Fighting fire with music

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Department raising money with CD

Music fans on the southwest coast will be able to support a good cause as they indulge their love of local music this year.

Some of the best-known local musicians have lent their songs to a fundraiser for the Port aux Basques Volunteer Fire Department.

Music fans on the southwest coast will be able to support a good cause as they indulge their love of local music this year.

Some of the best-known local musicians have lent their songs to a fundraiser for the Port aux Basques Volunteer Fire Department.

A compilation CD titled "Our Heroes" with 15 tracks by local artists is now available for purchase from all members of the fire department. Proceeds will go towards the purchase of a new support unit vehicle that will bring gear, supplies and fire fighters to fires.

The CD was complied in just a few months. Fire Chief Jerry Musseau said members of the fire department began by contacting local artists and asking for permission to use a song they had already recorded. He said everyone they contacted was ready and willing to contribute.

Port aux Basques songwriter Bernie Sheaves said he would've written and recorded a song especially for the project if he had an extra week.

Instead he contributed his song "Weekend at the Cabin" because he knew it is a popular tune that many can relate to.

"I knew it was a good song for this area. Come Friday, so many are off to the cabin at MacDougall's," he said.

Mr. Sheaves said he has supported the department in the past by playing at dances. He was more than happy to provide a song for this CD.

Port aux Basques songwriter Don Crewe provided his song "The Human Wind Gauge" about Lauchie MacDougall for the CD. He said he wanted to donate a song with a hero theme, given the CD's title.

"For a bunch of guys who are all volunteers - I'd donate anything to help them out. They're on call all the time and they're there when you need them," said Mr. Crewe.

Chief Musseau said the department got its first shipment of 400 CDs two weeks before Christmas. They are planning to print at least 1,000.

The CD was compiled by Port Club Productions, which also designed the jewel case. The case includes images courtesy of The Gulf News of fire fighters battling the Port aux Basques Collision Centre fire in January.

"Hopefully they will move well during come home year," said Chief Musseau. "If they sell out or we see they're about to sell out before come home year, we'll be looking to get more CDs printed."

reporter@gulfnews.ca

Organizations: Volunteer Fire Department, Port Club Productions, The Gulf News

Geographic location: Port aux Basques

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