The standard desert island question: who would you want on the island with you to provide musical diversion (no electricity) of sufficient variety, professionalism, and musicality to keep you engaged, entertained, involved for all those long years, as the wind blows through the palm fronds and the surf beats upon the shore? I have always been drawn to the music of Canadian duo Ian and Sylvia because of those traits, and also because of their quite distinctive voices. Ian Tyson had a strong and expressive voice with a slight catch in it that added real poignancy and power to songs such as 24 Hours to Tulsa and Brave Wolfe. Sylvia Fricker had a similarly strong voice with a pronounced and unfailing vibrato, evident in songs like Miriam and This Wheel's on Fire. In addition, their harmony singing was impeccable, and could offer a keening, Appalachian sound as in Awake You Drowsy Sleeper. They penned excellent songs, and also covered the songs of others, like Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, and Gordon Lightfoot. So many great songs--So Much for Dreaming, Tenbrooks, Four Rode By, Antelopes, Leave Here Runnin', Joshua, She'll Be Gone......, many more. Part Folk, part Country & Western, part Pop--they did it all so well. Another of Canada's wonderful musical gifts. Here's their reunion concert from 1986, with some guests and some autobiographical commentary. It's just too bad that there wasn't time enough, it seems, for far more songs. And little of their work is available on YouTube. I no longer have their albums (vinyl) but have the best on the iPod and cassette.