Episode 178 – Jimmy Rankin, Tarek Mounib

July 29, 2019


Those who know me well, know that I absolutely love Celtic music. I was having conversation with my sister just the other day about the bands I grew up listening to and was fortunate to see live a few times – The Barra MacNeils, Ashley MacIsaac, Great Big Sea, The Chieftans. With the exception of the last, I have been fortunate to have Ashley, Alan Doyle, and Stuart MacNeil on the show. I didn’t grow up in Cape Breton or the Martimes – I’m an island kid from the West Coast – but perhaps its my deep Scottish and Irish ancestry. All that being said there is one band that was above them all, one band that raised me and musical sensibilities ever since. They are the Rankin Family. So legendary are these siblings that their first single – Fare thee Well Love – was named the greatest East Coast Canadian song of all time. From Mairi’s Wedding to Rise Again To North Country to Roving Gypsy Boy, I sang them all. I remember writing a piece about Raylene after she died in 2012 and was thrilled when I met Jimmy Rankin for an interview back in 2014. I spoke with Jimmy again on the phone last week about his new album “Moving East”, which looks at his moving to Nova Scotia after years in Nashville. Before we get to the interview here is Jimmy’s single off the album – Been Away.

And now, here is my conversation with Jimmy Rankin.

Once again that was Canadian music legend Jimmy Rankin of the iconic Rankin Family on his new solo record Moving East. We talked about it in the interview and so here is Jimmy’s re-done version of the Rankin Family classic “Turn That Boat Around”.

Tarek Mounib was born and raised in Canada to Egyptian parents and moved to Switzerland over 15 years ago where he received Swiss citizenship. A successful entrepreneur in the software business for more than 25 years, he has founded various companies, including Kindness Films. Having long been fascinated with fostering a sincere dialogue and a better understanding of different points of view, his recent focus has been on creating projects that contribute to the well-being of humanity and bringing people of various backgrounds and cultures closer together. If a film is a reflection of its creator, Free Trip to Egypt and Tarek Mounib are truly that film and filmmaker. I spoke with Tarek last week about the documentary.

That was Tarek Mounib. His documentary Free Trip To Egypt is being rolled out in cities across Canada. Before we go, one final song from Jimmy Rankin, his pick of favourite – Highlander.

Well that’s our show this week. My thanks to Jimmy Rankin and Tarek Mounib. Thanks for tuning in, bye for now.

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