House Concert – July 11, 2015
Ron Hynes is a legendary singer/songwriter from Newfoundland, and is commonly referred to as “The Man of a Thousand Songs.” He was a founding member of The Wonderful Grand Band, one of Newfoundland’s most popular performing groups, and has released 12 solo albums. His debut album, Discovery, released in 1972, was the first album composed of totally original content by a Newfoundland artist. Hynes is a seven-time East Coast Music Awards winner, has numerous MusicNL awards and is a past Juno and Canadian Country Music Awards nominee. He was named Artist of the Year (’92) and was presented with the prestigious Arts Achievement Award (2004) by the Newfoundland/Labrador Arts Council. In 2002, Hynes received an honorary Doctor of Letters from Memorial University in St. John’s in recognition of his original songwriting and his contribution to the cultural heritage of Newfoundland. In 2006, Hynes was honored as the recipient of the St. John’s Folk Arts Council’s Lifetime Achievement Award. As well he won a Socan Arts Achievement Award and a Genie Award ……the list goes on. He is currently working on his 13th album.
Ron Hynes’ songwriting is widely acclaimed outside his home province. Of course, he is best known for his folk classic Sonny’s Dream, haunting chronicle Atlantic Blue, heart-wrenching requiem Godspeed, and a string of country radio hits including Cryer’s Paradise, St. John’s Waltz, The Man of a Thousand Songs, Roy Orbison Came On, Get Back Change and more. Ron’s songs have been recorded by hundreds artists world-wide including Emmylou Harris, Mary Black, Christy Moore, Denny Doherty, Murray McLauchlan, John McDermott, Prairie Oyster, The Cottars, Hayley Westenra, Kim Stockwood, and Valdy to name just a few.
In July 2012, it was announced that Ron Hynes was suffering from throat cancer. On August 11, 2012, Hynes performed to a sold-out crowd of more than 3,000 at the Mile One Centre in St. John’s, his last performance before undergoing cancer treatment. In the fall of 2013, he was in remission and back on tour, including participation in a Vinyl Cafe tour, broadcast on CBC Radio. Ron’s health continues to improve, his energy is at an all-time high as well as his outlook on the future with a new manager, a new book titled My Name is Nobody, and a new CD release: Standing in Line in The Rain (2014).
This concert takes place on Friday, July 11. Lansdowne House Concerts are located at 41 Riverfront Way in Fredericton. To reserve seats please email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone us at 457-0826. The cost is $25 per person.