Ottawa’s CityFolk Festival got a musical treat Saturday night on the City Stage. Quite a crowd gathered around to hear two Canadian cowboy troubadours sing and tell stories about the great Canadian West...
It was a night of multiple personalities on the CityFolk stage on Saturday, with the coupling of hurtin’ Albertan Corb Lund and country legend Ian Tyson, before Father John Misty brought a few split personalities of his own....
one last update on Ian before the end of this year.
He continues to convalesce very well and to quote him . . .”at least now I can pick up a bag of feed and a pail of water!” One of the side effects of his surgery caused some irritation to Ian’s vocal cords. Consequently, on strict orders from his voice Doctor, he must postpone his return to the stage until at least late March, 2016. With this in mind, Ian very reluctantly asked me to withdraw him from his scheduled, sold-out concerts in Elko in late January and we will now look at his resuming a performance schedule at the Genoa Cowboy Festival in Genoa, NV, on April 30th. The folks at The Western Folklife Center summed things up nicely in a letter to ticketholders for Ian’s cancelled concerts and I have reprinted this, below.
We are all looking forward to a happy and prosperous New Year and on behalf of Ian and all of his team, may yours also be healthy and safe.
October 27 2015
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SINGER IAN TYSON RECOVERS FROM OPEN HEART SURGERY, PLANS TO RESUME
DUAL CAREERS AS SINGER AND RANCHER
Singer and songwriter Ian Tyson is resting comfortably in a hospital near his Longview, Alberta ranch, recovering from open-heart surgery.
A blockage required an aortic valve to be replaced; the operation took place two weeks ago in Calgary’s Foothills Hospital. Tyson, impatient to get back to his ranch, is wryly amused that the replacement valve came from a cow’s heart.
He is looking forward to a limited schedule of performances next year, and he hopes to perform at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada in January — he’s played the event every year but one since 1981.
During his stay in hospital, which will likely last a few more days, friends and neighbours have taken care of the Tyson Ranch.
Now 82, Tyson has followed dual careers as a rancher and singer since he moved to Alberta in the early ‘80s. Songs such as “Four Strong Winds,” “Someday Soon” and “Summer Wages” established him as one of Canada’s best-known artists.
He began his career in the duo Ian and Sylvia in the early ‘60s, but has long had a distinguished career as a solo artist. He released his 13th album — Carnero Vaquero — for the Edmonton-based independent roots music label Stony Plain earlier this year.
For further information, please contact:
Richard Flohil, PH: (416) 351-1323
Holger Petersen, Stony Plain Records PH: (780) 468-6423
Ian Tyson, musician, rancher, storyteller and Canadian icon celebrated his 81st birthday last fall but shows no sign of slowing down. Between his ranch in the foothills of the Rockies with fences to mend and horses to train to concert stages from Montana to Toronto, New York to New Mexico and all points between, the man leads two busy lives. Join this iconic Canadian for a unique evening of Songs and Stories in the following cities:
GRANDE PRAIRIE, AB – Wed, June 3rd 7:30 PM - Douglas Cardinal Arts Centre
Tickets at tickets.revolutionplace.com, charge by phone (780) 538-0387 and the Revolution Place Box office.
FORT ST JOHN, BC – Thurs, June 4th 7:30 PM – North Peace Cultural Centre
Tickets at www.npcc.bc.ca, charge by phone (877) 785-1992 and the NPCC Box Office.
PRINCE GEORGE, BC – Sat, June 6th 7:30 PM – Vanier Hall
Tickets at www.ticketmaster.ca, charge by phone (855) 985-5000 and all TicketMaster Outlets.
SMITHERS, BC – Sun, June 7th 7:30 PM – Della Herman Theatre
Tickets at Mountain Eagle Books (250) 847-5245 or Speedee Interior Stationary (250) 847-9712.
PRINCE RUPERT, BC – Tues, June 9th 7:30 PM – Lester Centre of the Arts
Tickets available at Cooks Jewellers, Lester Centre of the Arts Box Office and charge by phone (250) 627-8888.
KITIMAT, BC – Wed, June 10th 7:30 PM – Mount Elizabeth Theatre
Tickets available at Katii’s Knook (City Centre Mall) (250) 632-2222.
TICKETS FOR ALL SHOWS WILL GO ONSALE
THURS, APRIL 23 @ 10:00 AM LOCAL TIME
In the last ten years, Tyson has released four albums, issued a two DVD concert video and filmed a music documentary for Bravo (which earned international film and television awards). He also penned an autobiography The Long Trail My Life in the West, and continues to be honored for his achievements. Ian has received numerous Canadian Country Music Awards, membership in the elite Juno Awards Hall of Fame, three honorary Doctorates and is a proud member of the Order of Canada. "Four Strong Wings" was chosen Canada's #1 song of the 20th century.
In 2012, Tyson closed out the year by undergoing a corrective voice procedure that resulted in Ian’s voice becoming stronger than ever. Ian has been singing about love sustained, relationships broken and heroes and heroines for six decades and the songs that continue to be written are every bit as authentic as they ever were. His one of a kind performance is not to be missed. Ian continues to write new songs and he’s just putting the finishing touches on his next CD. Look for the release this Spring 2015.
It’s almost Springtime In Alberta (almost), and here I am, still busy with the ranch and writing new songs and, yes, preparing to tour again this Summer and Fall . . . go figure! At 80 years old, I figured that I would be hiding out in some warm climate, sipping a cool drink and embarrassing all of the beautiful young fillies. But instead, I am shoveling snow in subzero weather and hiding out in the old Stone House, writing new songs for what I hope will be a great, new CD. Guess we’ll all have to wait and see how that ends up!
