After an absence of over ten years, Murray McLauchlan returns to True North for the release of his new record Gulliver's Taxi.
Gulliver's Taxi is McLauchlan's eighteenth album (his sixteenth for True North) and marks a number of new twists and turns for the legendary Canadian singer-songwriter. Produced by Barney Bentall and Colin Nairne (Mae Moore, Spirit Of The West and Barney Bentall & The Legendary Hearts), this is his first album to be recorded in Vancouver. While in the studio, Murray was joined by many of the west coast's finest musicians including members of The Odds, Geoffrey Kelly of Spirit Of The West and Billy Cowsill. Tom Wilson of Junkhouse and Blackie & The Rodeo Kings fame joins Murray as well.
McLauchlan's strong songwriting shines on Gulliver's Taxi and the record includes several songs written by Murray that have recently been covered by other artists; Burned Out Car appeared on the last Junkhouse record and No Change In Me is from John McDermott's current release. In fact, each of the originals is a co-write bringing a new twist to the McLauchlan sound -- contributors include Ron Hynes, John McDermott, Tom Wilson and Billy Cowsill, to name a few.
A testament to Murray's songwriting excellence was the recent presentation of a SOCAN Classics Award for his composition Whispering Rain, recognising the fact that the song received over 100,000 plays on radio, making it one of the most played songs in Canadian history. Now with the release of Gulliver's Taxi Murray McLauchlan is back with all of his trademark originality.
McLauchlan At A Glance
Murray McLauchlan began writing songs and performing them in his late teens and after engagements at music festivals and clubs such as Toronto's Riverboat, began to attract wider attention. Before he ever recorded an album of his own his Child's Song was already well known after being recorded by American folk star Tom Rush.
Now, twenty years later, Murray has eighteen albums of songs to his credit on both True North and Capitol Records and has won eleven JUNO awards as well as RPM Big Country and Toronto Music awards. In 1993, McLauchlan received The Order Of Canada.
A dimension of Murray's continuing support for the art of songwriting was his career sideline as host of the national CBC radio programme Swinging on a Star for five years. With over a quarter of a million listeners every Saturday this show focused attention on the artistry of distinguished and famous writers as well as the new and upcoming.
Murray is an active pilot for both business and sport, holding a commercial licence with instrument rating and endorsements for multi-engine aircraft and seaplanes. His television special Floating over Canada, in which he piloted a Cessna 185 float plane around the entire country of Canada, was broadcast again on U.S. public television. Canadians are very familiar with this show, having seen it on Canada day for several years running on CBC. The show has also been seen several times on PBS in the United States.