Award winning Scottish-Canadian singer-songwriter, ‘David Leask’, has announced the release of his brand-new ‘FIRE & ICE’ video single from, “Voyageur in Song”, a concept record inspired by the Six String Nation guitar nicknamed Voyageur. Discover that the 3rd February in Formula Indie
The song was written about Labradorite, an iridescent blue feldspar mineral
from Labrador’s Paul’s Island, inlayed on Voyageur’s 3rd and 9th frets. According to local Inuit
legend, Labradorite once held the Northern Lights, which were eventually freed by a
hunter. “Fire and Ice” imagines the birth of Labradorite from its own geological and mythical
perspective. The upbeat melody of the song, complemented by Jaron Freeman-Fox’s violin, is a
nod to the movement of light and colour within Labradorite, engaging listeners in the melody the
way the mineral captures the eye.
I wanted the song to have an underlying sense that sometimes we can’t see everything, that
beauty can be hiding and we just have to have a closer look or wait, until the light hits in just the
right way.” – David Leask
The “FIRE & ICE” video, produced by Big Red Oak Films, is told through the story of a young
dancer who must find a way to rise above the competition and prove that she is everything she
wants to be to the only person that matters – herself. The video is the culmination of an amazing
thread of creativity from the initial artistic vision for the Six String Nation Guitar through to all the
inspired artists that followed one another – luthier, singer/songwriter, music & video producers,
choreographer & ballet dancers.
“Voyageur in Song”, Leask’s 7th record, was written and recorded on a uniquely Canadian instrument –
the Six String Nation guitar, Voyageur – built from over 64 pieces of natural, indigenous, oral, recorded
and contemporary history from every province and territory in Canada. It honours both the pain and the
beauty in Canada’s history and features songs from Haida Gwaii to Labrador, with stops in
Saskatchewan, Toronto and the shores of PEI.
A decorated artist with international acclaim, Leask has been dubbed “the most consistent Canadian
songwriting competition winner” by Songwriters Magazine, having won numerous contests including
USA and International Songwriting Competitions. Leask is Mississauga Music 2021 Songwriter of the
Year and his current record, “Voyageur in Song” is nominated for Canadian Folk Music Association
Contemporary Album of the Year.