Will Millar: The Keeper
- The Keeper
- 1994 - Attic KACD 1400 CD
- Songs of the Unicorn
- 2003 - (?) CD
- 2008 - Chacra Music — Digital release
- Track List:
- Just a Little Bitty Ball
- The Tree Planting Song
- The Keeper
- Waltzing with Bears
- Windy Old Weather
- Hey li le li le le
- The Unicorn
- If We Try
- A Place in the Choir
- Sailing on the Bay
- Bog Down in the Valley
- Biplane Evermore
- Reel in the Flickering Light
- Extra Tracks
- Puff the Magic Dragon
- The Puppet Song
- Tell Me Ma
- Songs of the Unicorn — Track Notes:
- Tracks 14-16 were added to the 2003 CD release
- Tracks 11, 15 & 16 are ommitted from the 2008 digital release
- Will Millar, George Millar, Michael Creber, Mary Ross, Wilcil McDowell, Joe Millar, Joe Smith, Doug Cox, Kevin McKeown, Rick Van Krugel, Igor the Jazz cowboy and Joel
- Produced by George Millar and Will Millar
- Engineered by John Ellis, Melodeon Studios, Vancouver Island, B.C.
- Front cover art: Irish artist William McKibbin
- Back cover art: Rand Walsh
- Graphic design: riff raff
- Interior illustrations pages 3 & 11: Terry Willers
- Photographs: Greg Athens
- Special thanks to all the children and teachers of the Assnichton School B.C. for all the great singing.
- To brother George, John Ellis, and Shirley Rainon for background singing.
- All songs MAPL except where indicated
- © 1994 Attic Productions Limited
According to this article in The Seattle Times,
Will (initially) left the Irish Rovers "to pursue a career in children's entertainment" — with the release of this album.
In addition, George Millar states, "We're lucky; we have no major internal bickering."
The Seattle Times article is dated March 17, 1995 and states Will "is working on a children's recording called 'The Keeper'" — yet this CD is dated 1994.
Unfortunately by July of 1995, things had changed: "Irish Rovers founder Will Millar launched a lawsuit against
his former bandmates claiming they conspired to oust him from the group and misappropriated royalties owed to him." —
Source: Coog's Blog (Darren Coogan of 99.3 — Prince George, BC)
[link is dead]
This album was nominated for a 1996 Juno (Canadian music) Award, as Best Children's Album. I think this is a very good album, for kids and adults alike. There is a nice
review by "bilbopooh", here.