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artist The CFL Sessions

London, ON, CANADA

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The original CFL Sessions were captured in the 1970s by the late Canadian folklorist Staunton R. Livingston. The tapes (of Canadian football players performing both original and traditional works) collected dust in the National Archives of Canada until the summer of 2008, when they were discovered by resident folklorist Henry Adam Svec. Now, with the help of ethnomusicologist and composer WL Altman, Svec has transposed the rough, deteriorating recordings into lush and contemporary orchestrations.

The webpage contains a selection of (the recreations of) Livingston's Sessions; it is an archive meant to preserve the songs and it is freely accessible.

A special edition CD, The CFL Sessions, will be released on August 1, 2009. The recording features guest performances by Laura Barrett and Andy Magoffin. It will be available in selected record stores across Canada.

The CFL Sessions Archive acknowledges the crucial support of The Canada Council for the Arts and The National Archives of Canada.


Henry Adam Svec song-writer/collector/singer/guitarist
WL Altman melodica, piano, organs, harmonica, vocals, etc.


Geoff Berner
Shotgun and Jaybird
Two-Minute Miracles
Alan Lomax
Sunparlour Players
Ron Leary
Richard Laviolette
Laura Barrett
The CFL Sessions
August, 2009
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On Discipline Video 9:18

On Discipline Video

An excerpt from a lecture on The CFL Sessions, in which Henry Adam Svec discusses and performs "On Discipline"

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The CFL Sessions

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