As a wildlife conservation officer, Harry Martin (1949- ) has spent much
of his life in the Labrador bush. His first-hand knowledge of the wilderness
and rural Labrador culture has helped him become one of the region's most
respected singers and songwriters.
Martin was born in Cartwright and learned to play guitar from American
servicemen stationed in Labrador. His first recording, a song called
Raven Hair, was released in 1980 and was immediately popular with
audiences and radio stations in the region. Martin soon solidified his
reputation with songs like Race To The Grave and Another Day
Of Waiting, haunting folk songs that document the traditional hunting
and trapping life of Labrador.
|Album cover - Broken Wings.
Broken Wings, Harry Martin's second album, was released in 2000.
Photo by Val Oliver, ©2000. Reproduced by permission of Eagle Studios.
The release of his first full-length album, Visions Of This Land,
brought Martin's music to a wider audience. He has since performed regularly
at folk festivals across Newfoundland and Labrador and has been honoured at
the Provincial Music Industry Awards. In 2000 he released his second album,
© 2001, Jamie Fitzpatrick