Today marks the release of a new video from Heather Rankin. the video is for her single, “Titanically” from her JUNO nominated album, A Fine Line. The video was inspired by the story of Wallace Hartley, the Titanic’s bandmaster and violinist, who would be celebrating his birthday today. It is told from the perspective of the violin yearning to be returned to the man who loved and played it. The video was directed by Thom Fitzgerald and features a Wallace Hartley kind of character, played by Callum Dunphy, who accompanies Rankin through water, mud and time, all while continually playing his beloved violin. The story also has an emotional connection for Rankin, whose brother John Morris Rankin, was also a violinist and like Hartley, died tragically in the Atlantic Ocean, leaving behind a deep musical legacy.
I can honestly say, I didn’t know the story behind this until I read the press relase from Cadence Music:
“Wallace Hartley’s violin case was recovered strapped to Hartley’s body, buoyed mostly out of the water by his life jacket, and thus preserved in good condition. It was taken to Halifax by the Mackay-Bennett Cable Ship that recovered many of the Titanic’s victims in April, 1912. Several newspaper articles listed the items recovered with Hartley, including a “music case.” From Halifax, the violin and its case was returned to Hartley’s fiancée, Maria Robinson, who had given the violin to him, engraved with their names, as an engagement gift.
If you are able to check out Heather Rankin in concert on any of these dates, you definitely should as she’s a true Canadian legend.
I’m Jenna, and I am the founder and editor of Canadian Beats. I have had a strong love for Canadian music, which started many years ago. I have a passion for promoting these talented Canadian bands and artists, and that’s how Canadian Beats came to be. I am so proud of what it has become over the last few years, with many talented music lovers and writers coming together to spread the word of Canada’s music.