The Album Cover
The photo used for the album cover shows legendary lawman John Kirkup taking his sons and a group of kids on a sleigh ride. Judging by the age of his sons it was taken about 1901, in front of the Kirkup home on the corner of Leroi Ave and Davis St. in Rossland
1 - Waynes Rag (Intro)
©2001 Wayne Krewski (SOCAN)
This is the theme song at the beginning, from the Contemplation project. Guitars and harmonica by Wayne Krewski.
2 - Go Tell It On The Mountain
Arranged and adapted by Roelof Helberg
Wayne plays guitar and sings harmony vocal live along with the pre-recorded backing track. I recorded this with Roelof Helberg on my deck in the summer of 2020. I set up at either end 25 feet apart and ran cables to Roelof’s end so all he had to do when he arrived was plug in. Black clouds were moving in so I had a deck umbrella over each of us. During the session a thunderstorm rolled through, and by the time the session was done, Roelof was soaked from the rain running onto his back from the umbrella, but the gear stayed dry. You can hear the thunder in the song but the timing was perfect, and the rain started coming down heavy right at the end of the song. If you believe in divine intervention, you might consider that entire religions have been founded on less !
3 - The Perfect Christmas Tree
Stories of Christmas in Rossland by Edward Davies. The photo shows Harry Lefevre Sr shovelling snow off the chicken coop … the roof was about 15 feet off the ground. The second photo shows Phil Johnson with his sleigh.
4 - Jingle Bells
James Lord Pierpont 1857
Arranged and adapted by Wayne Krewski
This song was originally written for a Thanksgiving event in Savannah, Georgia, but proved so popular that it was sung right through Christmas and has been ever since
5 - Twas The Night Before Christmas
Irene reads the perennial favourite
6 - Covid Christmas
Irene reads a contemporary version which is perhaps more suited to this year