David Lintaman (centre) works in Nunavut but has such strong ties to Yarmouth, he’s penned a song about the place.
By Carla Allen
Hundreds of miles north as the seagull flies, a songwriter is plucking out a tune about the Ghosts of Cape Forchu.
David Lintaman, who works in Nunavut for the Canadian government, says memories of Overton and his grandfather's stint as a lightkeeper inspired him to work on the song.
“I imagined the ‘foghorn gypsies’ and the ‘lighthouse gods’ dancing with the ghosts of Cape Forchu and went with it,” he said via email.
He grew up with tales of the Runic Stone and his grandfather's property was close to where the Markland Hotel was located.
The children were warned to stay away because of the danger of falling in a hidden well.
“Glad to say I found the well and never fell in. These experiences gave me the song,” he said.
Lintaman’s mother was born in Overton and he spent his weekends and summers in the area. While in his early teens, his family moved from Halifax to Yarmouth. He attended Hebron School and Yarmouth Consolidated Memorial High School then studied commerce at St. Mary's University.
He says he moved to Nunavut for several reasons, including the hunting, fishing and interesting work.
“I get to fly into small communities and help people with their mortgages and rental situations,” he said.
Wherever he travels, he often takes his guitar and 40 harmonicas. Although mostly self-taught, he doesn’t hesitate to consult books, CDs and online sources.
He focuses on blues, gospel, classic rock, guitar, vocals (blues and choir tenor) and harmonica.
“I play a bit of piano but only to write songs. I did study classical guitar at DAL for a year,” he said.
Someday Lintaman hopes to return to Yarmouth. He has many friends and relatives in the region he stays in touch with and reads the Vanguard online every week.
He has collaborated with other musicians/lyricists in the past, including Sandra Spears (nee Moulaison), who is also from Yarmouth. Spears wrote I Sing and Sadie’s Gone, among many other songs, with Lintaman.
Another friend, Peter Brown from the Ottawa Valley, wrote Rude Nancy with Lintaman and they played several gigs together. Brown has toured with Dutch Mason, Mick Taylor (Rolling Stones) and others.
Lintaman says his voice has been referred to as a cross between Joe Cocker, George Thorogood and “any one of a thousand blues singers.”
Although his main focus remains writing, he performs to get his songs heard and has been playing solo more recently.
“I love performing, but for me the real thrill is coming up with a song that I feel is a good one,” he said.
“I’m working on getting my songs heard everywhere I can, including YouTube, live performances and every place I can think of.
“I've been interviewed and had songs featured on CBC North and I perform at bars, concerts, church choirs and festivals,” he said.
A CD is in the works and one of his goals is to play Nova Scotia Music Week.