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Ric Lafontaine / Elly Parker magic garbage can acoustic

 A new 'live' acoustic recording of the original release from bLUE eCHO studio.

The ‘magic garbage can’ CD is a milestone for Elly Parker and Ric Lafontaine. Both singer/songwriters were inspired by their combined family of 7 children, and 6 grand children. In the tradition of ‘the Fables of La Fontaine,’ the album is filled with colorful characters faced with some of life’s challenges. Like Ric and Elly, the songs celebrate life in a magical way.

Ric is a driving force in the music scene on Vancouver Island. He co-founded Island Showcase and Nanaimo Songwriters Circle. Many websites, including Cd Isle, were developed by Ric. With 5 cds to his credit, this west coast singer/song-scaper is reminiscent of Cat Stevens. His music paints pictures of faeries dancing on water and eagles soaring on one wing.

Elly Parker has a natural talent for reaching into your soul and singing your song. Her love of family and zest for life is more than apparent in her songwriting. Elly’s self-titled cd 'Elly' offers the listener an amazing palette of musical stylings from blues, jazz, and gospel to hints of folk, country, and celtic. Served up on one hot compact disc that only this woman can spin. Her radiant smile, playful nature, and sense of humor, has brought her audiences from Sheffield, England to New Orleans, Louisiana. Her powerful voice has been heard in night clubs, festivals and theatre productions. Elly is currently working on her second album entitled “Lavender Blue.”

 

REVIEWS
We love that new CD. Its fantastic - start to finish. Ally is particulary partial to 'Dr. Muffin', the elephant song and 'Peggy's on the Go'. I love the 'grumpies' and most of all the rain song. The messages are clear and fun without preaching. Ally is going to be psyched for next live performance - let us know about any dates. Take care. Peter Harris

Your collaborative children's CD is truly MAGIC!

"I wish it was widely available, so children could enjoy their childhoods again in innocence and wonder. The families who can hear and buy a copy are indeed lucky. I can't say enough good things about it, except I want two more copies for the children of a niece and a nephew."

Reviewer: Bev Gordon

Rick Scott Making Faces

12 original songs to delight the ear and tickle the funny bone.

Making Faces has been winning awards !
2000 Parent's Choice Approved
Chicago Parent's Year 2000 Top Ten CDs

Shared Vision Magazine said "This is one of the best children's CD's I have ever heard. I'd buy it even if I didn't have children."

"Rick is creating some of the most exciting and fresh children's music today. He combines heartwarming musical comedy with great music grooves. He educates with such an entertaining flair that kids won't mind that they're learning something."  says best childrens music.com

16 page full colour insert with lyrics, includes :

  • I Speak Duck (in French and English)
  • a new version of Rick's oft requested rap tribute to Mozart, The Yo Mo Concerto
  • Song For My Dearest Friend
  • Making Faces
  • Song For Australia
  • Do Overs
  • KittyCow
  • Brewery Creek
  • Don't Know Blues
  • Purple Elephant
  • Get Well Card
  • Way Out There

Valdy Valdy's Kid's Record

This wonderful collection of songs has legs; it sells briskly year after year, delighting kids 2 to 8, and sequenced so as to be non-irritating to (most) parents.

Bayview Community School Choir in Vancouver added their voices to this collection of encouraging and entertaining songs, which includes Daddy's Okay, Workin' On The Railroad, and an original take on Quartermaster's Store.

Viva Choirs
Viva Viva!

released December 5, 1998

Only 1 used cd available in (near new) condition

"Viva VIVA!" is the apt title of the VIVA Choir's first compact disk, released December 5, 1998. Artistic Director Connie Foss More has selected the best examples from the choir's first 10 years, making the CD a "hit parade" of this treble choir's favourite international folk music and art music recordings. Venues range from Victoria's St. Andrew's Cathedral to London's Church of St-Martin-in-the-Fields and include some international competition performances.

·  Laudamus te (Gloria) - Antonio Vivaldi, arr. Martens

·  Herr Gott Vater Cantata 37 - J.S. Bach, arr. Rao

·  Sanctus (Messe basse) - Gabriel Fauré, arr.Mason

·  Agnus Dei (Missa brevis, C minor) - Imant Raminsh*

·  In Flanders Fields - Helen Litz*

·  Sound the Trumpet - Henry Purcell, arr. C. More*

·  The Nightingale - Thomas Weelkes, arr. Leslie

·  Berceuse du petit zébu - Jacques Ibert

·  Song of the Stars - Imant Raminsh*

·  Aglepta - Arne Mellnäs

·  Cat and Dog - Miklós Kocsár

·  Hummingbirds - Megan Jane Scott, text Claudia Hilton*

·  Ah! si mon moine voulait danser (Canada) - Donald Patriquin, arr.*

·  I'm Goin' Up a-Yonder (USA) - Hawkins and Sirvatka

·  Madarak voltunk (Hungary) - Zoltán Kodály

·  Túrót ëszik a cigány (Hungary) - Zoltán Kodály, arr.

·  Zwa Sterndel (Austria) - Madeleine Humer, arr.*

·  Joban Tanko Bushi (Japan) - Wendy Bross Stuart, arr.*

·  Siyahamba (S. Africa) - Henry Leck, arr.

·  Good Night (Russia) - Doreen Rao, arr.

·  Weather Canon - W.A. Mozart, arr. Gardner

·  Dodi Li (Israel) - Nira Chen, arr. Rao

·  She's Like the Swallow (Canada) - C. Cassils and C. More, arr.*

·  Oliver Cromwell - Benjamin Britten

* = Canadian composer or arranger
Viva VIVA! - VICD-001

Will Millar The Keeper