Seventy-eight years ago today, a Canadian legend was born in Saint John, New Brunswick. For decades he criss-crossed our beautiful country, gathering stories, writing songs, sharing our history, singing and reminding Canadians, “We’ve got something special here.”
Charles Thomas Connors, better known to all as Stompin’ Tom, was our most prolific and well-known country and folk singer-songwriter.
And today, February 9th, is his day: National Stompin’ Tom Connors Day
It’s a day to remember him and the songs he gave to our country. A day to sit back and listen to familiar old tunes like “Bud the Spud”, “Margo’s Got the Cargo” and “Sudbury Saturday Night”.
Tom passed away last year on March 6th, and still nothing has appeared on the horizon to immortalise this Canadian icon, so I have declared this day his.
Long live his music, and let the legend play on.
While browsing YouTube, I discovered several wonder videos I’ve never seen before.
The first is a true story about a horse named Farmer who swam the channel from Grosse Île to Île d’entrée (Entry Island) in the Magdalen Islands in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. I have several of Tom’s albums, but I’ve never heard of this song or the story before.
A Little Horse Called Farmer
I also stumbled upon this video story of Dave Gunning who was hired by Stompin’ Tom to play in his band while on tour. Turn it up; it’s funny. You’ll learn what Fallsy Downsy means.
Dave Gunning on Stompin’ Tom
My search also uncovered this gem by Mike Plume “So Long Stompin’ Tom”. It is a remarkable tribute.
So Long Stompin’ Tom by Mike Plume
Many have called Stompin’ Tom the voice of Canada. He certainly loved this country and was not afraid to show it. I found this video that talked about his patriotism.
Rex Murphy – Patriotism and Stompin’ Tom Connors
Tom educated me on many aspects of Canadian history from “Marten Hartwell Story” to “The Bridge Came Tublin’ Down”.
Marten Hartwell Story
The Bridge Came Tublin’ Down
He also made me laugh and sing along as he sang “Gumboot Cloggeroo”, “The Man in the Moon is a Newfie” and “Farewell to Nova Scotia”.
The Man in the Moon is a Newfie
Farewell to Nova Scotia
When I heard the news of Stompin’ Tom Connors passing, the little world I lived in came to a sudden stop. I loved his music and the message he spread across this fair land. It inspired me to write a post about it. I called it Death Can Not Silence the Voice of Canada.
No tribute to Stompin’ Tom would be complete without “The Hockey Song”