Awake North Wind

by Ruth Finlay (nee Hughes)

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    In the bonus items are pictures of the band "North Wind"; Ray, Jerry and Ruth. Also I have included artwork of the biblical references in the music of Awake North Wind. I have included a picture of Jesus as I see Him as a master of meditation and mind discipline. He is the Master in "The Master's Collection" Logo that inconspicuously sits at the bottom left hand side of the "Awake North Wind" LP cover. You will also find the original album cover in the bonus section of the Awake North Wind Album section of my Bandcamp site. I decided to bring a little more colour and beauty to the Digital Album Cover in its second generation & rejuvenation. I didn't change it much but I always thought it could have more colour and beauty.
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Ruth created the album Awake North Wind from songs she had written from the ages of 16 to 21.
Working with Merv and Merla Watson in the late 60's in the Catacomb's Club in Toronto, Ruth became a popular singer/songwriter in that circle of young rebellious Christians who wanted to change the world. Finally after many requests Ruth started her own band in the 70's with the purpose of creating an LP for her friends and fans.
Awake North Wind was born as an indie album which soon sold out and received air play in the US and Canada. It is now considered a vintage LP and collector's item selling in some circles for over $700. Ruth decided to release the LP in digital format for all to enjoy once more.


released December 21, 2018

Special Thanks to Urmas Soomet at Studio 13 Live Sound Recording for the restoration and digital cleaning of my 40 year old vinyl LP.
Special Thanks to Kathleen Gillis for her passionate support and love of this music. I dedicate this restoration to her.
Ruth Finlay (nee Hughes) : lead and background vocals, rhythm guitar
Jerry Wylie: lead and rhythm guitar
Raymond Radkowski: string bass
Rick Osborn: piano
John Dell: percussion and drums
Merla Watson: viola on "Who Walks on the Wind"
Produced by Doug J. McKenzie and "North Wind" (Ruth's Band Name)
Published by Music Tree
Special Thanks to: Gaius: design artist, Marilyn Stroud: hand written lyric sheet, Neil Fox: photography
Recorded and mixed at Master's Workshop Corp. 306 Rexdale Blvd., Unit 6, Rexdale, Ont. M9W 1R6
Manufactured and distributed by Praise Records, Vancouver B.C.
P.O. Box 2307, V6B 1Y9
Restored by Urmas Soomet at Studio 13 Live Sound Recording.
All words and music C 1976 by Ruth Finlay - SOCAN


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Ruth Finlay Toronto, Ontario

Ruth Finlay is a Toronto musician who follows her heart and sings her Soul Song. Visit Ruth's website here:

Ruth Hughes is her maiden name and she published the album "Awake North Wind" in 1976 under that name. Ruth has created a CD from that album to be released soon.

Ruth is currently creating instru-mental music for TV, film & video licensing.
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