In and Out of Harmony

by Tannis Slimmon

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Are you ready Yes, I’m ready, yes, I’m ready Are you ready Yes, I’m ready, yes, I’m ready My lover, my sweet one All change is never easy And when my time shall come When I’m ready will you take me as I am? Are you ready Yes, I’m ready, yes, I’m ready Are you ready Yes, I’m ready, yes, I’m ready Are you ready Yes, I’m ready And when I’m ready, will you take me as I am My family is a circle Now it’s time to break the chain It always happens in the end When it does, will you take me as I am Chorus I had a dream of Jacob’s ladder Angels up and devils down I wondered while I waited my turn When I’m ready, will you take me as I am Chorus My true and lifelong friend I am steady and I’m not afraid I have done what I have done Now I’m ready, will you take me as I am Chorus
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Hey Hosanna 04:22
I’ve been down but I’m getting stronger I’m not ready for the judgement day Life is hard but not much longer I’m going to stand up tall and take my place When work is over and the day is done I lie in bed but sleep won’t come I count the sheep, I close my eyes I wake up burning with the devil’s fire Hmm... Beside the bed, a shadow waits Blocking the path to the pearly gates Tried to drag me down to the mouth of hell But I chased him off with a glory yell Hey hosanna, hey hallelujah Oh, hey hosanna, hey hallelujah Will my feet still walk when I get old Will my backbone ache when the house gets cold With my mouth talk, my eyes still cry What am I gonna do when the years go by Hmm... No food on the table, heavy in debt Long as I’m breathing, I’m not dead yet Don’t believe in original sin But if Gabriel knocks, I’m gonna let him in. Hey hosanna, hey hallelujah Oh, hey hosanna, hey hallelujah I’ve been down but I’m getting stronger I’m not ready for the judgement day Life is hard but not much longer I’m going to stand up tall and take my place Hey hosanna, hey hallelujah Hey hosanna, hey hallelujah Hey, hey, hey hosanna, hey, hey, hey hallelujah Hey, hey, hey hosanna, hey, hey, hey hallelujah
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Sekou 04:07
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Perfect 03:44
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Animals 04:02
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One More Day 03:44
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Good News 03:50
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Waterfall 04:24
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Noah's Work 06:36

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In and Out of Harmony is the follow-up to Tannis' award-winning 2007 release Lucky Blue and, like its predecessor, the album bears traces of her travels and studies in Mali and Cuba. JUNO-winning kora player Mansa Sissoko and ngoni master Abdoulaye Kone contribute spirited performances, and the record is textured with the percussive, West African sounds of the darabuka, karagnan and Agogo bell.

Tannis' long-time partner and collaborator, multi-instrumentalist and producer Lewis Melville (Rheostatics, Woodchoppers), tastefully incorporates global flavours to build a unique, richly textured folk sound. Album opener "Are You Ready" is a stand-out with its haunting vocal harmonies. Another highlight is "Sekou", a somber celebration of Malian virtuoso drummer Sekou Kone, who died of malaria in his late teens shortly after Tannis met him in 2004. Lewis had recorded Sekou playing his talking drum and fashioned a solo out of some unused drum tracks for this tribute.

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released March 12, 2013

Produced and recorded by Lewis Melville
Mixed by Lewis Melville & Scott Merritt
Mastered by Joao Carvalho

Tannis Slimmon: Lead and harmony vocals, acoustic & electric guitar, Nashville (high strung) guitar, mandocello, autoharp, ukulele, animal sounds

Lewis Melville: harmony vocals, acoustic and electric guitar, nashville guitar, banjo, dobro, mandolin, mandocello, pedal steel, accordion, organ, bass, drums, percussion (djembe, darabuka, tambourine, tung drum, wooden cowbell, karagnan, tam tam, wood block, Agogo bell), animal sounds, rain

Special guests:
Abdoulaye Kone - ngoni
Anne Lindsay - violin
Daniel Fischlin - electric guitar
Dave Clark - drums
David Francey - harmony vocals
Fireweed (Jamie Campbell, Rob Unger and Gary Rasberry) - harmony vocals, animal sounds
Harry Manx - slide guitar
Ina Slimmon - harmony vocals
Jude Vadala - harmony vocals
Katherine Wheatley - harmony vocals
Mansa Sissoko - kora
Martin Tielli - harmony vocals, electric guitar
Michael Herring - bass
Michael Johnston - harmony vocals, organ, piano
Ray Bonneville - harmonica
Rebecca Campbell - harmony vocals
Rebecca Hennessey - harmony vocals, trumpet, baritone horn
Rosemary Phelan - harmony vocals
Sekou Kone - talking drum
Tom Melville - piano
Treasa Levasseur - accordion
Wendy Slimmon - harmony vocals

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Tannis Slimmon Guelph, Ontario

Guelph’s Tannis Slimmon is a critically acclaimed singer-songwriter who has been recording and touring nationally and internationally for over three decades. Her warm, beautiful voice can be heard on more than 100 albums, including classic records from the Rheostatics and Barenaked Ladies. Honoured with the 2008 Contemporary Vocalist of the Year at the Canadian Folk Music Awards for her 2nd album ... more

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