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Parham

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All proceeds from the Parham single, by The Gertrudes, will be donated to the Canadian Mental Health Association (cmha.ca).

Parham, a quaint hamlet located an hour north of Kingston, Ontario where The Gertrudes reside, inspired the song of the same name and commemorates the devastation endured by the community on June 7th, 2020. A quiet day like any other when authorities responded to gunshots and fire resulting in the loss of two buildings, including the historic St. James Anglican Church, reducing it to rubble.

Watch the Parham animated music video, featuring an excerpt from the song here: youtube.com/watch?v=5nteYon55Yw. The video was created by filmmaker Josh Lyon and illustrator Nancy Douglas who imagined the evocative images after a request by The Gertrudes had explained the concept for the song and its importance to support the residents of Parham, the first responders, social workers, and the many other people who suffered from this tragic event.

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Parham

When you’re scared
And your legs are running faster than you thought your legs could run
When you’re scared
And your mind is running faster than you thought your mind could run
Parham
I’m sorry that i never had the chance to stop by for a while
Parham
An angry train is running rampant and it has had no brakes for miles
Parham

Parham! Better get out
Parham! You got to shout out
Parham! Just turn the lights out and get down

Parham! I heard him shout out
Parham! “Get the hell out”
Parham! He’s going to burn this town to the ground

When you’re scared
How many rounds of ammunition do you think you’ll need to fire?
When you’re scared
Sunday service starts at 9 you needn’t wear formal attire
Parham
It’s hard to heat a house when lovers leave, and can’t you bide the time?
Parham
With all the medication in the world we thought you’d do just fine
Parham

Parham! Better get out
Parham! You got to shout out
Parham! Just turn the lights out and get down

Parham! I heard him shout out
Parham! “Get the hell out”
Parham! He’s going to burn this town to the ground
When those flames grow higher and higher
Watch that man at the funeral pyre.
When those flames grow higher and higher
Watch that man at the funeral pyre.
When those flames grow higher and higher
Watch that man at the funeral pyre.

When you’re scared
And your legs are running faster than you thought your legs could run
When you’re scared
And your mind is running faster than you thought your mind could run
Parham
I’m sorry that we never thought to stay and watch the church burn down
Parham
The train has left the station never to be welcomed back to town

Parham
Parham
Parham

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released May 28, 2021
Engineered/Mixed Jason Mercer (Neptune’s Machine, Wolfe Island, ON CANADA)
Additional Engineering and Mastered by Matt Rogalsky (Memory Device, Kingston, ON CANADA)
Additional Recordings by Andy Rush (Open Voices Community Choir, Kingston, ON CANADA)
Additional Recordings by Dylan Lodge (Lodge Music, Kingston, ON CANADA)

Also recorded at the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts as part of the Imagine Creative Project (queensu.ca/theisabel/content/imagine-project-creation-isabel)

Produced by The Gertrudes and Jason Mercer.
Author/Composer: Greg Tilson

Artwork: Nancy Douglas (instagram.com/gottagetnancy/?hl=en)

Based on 19th Century Irish reel, Rakish Paddy by James Morrison

Musicians: Greg Tilson: acoustic guitar, vocals; Annie Clifford: violin, vocals; Matt Rogalsky: electric guitar, found recordings, percussion, Jason Erb: piano Pete Bowers: drums; Jason Mercer: bass, mellotron and found recordings;

Guest Musicians: Teilhard Frost: percussion, Georgette Fry: vocal arrangements and performance, Paul Saulnier: electric guitar, Anna Sudac: vocals, Christina Foster: vocals, Anna Robertson Ritter: vocals, Kingston Symphony members: Danielle Lennon: violin, Jeff Hamacher: cello, Julia McFarlane: viola, Lisa Draper: violin, vocal ensemble facilitated by Open Voices Community Choir Director, Andy Rush, community choir singers: Tammy Caldwell, Skot Caldwell, Frank Poce, Gord Chiddicks, Gord McDiarmid, Stew Wilson, Detlef Stein, Rosemary Euringer, Leslie Saunders, Kim Duca, Bruce Downey, Andrew Putnam, John Thomas, Tim Aylesworth, Sherry Aylesoworth, Moira Demorest, Kate Orgill, Kathy Lee, Jim Biagi, Alan Bronskill, and Val Hamilton.

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The Gertrudes sound like an ol’ time saloon party in deep space … experimental noise beds with down home folk passengers, frolicking through original material, played by a veritable orchestra of instruments.

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