Call It Home Released


Released May 2016

Available at AppleMusic/iTunes • SpotifyCD Baby and many other streaming places on the Internet.

The ten songs on this recording come from a place that has been near-and-dear to me for most of my life. I started coming to Hornby Island with my family in 1962 for two-week vacations in the grass-roofed cabins at Shingle Spit Resort.

After my family built our own cabin in 1966, these vacations turned into summer-long stays filled with sunshine, swimming, fishing, sailing, bike-riding and myriad other golden memory-making activities.

Cover of Call It Home albumIt’s interesting to discover how the pull of a place can act as a well of inspiration for creative endeavours, whether by painters, potters, house designers, gin distillers, chefs, guitar-makers, weavers, or, in my case, songwriters and musicians.

It was a great pleasure to revisit a few of my older songs and write some brand new ones, then take them to The Barn Studio’s Marc Atkinson, who took such great care and interest, and brought his amazing musical artistry to each and every song. I was also thrilled to have wonderful background vocals sung by Kim June Johnson, a fine songwriter and fellow islander.

I hope you enjoy this set of songs written and recorded on the island that inspired them, by people  who call it home.

Track list and links to lyrics, background on the songs, and images:

Call it Home
Your Day is Done
There is a Star
Albert J Savoie
Shingle Spit
Hand Troller
Standard 8
Where I Belong
Ebb and Flow

Words & Music by John McLachlan

Produced by John McLachlan & Marc Atkinson

John McLachlan
Lead vocals, acoustic 6 & 12-string guitar, hi-string guitar, harmony vocals on “Ebb and Flow,” “Hand Troller”

Marc Atkinson
Bass, drums, lead acoustic & electric guitar, percussion, keyboards, mandolin, harmony vocals on “Hand Troller”

Kim June Johnson
Harmony vocals on “There is a Star,” “Petrichor,” “Shingle Spit,” “Call it Home,” “Standard 8,” “Where I Belong,” “Your Day is Done”

Recorded & Mixed 2015/16 by Marc Atkinson at The Barn Studio, Hornby Island, BC

Mastered by Joby Baker at Baker Studios Ltd.

Made in Canada