BLUE ISLAND RECORDS
Our independent record label is one of the most unique in North America. Rather than being aligned with a particular genre, style or region, we have recorded and released artists from across Canada who are unique in their approach to acoustic music, crossing boundaries and blending styles in search of a creative voice that is their own.
Here is a list of albums released and promoted, to date. We are always interested in meeting and working with musical creators who are producing music that reflects a deeply personal message and unique voice.
1978 Flying Mountain - Earth and Sky (LP) First release by a dynamic and diverse
quartet of musicians playing a range of instruments and creating original songs
drawing from musical styles from around the world.
1979 Flying Mountain - Mountain's Dream (LP) The second album by this diverse
group continued to explore an even wider range of traditions and styles.
1980 Solitudes: The Westcoast Music of Dan Rubin (LP) Debut solo album ranging
from quiet, introspective ballads to wild, humorous reflections on contemporary
life, recorded with a rich diversity of instrumentation.
1986 Rubin Dan & The Giant Clams - Magic Garden (cassette) This collection was
a combination of music written for the Magic Garden multi-media show that was
premiered at Spirit Quest festival and several original songs.
1992 New Earth: World Music from Canada's West Coast (CD) Recorded live over
two days, this debut album for one of Victoria's most innovative world music
groups drew critical praise and earned them a 5-week performance series at the
Canada Pavilion at Expo 92 in Seville, Spain.
1997 Chez Zelmai - music for theatre This sound track was for the live performance
of an original play at the Monument-LeFebvre in Memramcook, New Brunswick.
2004 Ed Kavanagh - Weaving the Wind (CD) A recording of original and traditional
music for Celtic harp by a Newfoundland author and performer that has become a
much-loved, best selling album in its home province.
2005 Atlantic Union - The Whole Dance (CD) A collection of traditional and original
songs by a trio combining musical traditions from both sides of the pond.
2007 The Zest of Flying Mountain (CD) A remastered compilation CD including all songs
from both earlier LPs by the West Coast Canadian world folk music quartet, which led
to reunion performances in Vancouver and at the Vancouver Folk Festival.
2008 Solitudes: The Westcoast Music of Dan Rubin (CD) Remastered and released on CD
in response to a series of requests for continued access to the music on the original LP.
2009 Ariel Rubin - Shedding the Skin of the Lion (CD) a stunning debut album of
ukulele-based original songs by an evocative artist who has gone on to record a much
harder driving, electric version followed by national touring in the US.
2010 John Cossar - Heart on Fire (EP) The seven tune "sampler" that established this
musician as one of Newfoundland's major songwriters, with work that has been
compared to the songs of Tom Waits, Bob Dylan and Steve Earle.
2011 John Cossar - Another Bridge to Burn (CD) This full length recording of John
Cossar's heart wrenching original songs was fully funded by MusicNL. It was
received with critical acclaim, generated strong sales and helped launch a Maritimes tour.
2013 Tanglecove - 30 New Canadian Fiddle Tunes (CD/book) A massive recording
project that resulted in a 30-tune recording and book of tunes and memories of
local artists, this was accomplished without major funding. It is recognized as a
groundbreaking project of regional importance. The book is in use in NL schools.
2014 Tanglecove - Facing the Flame (CD) The second Tanglecove release is a collection
of thirteen original songs by two multi-instrumentalist creators, connected in theme but.
varied in style. It led to a cross-Canada tour and dozens of local performances.
2016 Atlantic Union - Homeward (CD) A shimmeringly beautiful collection of songs
by the Newfoundland-based acoustic trio using Celtic Harp, strings, accordion
and percussion led by the vocals of traditional singer Sally Goddard.
2017 Tanglecove - Home Roots/Tanglecove on Tour (CD) Forthcoming release of
live recordings from their 2014 cross-Canada tour, consisting of duo performances of
original songs and instrumentals from Tanglecove's first two recordings.
2017 Dan Rubin - New World (CD) This will be the first solo release by a major Canadian artist
in ten years, a collection of provocative ballads including wry commentaries on the changes
we face in the twenty-first century.