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Don’s 2023 full-length album, featuring collaborations with Bruce Cockburn, Michael Manring, Brooke, Miller, Sean Hall, and the Atlantic String Machine.

Water can be a source of calm and healing for many people, and singer-songwriter Don Ross is no exception. In fact, looking out his window at St. Margaret’s Bay, and rowing across it on a skiff with his dog, were the things that kept him most balanced and centered during the pandemic. In celebration, he composed his aptly-titled new album Water along with its optimistic lead single “Seabright.”

An instrumental acoustic guitar piece, “Seabright” wraps the listener in warm sunny tones along with finger-picking that evokes shimmering waters and the cascading of oars. You can almost feel the wind whipping your hair, too, with its joyous whimsy and playful rhythm.

The song’s name derives from the name of the small settlement where Ross and his wife lived for those three pandemic years. “The ironic sense of optimism that came out of the time of sanctuary is reflected in the tune,” Ross says. “The whole piece feels like a celebration – perhaps I was just feeling lucky/fortunate to be alive and healthy despite the surrounding chaos.”

In 2020, Covid forced Ross off the road, and he began studying for his Master’s degree in Orchestration online, with St. Margaret’s Bay shimmering right outside his window. At that point, with  more


released May 10, 2023


Don Ross: guitar / piano / keyboards / dobro / bass / vocals / percussion / recording engineer / mix engineer / orchestrations
Bruce Cockburn: guitar & vocals on “Stained Glass”
Michael Manring: fretless bass on “Three Views of a Secret”
Brooke Miller: guitar on “Obrigado (Egberto)” and vocal on “Any Colour But Blue”
Sean Hall: guitar on “Mesmerized”
The Atlantic String Machine: strings on “Any Colour But Blue” and “Three Views of a Secret”
Shannon Quinn: guest violin on “Any Colour…”

The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra plays on
“The World Didn’t Change (After All)”

The Atlantic String Machine is:

Sean Kemp: violin
Karen Graves: violin
Jeffrey Bazett-Jones: viola
Natalie Williams Calhoun: cello
Adam Hill: bass

Sean Hall’s guitar was recorded by Antoine Dufour

Cover illustration by Alan Syliboy
Cover photograph by Rob Allen
Art direction: Ambrose Pottie

Mastering engineer: J. Lapointe at Archive Mastering

Thanks to all my Kickstarter supporters, especially my Executive Producers ANDY BROWN, DAN LIFSCHITZ, JAMES WRIGHT & WEIFENG LI and Project Enthusiast DOUG MCLEAN

Thanks to the Canada Council for the Arts

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