Cilla & Hank Secord | Rough Cuts and Square Songs

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Rough Cuts and Square Songs

by Cilla & Hank Secord

Cilla (1973) plays and sings Bob MacKenzie's words set to her own musical compositions, songs in classic folk style with a contemporary edge. Hank Secord (1966) plays and sings a set of country songs by Bob MacKenzie that recall the classic cowboy style.
Genre: Folk: Traditional Folk
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1. Some Times of Night Cilla
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2. The Dandelion Song Cilla
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3. Time and the Prophet Cilla
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4. Long Time Passing Cilla
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5. Glad for This Love I've Found Hank Secord
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6. The Fast Moving Blues Hank Secord
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7. Wanted Hank Secord
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An accomplished singer and songwriter known for her performances in Great Britain, France, and Canada, Cilla wrote the music for some of the earliest and most beautiful of Bob MacKenzie's songs while Canadian country singer Hank Secord's recordings helped preserve some even earlier songs.

In 1972 and 1973, songwriter and performing folk artist Cilla set to music several poems by Bob MacKenzie. During the same period, Bob MacKenzie wrote lyrics for several of Cilla's compositions. During 1973, four of these songs were recorded by Bob and Cilla in the studios of Sarnia, Ontario, radio station CHOK, with Cilla playing guitar and singing. A fifth song by this duo was recorded and released in 2001 by North Carolina songwriter and recording artist Alysson Light. Several of their other songs have been recorded by the folk music ensemble Poem de Terre while others remain unrecorded.

In 1966, while working in Camrose, Alberta, at CFCW, Canada's first 24 hour country music radio station, Bob MacKenzie wrote three country songs which he recorded in the station's studios with Canadian country singer Hank Secord playing guitar and singing.

All seven of these songs eventually made it into the repertoire of the eclectic Canadian folk music ensemble Poem De Terre, performed over the past twelve years both in live concerts and on the group's CD releases.

This new release gives listeners a chance to hear the earliest, simplest recordings of these folk and country songs.


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Lenny Solomon

Simple, old-time country/folk music; you’ll enjoy this album
This recording performed by Cilla Leigh and Hank Secord and featuring songs by Bob MacKenzie should be played on a quiet night in a room painted by candlelight. The opening track, Some Times of Night, sung by Cilla Leigh, features soaring vocals and a simple arrangement that is reminiscent of a medieval bard roaming the countryside, singing songs of travel and travails.

The tracks sung by Secord sound as if they were recorded on an Appalachian mountain top. Glad For This Love I’ve Found and Fast Moving Blues invoke memories of Hank Williams.

All of the songs on this album are written by Bob MacKenzie. A gifted writer and poet, he has obviously immersed himself in the works of the seminal folk and mountain songwriters of the 1920s and 30s and writes with a love of this musical genre. If you enjoy simple, old-time country/folk music, you’ll enjoy this album.

Tracie Morgan - S.D.G. Productions


Can you imagine Judy Collins and Johnny Cash on the same album?

If so, “Rough Cuts & Square Songs” by Cilla & Hank Secord is a disc you’ll appreciate. The first four tracks feature the delicate soprano and classical- tinged folk acoustic guitar of Cilla Leigh, a fine musician whose talents have remained, sadly, for the most part undiscovered. These are followed by a trilogy of Rockabilly-laced tracks recorded by Hank Secord in the tradition of Hank Williams Jr. and Johnny Cash. All seven songs are tied together by the poetry and lyrics of Bob MacKenzie, a Canadian poet with as much to offer the literary world as Leonard Cohen and Irving Layton. Two seemingly different musical styles come together flawlessly on this honest and down-to-earth recording.