Classic Canadian Songs from Smithsonian Folkways

The driving force behind the Canadian Folkways recordings was Samuel "Sam" Gesser (1930-2008), born to a working-class Polish-Jewish immigrant family in Montréal. While vacationing in Chicago in the late 1940s, Gesser came across a Lead Belly recording on the Folkways label. When he realized that Folkways recordings were not available in Montréal, the young commercial artist headed to New York to see Moe Asch, who immediately made him the Canadian distributor and later encouraged him to record Canadian material for Folkways. Between 1950 and 1964, when he turned his attention full-time to concert promotion, Sam Gesser produced or commissioned approximately one hundred albums for Folkways Records.
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Canada's Story In Song (FW03000, 1960)

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Songs and Ballads of Newfoundland (FW03505, 1956)

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Chansons d'Acadie (FW06923, 1956)

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