this cruise, I have concentrated on music from British
Columbia, Washington State, the Yukon and Alaska.
My choices are based on my personal preferences and
reflect a pro-union bias as for much of my early career,
I was a singer at labour rallies. All of the
arrangements are mine. I have also included two original
compositions, one with a poem by E. Pauline Johnson
few of the songs were previously arranged for mixed
voice choir or male voice choir The copyright dates will
indicate the date of original arrangement. If it is 2021
or 2022, then the song was arranged for this tour.
Generally, for these tours, I have found that 3-part
arrangements are the most satisfying choice. However,
one does at times lose the density that 4 parts can
you are unfamiliar with reading music and part singing,
then I invite you to sing the melody for all songs. If
you are a choral singer and want the challenge of part
singing, that should make for a fun time rehearsing as
we sail through the Inside Passage and across Hecate
regret that the Altos are shortchanged. Sopranos should
note that in several of the arrangements, the men have
am hoping to have a “band” accompany the choir.
The members will be made up of registrants who wish to
bring a guitar, bass, mandolin, banjo, ukulele, or other
instruments. All the songs have been written in guitar
friendly keys. Chord charts are written for all of the
arrangements. If you are interested and prepared to
bring your instrument on the ship, then I invite you to
be in the band. Please let me know quickly.
of the song verses are sung in unison. The choruses are
always in harmony. There is some opportunity for solos.
If you wish to try a solo, please let me know soon.
email@example.com or 250-298-6756. I have indicated
where the solo options are.
is the list of songs and the order of performance.
on a song title to hear rehearsal music. A depending on
your device a press and hold, or double click, or right
click should give you the option of downloading the
music file to your PC. The rehearsal music is set up so
each voice is represented by a different instrument
(Soprano - flute, Alto - Clarinet, Bass - Bassoon). Also
the Sopranos and Basses should sound like they come from
the left or right speakers (depending on how you set up
(+) Acres of Clams
Puget Sound, Washington State
Beautiful British Columbia BC
(*) I Can Be Your Guide BC Geography
(++) Bevan Vancouver Island
Summer Wages Coastal BC
Trail to Lillooet Interior of BC
(**) A Western Song Fraser Canyon
(+++) St. Mary's Spring Haida Gwaii
Where the Fraser River Flows Northern BC
(***) North to Alaska
(+) This is a patter song. As such
there is much repetition of the text. I have omitted
several verses and only provided music for the first
verse and chorus. If you look at the lyrics, you
will see the structure of the piece. I welcome
soloists to sing the first to lines of the new
(*) These are my lyrics. I have included only the words of the 4 verses. For those interested in singing one of the solo verses, please listen to Hank Snow’s “I’ve Been Everywhere”. Because of the lyrics, it is more likely that British Columbians will be familiar with the pronunciation of some of the place names.
(++) I have been singing this song for years. I’m happy to sing the verses but I think there might be some others who know it.
(**) As this is my original
composition, I will do the two verses.
(+++) I have asked John Coulthard to do the solo work on this piece.
(***) Those of my vintage will remember the title tune from the movie of the same name starring John Wayne, Stewart Grainger and Capucine. It is a long song and works better as a solo with the choir doing the chorus. I invite some of you to share the solo work if you see fit.
3rd check in 12-2pm details tba
September 3rd Cocktail party 5pm-6pm Captains Corner Crow’s Nest
September 4th 1. Choir Rehearsal 3-5pm Hudson Room
September 5th 2. Choir Rehearsal 9:30-11am Hudson Room
September 7th 3. Choir Rehearsal 4:30-6pm Hudson Room
September 9th 4. Choir Rehearsal 9:30-11am Hudson Room
September 9th Sing a Long Performance 3-4pm Crow’s Nest
September 9th Farewell Party 4:30pm-5:30pm Captain’s Corner Crow’s Nest