Reviews & Resume

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Doug McArthur

PO Box 116

Wakefield QC

J0X 3G0





Reviews & Resume

"It can take a life time to sing with one’s own pure sound in a voice that echoes with the gift and the journey of the artist. With his new CD, Thunder into Heaven, Doug McArthur has come into his own, singing with a subtle, lyric authority that haunts the listener long after. Each cut rings true..."
(Catherine Joyce - Lowdown)

"Born in the dawn of 2007 this album will guage how I listen to new recordings this year."
(Chopper McKinnon Host "Canadian Spaces" CKCU.

"At his best (Doug is) a lyricist with the poetic ability of Leonard Cohen
Joe Matyas; London Free Press

“First and foremost, he (Doug) remains a composer of inordinately beautiful love ballads and flinty protest songs. Its that duality, that tension, that lifts his current songbook into the quiet realm of art."
Craig MacInnes; Toronto Star

"(Doug) is a Canadian Guy Clark."
Dick Pleasants; WGBH Boston

(Angels of the Mission Trail w/Jeffra) "Absolutely Haunting! CD of the year!"
Dave Stafford; KKUP San Jose

“Congratulations to the two of you (Doug & Jeffra) for doing so much for the history and heritage of California." Kevin Starr; State Librarian of California

“Definitely a wake up call” Sandy Shore; KPIG Freedom CA

(Angels) “beautifully-written songs that bear up well under repeated listening.” Steven E. McDonald; AMG

“McArthur sings memorable song after song.” (Doug McArthur with Garnet Rogers)
Gene Wilburn; Northern Journey

(Angels of the Mission Trail)..."a quietly elegant song cycle steeped in the frontier and literary history of California..."
Mike Regenstreif; SING OUT!

"(Angels)...a delicious, lyrical, theatrical, historical Roots CD with sound quality to die for"
Neil Matheson; MUSIC Sebringville, Ontario


Valdy, Canada’s premiere folk performer recorded “Don’ t You Believe” and “Hero” (from Letters From the Coast”) on A&M records.

A third song from Letters: “The Devil’s Pony” was recorded by Bill Hughes, lead singer of the major folk group Lazarus.

Garnet Rogers recorded “Black-Eyed Susan” and “Break the Law” on his debut album and added a cover of “Ain’t Goin’ Home” (from Sisteron) in a later recording. “Black Eyed Susan” has been recorded by several US singers.

Stan Rogers often performed “Lord Douglas”from “Letters”.

Randy Bachman performed Doug’s early song: “Tears Like Rain” during the early days of Bachman Turner Overdrive.

Colleen Peterson recorded Doug’s “Gentle People” (from Sisteron) on a CBC Christmas record.

Mark Haines & Tom Leighton recorded Doug’s song “Boots & Saddles”. This has become their most requested song in performance.

Nancy White also regularly performs “Boots & Saddles”.

Doug’s song “Merlin” has been recorded by several “Filk” (science fiction/fantasy folk singers) in the US (most noticably Kathy Mar)

Bobby Watt recorded “The Black Douglas” on his debut CD.


Festivals: Mariposa, Festival of Friends, Eaglewood, Home County, Calgary, Northern Lights, SummerFolk, Faro Yukon, Winnipeg, others.
Clubs: Hugh’s Room, Riverboat, Smale’s Pace, L’Hibou, Yellow Door, many clubs and universities in Canada, New England and California.

Support Tours & Shows

Stan Rogers, Garnet Rogers, James Cotton, Valdy, Tom Paxton, Deep Purple, John Gorka, David Lindley


Currently owner and engineer at Wakefield Sound and Light, recording videos and CDs.

Recording and Special Effects engineer for Pathword's six language Audio Guide project for the Bytown Museum.

Co-sequencer (with Ian Tamblyn) for upcoming True North CD "Dancing By Myself" (the songs of Bill Hawkins recorded by Bruce Cockburn, Murray McLaughlin, Lynn Miles, etc.)

Artistic Director - Eaglewood Folk Festival

CEO & Artistic Director - Hamilton Festival of Friends

President of Board – Ontario Council of Folk Festivals

Assistant Production Manager - Roy Thomson Hall

Co-Founder Gathering at Island Lake - Fernie B.C.

Web Designer & Graphics Director - JW Long & Associates - Houston Texas

Assistant Production Manager duMaurier Jazz Festival

Stage Hand - San Francisco Bay area

Board Member At Large - Ontario Council of Folk Festivals

Audience Development Co-ordinator/Tour Manager - Orchestra London

Entertainment Manager - Change of Pace - London Ont.

Talent Booker - Knight 11 - Hamilton

(One of three) Festival Directors - Winnipeg Folk Festival


Doug McArthur
(819) 827-8676
P.O. Box 116 Wakefield, Quebec J0X 3G0

Recording History