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Charles Spearin

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Charles Spearin is a Canadian musician from Toronto, Ontario. He is a founding member of Do Make Say Think and Broken Social Scene, has toured extensively as a part of Feist (singer)'s band, and was Gord Downie's bass player for the Secret Path album and tour. On August 28, 2020, he and Swedish Violinist Josefin Runsteen released a classical album called Thank God the Plague is Over on Arts and Crafts (record label). The album, titled just before the COVID-19 pandemic began, is a series of improvisations, Runsteen on Violin and Spearin on Nyckelharpa recorded chapel in Northern Italy. The Chapel, Chiesa di San Vigilio, near Castel Campo, had survived two waves of the bubonic plague that killed ninety percent of the local villagers. The walls of this chapel are covered in ancient graffiti pleading with God to rescue us from the horrors and suffering of the disease. The most prominent graphic, the red X, is the conclusion. It represents the cessation of suffering. Painted sometime after the Plague had moved on and life was gradually returning to normal, this X is the inspiration for the title of the album.

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