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Wade Hemsworth is a legend among Canadian folk singers. Raised in Ontario and later settling near Montreal, Quebec, Hemsworth's songs are sung by more Canadians than any other songwriter's in the book. Although his actual corpus of original material is quite small, songs like "The Blackfly Song" and "The Log Driver's Waltz" are known by heart and sung in schools, at campfires, and every song circle in Canada. These two songs have also been immortalized in National Film Board animation shorts of the same name that feature Hemsworth himself singing The Blackfly Song and the McGarrigle Sisters singing The Log Driver's Waltz.

(excerpted from Northern Journey Online, © 1999 Gene Wilburn)


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