-- Sunwheel Dance --
released 1971 & 2005

Found on:

Sunwheel Dance (1971)

Speechless (2005)

Rumours of Glory - box set Disc 1 (2014) [compilation album]


Known comments by Bruce Cockburn about this song, by date:

  • 1986 - "Touring the Carolinas in the 60's with a band of questionable musical virtue, met a young man named Fox Watson, given to rendering traditional fiddle tunes on the guitar in a graceful finger style that seemed to float like the wings of a gull. I'd never thought of trying to play like that, but it looked and sounded attractive, so I fooled around with what I could remember of the technique and came up with the first of several pieces- Sunwheel Dance." - from "All The Diamonds" songbook, edited by Arthur McGregor, OFC Publications 1986. Submitted by Rob Caldwell.

  • 2017 - "It was the first instrumental piece that I recorded. I'd learned a lot about finger-picking from various sources and people I'd encountered. There was an American named Fox Watson, who was transcribing fiddle tunes for guitar. You'd have these beautiful melodies, with a really nice harmonic approach to them. I absorbed a fair amount from that. Sunwheel Dance led to Foxglove, on my next album, which got more attention. It's named after Fox Watson." - from Bruce Cockburn - a life in seven songs by Brad Wheeler - Globe and Mail. (Inteview date: September 11, 2017)

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