Congratulations Ian Tamblyn!

Ian Tamblyn – Students on Ice expedition field staff member – has won the English Songwriter of the Year award at the 2010 Canadian Folk Music Awards!

Ian began writing songs, short stories and plays at the age of seventeen. Since that time he has recorded thirty-two albums, cassettes, and CDs – all but two on his own label North Track. Many of his songs have been recorded by other artists and he has received and been nominated for several awards, most recently the Distinguished Alumni Award from Trent University. Since 2006, Ian has conducted numerous songwriting workshops at the Haliburton School for the Arts.

Ian released his thirtieth recording, Gyre in the fall of 2009, and has since released two CDs, The Willisville Mountain project, which is in the news these days because Vale Inco threatens to mine the mountain made famous by painters Carmichael, Jackson and Casson. Another CD Arctic Songbook was released in conjunction with his work with Students on Ice.  Currently Ian is working on a new CD of Arctic songs, Part 3 of the Four Coast project that began with Superior: Spirit and Light, and Raincoast . A look at the Labrador coastline will be next.  In the past year he also produced a double CD celebrating the songwriting of William Hawkins, and more recently completed work on Chris Maclean’s new CD Feet Be Still. In September, Ian guided in the North West Passage and from Greenland to Newfoundland. After touring Ontario in October Ian recently returned home from guiding from South Georgia to the Antarctic Peninsula from November to earlier this month.

Students on Ice looks forward to sailing again with Ian in the near future!

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