Buckna, Pat & Jim Green
Origin: High River, Alberta - Yellowknife, Northwest Territories (Pat Buckna); Fort Smith, Northwest Territories (Jim Green)
In May 1982 in Fort Smith, Jim Green and composer Pat Buckna first experimented combining Jim’s writing with Pat’s music. Later that summer they performed a benefit concert at the Wildcat Cafe in Yellowknife. The benefit was broadcast live by CBC North radio and became the beginnings of this album. In December 1982, the pair received a Canada Council Explorations grant to research additional material for Flint & Steel. This album was the result. Much of the original music was composed and recorded in January, February and March 1983 on a Tascam 4-track reel-to-reel in Rufus Graves’ garage on Pine Crescent during a reasonably mild winter when the temperature never dropped below -40. The final vocals were recorded at Richard Harrow’s Living Room Recording Studio in Calgary between May 1983 and March 1984. In January 2009, Flint & Steel was digitized and released on cd and in downloadable format. Included on the album is an extra 13-minute instrumental piece of Pat’s entitled Echoes of the Northland that was featured at the NWT pavilion at Expo ’86 in Vancouver.
The cover is a picture of the inukshuk at English Bay in Vancouver, which we had built for the NWT pavilion and later donated to the city of Vancouver at the end of the fair.