Stories of the BC Coast: A History in Song with Brian Robertson & Michael Burnyeat
Story telling and song provide colourful snapshots of the BC coast during the past two centuries of change. Many of them are humorous, some are gritty, and they take us from the time of contact and the fur trade, through to the building of the CPR and the Great Fire, to the burgeoning forestry and fishing industries and even the rum-running trade. And when Brian is joined by fiddle sensation Michael Burnyeat, the arrivals of various ethnic music traditions at different times of BC’s history are highlighted with some dazzling fiddle tune sets.
Brian RobertsonFolk Musician
Vancouver based folk musician Brian Robertson has been described as “a genuine BC treasure”. He is best known for his authentic and well crafted songs about the region and its history, as well as some with more universal themes of love, travel, social justice and the blues. Born and raised in Powell River on the west coast of Canada, his working life suggests something of renaissance man – fisherman, mill worker, salvage diver, cabbie, engineer, economist and historical consultant. From that, and his extensive travels and interests, spring the range, depth and authenticity of the songs he’s written and covered from other sources. He has created two CDs of his music: Saltchuck Serenade and Times and Places.
Michael Burnyeat is a prodigious young fiddler who has been BC Open fiddle champion twice and twice a finalist in the prestigious Canadian Grandmasters Fiddle Championship. He is also a much sought after accompanist and music instructor, and he and Brian have been making music together for over a decade. He has a CD of fiddle tunes under the title of A Sense of Tradition.