up from this chair
God damn this heart, that failed to start, one morning out of bed
They say to take it easy now, I might as well be dead

Down Farmer's Road, it never seems to end
Farmer's Road, it's harvest time again
Always one more field to plow or fence you have to mend
Workin' for that field of shining gold,
Take in one last crop before I go...
Then lay me down beside my field of gold...
Down Farmer's Road.

Discography

It's a Long Way to Roam (2007) -original folk songs about traveling through life, love and the landscapes that surround us. CD's and MP3's available at http://www.cdbaby.com/martysiltanen.

Homefest Compilation CD (2007) -"Sagebrush and Pine" included in this compilation of artists who performed at the Edmonton Homefest benefit concert in 2007.

Homefest Compilation CD (2005) -"It's a Long Way to Roam" included in this compilation of artists who performed at the Edmonton Homefest benefit concert in 2005.

RMB (rootsmusicband) - Live @ Expressionz (2002) -a live off-the-floor recording with Ron D. Taylor. Marty's song "Road Kill" first appeared on this CD.

Set List

Can do 1, 2 or 3 sets depending on time allowed.

Sets normally include:

Mostly originals…
It's a Long Way to Roam -getting lost on the road
Isle of Lewis -a song about a place far away
Sagebrush and Pine -a cowboy song
The Old Songs -sing along with the oldies
Off to the Northern Coast -draft dodgers head for BC
Farmer's Road -getting old on the farm
High in a Pine Tree -climbing high up in a tree
Where? -a boogie-gospel-eco-rant!
Destiny -what is destiny?
Road Kill -should I go left or go right?
Your Eyes -a love song
Okanagan Mountain Fire -about the fire in BC
I’m Going Home -longing for home
Heaven Knows -a song about passing generations
Take The Road Less Travelled -Tom Thomson's travels
Under Northern Lights -painting in the dark
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