"The Wilno Chicken, and Other Songs for my Community, by Ish Theilheimer and Friends" includes 13 songs written over the past 15 years, mostly for Stone Fence Theatre.
Proceeds of the sale of the CD go to support the St. Frances Valley Healthcare Foundation, which supports the hospital, hospice and nursing home in Barry’s Bay.
The CD is named for Theilheimer's most-requested song, which tells the story of the theft, in 2001, of the plywood chicken that advertises the annual chicken supper at St. Mary's Church in Wilno. Many of the songs in this collection are humourous, but many are also strongly emotional.
The CD features Ish Theilheimer and a dozen musical friends including Peter Brown, Bianca Goldie, Camille and Jessy McLean, Pat Moore, Ambrose Mullin, Fran Pinkerton, Ken Ramsden, Lesley Sneddon, and Colin Wylie. Clint Degarie as recording engineer, and Terry Mask of Barry’s Bay mastered the recording.
About half the songs are in folk or traditional style. The others utilize a variety of styles including country, pop, rap, soul, and gospel.
The Wilno Chicken
Going to Barry's Bay for Midnight Mass
In the Summer Kitchen
The Magic Song
Love Your Neighbour
What's Crazy 'Bout That?
Jack and Aggie's Cows
In the Valley Twilight
What the Killaloe Hippies Do (Turn On, Tune In)
The Rights of Man
In My Community
Don't Get My Valley Up!