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Songs From Sivananda Kutir

Ken Whiteley (2001)
Ken’s Role: Performer

This is a recording of songs from Ken’s trip to India and the Sivananda Kutir in the Fall of 2000. The Sivananda Kutir is an ashram in the Himalayas, on the banks of the Ganga (Ganges), near the town of Uttar Kashi. It is part of the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres. 

Songs: Ganga Arati, Sivananda Kutir, Refuge, Won’t Turn Back, Find A Path, Good News, Guha, Ganesha Sharanam, Bright Morning Star, Sri Krishna Govinda.


Ken Whiteley is one of Canada’s most respected “roots” musicians. Drawing on his 
incredibly rich background in blues, gospel and folk styles, this 7 time Juno award 
nominee is always a wonderful addition to any festival or concert series. He has 
played at virtually every major folk festival in Canada and performed and recorded 
with such legends as Pete Seeger, John Hammond Jr., Tom Paxton, Blind John 
Davis, Stan Rogers, The Campbell Brothers, Guy Davis, Raffi, Linda Tillerey & 
the Cultural Heritage Choir and countless others. A prolific songwriter, a gifted 
and versatile instrumentalist and a powerful singer, Whiteley’s music 
communicates themes of freedom, love, spiritual aspiration and social comment. 
His performances are presented with particapatory humor, grace and energy.

His performing career began as a teenager in the 1960’s with brother Chris and 
friend Tom Evans as The Original Sloth Band. With the Sloths, Ken performed 
all over North America and appeared on Saturday Night Live with Leon Redbone. 
More recently, his collaborations with brother Chris (The Whiteley Brothers) and 
old friends Mose Scarlett and Jackie Washington (Scarlett, Washington & Whiteley) 
have resulted in a wonderful collection of recordings, garnering high praise, 
successful tours and several awards. Whether performing solo or playing with 
any of his large circle of musical friends, as one critic has said, “with Ken 
Whiteley our enjoyment is virtually assured.”

Ken Whiteley is a busy musician who is always involved in a number of projects. 
He is an active record producer, having worked on more than eighty albums. His productions have resulted in 11 Gold or Platinum albums, 22 Juno nominations, 
2 Juno winners and 2 Grammy nominations, with total sales in excess of 8 million 
copies. He has written the music for a number of films and television programs. 
Whatever he does, it reflects his “briliant musicianship and high test passion”.  
In the words of Sing Out! magazine, “Ken Whiteley is one of the best.”