Reviews & Resume

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Doug McArthur

PO Box 116

Wakefield QC

J0X 3G0

doug@dougmcarthur.ca

 

 

 

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Reviews & Resume

"It can take a life time to sing with one’s own pure sound in a voice that echoes with the gift and the journey of the artist. With his new CD, Thunder into Heaven, Doug McArthur has come into his own, singing with a subtle, lyric authority that haunts the listener long after. Each cut rings true..."
(Catherine Joyce - Lowdown)

"Born in the dawn of 2007 this album will guage how I listen to new recordings this year."
(Chopper McKinnon Host "Canadian Spaces" CKCU.

"At his best (Doug is) a lyricist with the poetic ability of Leonard Cohen
Joe Matyas; London Free Press

“First and foremost, he (Doug) remains a composer of inordinately beautiful love ballads and flinty protest songs. Its that duality, that tension, that lifts his current songbook into the quiet realm of art."
Craig MacInnes; Toronto Star

"(Doug) is a Canadian Guy Clark."
Dick Pleasants; WGBH Boston

(Angels of the Mission Trail w/Jeffra) "Absolutely Haunting! CD of the year!"
Dave Stafford; KKUP San Jose

“Congratulations to the two of you (Doug & Jeffra) for doing so much for the history and heritage of California." Kevin Starr; State Librarian of California

“Definitely a wake up call” Sandy Shore; KPIG Freedom CA

(Angels) “beautifully-written songs that bear up well under repeated listening.” Steven E. McDonald; AMG

“McArthur sings memorable song after song.” (Doug McArthur with Garnet Rogers)
Gene Wilburn; Northern Journey

(Angels of the Mission Trail)..."a quietly elegant song cycle steeped in the frontier and literary history of California..."
Mike Regenstreif; SING OUT!

"(Angels)...a delicious, lyrical, theatrical, historical Roots CD with sound quality to die for"
Neil Matheson; MUSIC Sebringville, Ontario

Songwriter

Valdy, Canada’s premiere folk performer recorded “Don’ t You Believe” and “Hero” (from Letters From the Coast”) on A&M records.


A third song from Letters: “The Devil’s Pony” was recorded by Bill Hughes, lead singer of the major folk group Lazarus.


Garnet Rogers recorded “Black-Eyed Susan” and “Break the Law” on his debut album and added a cover of “Ain’t Goin’ Home” (from Sisteron) in a later recording. “Black Eyed Susan” has been recorded by several US singers.


Stan Rogers often performed “Lord Douglas”from “Letters”.


Randy Bachman performed Doug’s early song: “Tears Like Rain” during the early days of Bachman Turner Overdrive.


Colleen Peterson recorded Doug’s “Gentle People” (from Sisteron) on a CBC Christmas record.


Mark Haines & Tom Leighton recorded Doug’s song “Boots & Saddles”. This has become their most requested song in performance.


Nancy White also regularly performs “Boots & Saddles”.


Doug’s song “Merlin” has been recorded by several “Filk” (science fiction/fantasy folk singers) in the US (most noticably Kathy Mar)


Bobby Watt recorded “The Black Douglas” on his debut CD.

Performance

Festivals: Mariposa, Festival of Friends, Eaglewood, Home County, Calgary, Northern Lights, SummerFolk, Faro Yukon, Winnipeg, others.
Clubs: Hugh’s Room, Riverboat, Smale’s Pace, L’Hibou, Yellow Door, many clubs and universities in Canada, New England and California.

Support Tours & Shows

Stan Rogers, Garnet Rogers, James Cotton, Valdy, Tom Paxton, Deep Purple, John Gorka, David Lindley


Resume:

Currently owner and engineer at Wakefield Sound and Light, recording videos and CDs.

Recording and Special Effects engineer for Pathword's six language Audio Guide project for the Bytown Museum.

Co-sequencer (with Ian Tamblyn) for upcoming True North CD "Dancing By Myself" (the songs of Bill Hawkins recorded by Bruce Cockburn, Murray McLaughlin, Lynn Miles, etc.)

Artistic Director - Eaglewood Folk Festival

CEO & Artistic Director - Hamilton Festival of Friends

President of Board – Ontario Council of Folk Festivals

Assistant Production Manager - Roy Thomson Hall

Co-Founder Gathering at Island Lake - Fernie B.C.

Web Designer & Graphics Director - JW Long & Associates - Houston Texas

Assistant Production Manager duMaurier Jazz Festival

Stage Hand - San Francisco Bay area

Board Member At Large - Ontario Council of Folk Festivals

Audience Development Co-ordinator/Tour Manager - Orchestra London

Entertainment Manager - Change of Pace - London Ont.

Talent Booker - Knight 11 - Hamilton

(One of three) Festival Directors - Winnipeg Folk Festival

Contact

Doug McArthur
(819) 827-8676
Email: doug@dougmcarthur.ca
P.O. Box 116 Wakefield, Quebec J0X 3G0

Recording History

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