The Summerfolk Song (single)

by Tim Harrison



I was asked to write a song for the 20th Anniversary of The Summerolk Music and Crafts Festival which I founded with my brother in 1976. I was the Artistic Director for the first four years and the then asked back to do the tenth annual. Don Bird was the AD in 1995 during the 20th year, and also acted as producer of this song in the studio.


The Summerfolk Song
©Tim Harrison and Second Avenue Songs 1994

I came rollin’ up Highway 10
I was lookin’ for a weekend away
When Highway 10 hit number 6
I ran into Georgian Bay
And I drove on through to the other side
Of a little harbor town
I saw all the people and the tents on the beach
I heard a joyful sound

And the fiddle tunes, they filled the air
And the people all danced in the rain or the shine
Just lose their cares
And the singers sang all their favourite songs
And the people on the sand and the rock on the shore
They all sang along

And the very next day I went on back
There was music everywhere
Lots of different folks to see and hear
Laughing children on the dead tear
There were songs, and stories, and jigs, and reels
You could hear while looking over the bay
Beautiful things that the people made
What could you do but stay?

Then all too soon it was Sunday night
Time to head back home
Thoughts about the friends I’d made
With travel with me when I roam
And no matter what as I drove on
I could still hear music in my ears
So I guess I’ll see you all up there
At Summerfolk next year


released April 1, 1995
So far as I recall it was Nick Naffin on lead guitar, Al Cross on drums, David Woodhead on bass and a whole host of others singing and playing. It was recorded at Ken Whiteley's studio.


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Tim Harrison Nanaimo, British Columbia

Tim Harrison has worked as an artist, songwriter, and as a creator of arts events.. Along with founding the Owen Sound Summerfolk Festival,Tim has been Artistic Director of the Mariposa, Northwind, and Eaglewood Folk Festivals, and the Big Fish Music Fest.
Tim has released eight highly acclaimed recordings of original material and has toured extensively throughout the U.S. and Canada.
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