Folklords - Release the Sunshine

Format: LP
Label: Allied 11
Year: 1969
Origin: Toronto, Ontario
Genre: folk, psych
Value of Original Title: $500.00
Make Inquiry/purchase: email ryder@robertwilliston.com
Release Type: Albums
Websites:  No
Playlist: Psych, Folk, MOCM Top 1000 Canadian Albums


Side 1

Track Name
Jennifer Lee
Don't Hide Your Love from Me
Unspoken Love
Forty Second River

Side 2

Track Name
Pardon Me Judas
Thank You for Your Kindness
We'll Love Like Before
Suzanne Marie
Don't Look Back
The Slave



Release the Sunshine


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The Folklords were a Toronto, Ontario band who released the rare folk psych LP "Release the Sunshine" on Allied Records No. 11 in 1968.

The band members were Tom Martin on bass and vocals; Paul Seip on guitar and vocals; Martha Johnson on autoharp and vocals; and Craig Boswell on drums.

The album was produced by Jack Boswell and Bill Bessey. Two Brothers Music. Photography was by Jack Umpleby.

The Folklords did some touring, "but didn't get much support from Allied". They appeared on a few TV shows, "but it wasn't an easy time in Canada in those days", Tom writes. He continued "We split the group in late '69 and that is when I started a solo career before forming some different groups of which I will tell you more about later. The response The Folklords have had over the past 10 years is just astounding I get mail from around the world and quite a bit of airplay on college radio"

The Folklords album is one of the most sought after albums of this genre. It truly is a phenomenal album.

The Folklords also released 2 - 45's: "Forty Second River b/w Unspoken Love" on the Kitchener, Ontario record label Cob Records M.S. 105 in 1968; and "Jennifer Lee b/w Pardon Me Judas" on Allied 6358 in 1969.

Release the Sunshine was re-issued on Void Records VOID 14.

Martha Johnson is not the same Martha Johnson of Martha and the Muffins.

Tom Martin has never stopped writing and touring. He has had fun writing for other folks as well as producing other artists. He hosted a local cable music show in the late 80's early 90's called "Perth County Music Scene", which was a half hour weekly show with musical guests going through the Toronto area. Tom starred as Jesus in "Jesus Christ Superstar" in two different productions in 1987 and 1993. He also did some Jingle writing and taught for 7 years. Tom is finishing up a new solo project tentatively entitled "Is Anybody Listening".

Tom also recorded songs with the band Cookin and Mackenzie; one song from each are available for free on this website.

Paul Seip recorded a CD containing 6 tracks entitled “Of Times & Tears” on P&D Music Inc. That CD was recorded on an old cassette machine in 2009 and features a rather primitive recording of Paul singing and playing his acoustic guitar.

-Robert Williston


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