We have given a handful of concerts in Canada and the United States this winter and I am quite gratified at the warm welcome I continue to receive from the sold-out audiences. It wasn’t that long ago that I thought my voice had left me forever and I was resigning myself to an unthinkable end to my performing career. Through a series of almost miraculous circumstances, I found a new voice surgeon and a very good singing coach and together, my new team has got me right back in the saddle. So I guess you are stuck with me for a while longer my friends.
Thanks for your continued support and I will look forward to seeing you down the road, Someday Soon!
Corb Lund – Cabin Fever – AB
Del Barber – Headwaters – MB Ian Tyson – Raven Singer – AB Keri Latimer – Crowsfeet and Greyskull – MB
Leeroy Stagger – Radiant Land - AB
Winner will be announced Oct. 6th in Calgary
May 9, 2013
IAN TYSON: A NEW ALBUM OF
MORE OF THE GOOD ‘UNS, AND THE RECOVERY OF A DAMAGED VOICE
Ian Tyson, Canada’s iconic singer and songwriter, turns 80 in September, but his energy remains undimmed — and he’s releasing a second “best-of” compilation of songs from some of the dozen-odd albums he’s recorded for the Edmonton-based Stony Plain label.
The new collection— the follow up to All the Good ‘Uns, his 1996 Gold album — will be released by Stony Plain Records on May 21.
Titled All the Good ‘Uns Vol 2, is a collection of 19 recordings — including many of the “story” songs that Tyson has crafted about life in the west, the vanishing cowboy culture, and a few of the more personal songs that reflect the singer’s own experiences. The new CD is distributed in Canada by Warner Music, and in the United States by ADA.
The songs, chosen by Tyson and by record label head Holger Petersen, are taken from five of the dozen Ian Tyson albums Stony Plain has released over the years.
A familiar voice returns
Tyson is also celebrating the near-complete recovery of his voice, badly damaged six years ago by the combination of a near-deaf rock and roll sound man at a massive outdoor county music festival, followed by a cold virus that wouldn’t quit.
“I fought the sound system, and lost,” he recalled. “I remember coming off stage and telling Ray Benson, of Asleep at the Wheel, ’Ray, I think I hurt my voice.’ I saw a doctor, and he said, basically, live with it.”
Tyson was forced to learn, with courage and craftsmanship, to sing his songs with what he called “my new voice.” Two superb Stony Plain albums, Yellowhead to Yellowstone (2008) and Raven Singer (2012) saw a wide range of new songs presented in a uniquely intimate, arresting and heart-to-heart voice.
“Late last year, I did three nights of my annual shows in Longview, near the ranch I have south of Calgary,” he says. “The last night was really hard, so I figured I’d have to do something drastic.”
He visited Tom Gillis, a Calgary ear, nose and throat specialist. “He checked me out very carefully, explored my throat, and found a whole mountain of polyps down there. The operation to remove them, and a continuing course of therapy with Katherine Ardo of the Canadian Voice Care Foundation seems to have done the trick.”
Looking at the future with clear eyes
Closing in on his 80th birthday, he looks back at five decades of a career that’s earned him countless awards, the Order of Canada, and a devoted following.
He has concerts booked well into next year, including three shows in early July at Calgary’s Martha Cohen Theatre and fall dates across the country with Corb Lund.
At the same time, he continues to supervise his working ranch; this is a man for whom “the cowboy life” is an ever-present reality.
And Ian Tyson stares at the future with clear eyes and a weather-worn face. Bring it on, he seems to say. Meanwhile, the songs keep coming and the stories he shares are as true as a well-worn saddle.
A tribute to longtime Western singer and songwriter Ian Tyson
A tribute to longtime Western singer and songwriter Ian Tyson was unveiled today in downtown Calgary. The Calgary Transit public art piece features the lyrics to Land of Shining Mountains, displayed in glass and stone.
Ald. Druh Farrell says the art project, which is on a transit utility building wall at Seventh Avenue and Ninth Street S.W., was part of a plan to bring poetry to Calgary’s downtown.
She says when they decided on cowboy poetry, it was clear that Ian Tyson was the right fit.“We went through the lyrics together of all of his songs and, of course, the Land of Shining Mountains really stood out for us. It is a quintessential Alberta song. It's a beautiful song.”
Tyson says this is the right song to pick because it reflects a modern urban Alberta. The song is off of his 2005 album Songs From the Gravel Road.
“When Ald. Farrell called me, I guess it’d be year ago now or more, I couldn’t quite grasp the concept of what we were doing,” said Tyson, laughing. “Of course, now that I see it, it’s wonderful and it’s very clear, but I kept thinking New York Subway and graffiti or something.”
Local musicians Chris Gheran and John Rutherford sang on the C-Train, while Tim Hus performed at the event.
Allan Gregg in Conversation
Watch the Ian Tyson interview by Allan Gregg on TVOntario about Ian's live and his memoir "The Long Trail" (30 minutes)
The Long Trail - My Life in the West- Autobiography by Ian Tyson.
A Canadian icon on his longstanding love of the West and his life. "I live on a ranch about six miles east of the town of Longview and the old Cowboy Trail in the foothills of the Rockies. On a perfect day, like today, I can't imagine being anywhere else in the world. Of course, I'm not going to say there aren't those other days when you think, 'What am I doing here?' It's beautiful country and it can be brutally tough as well." Ian Tyson
Ian Tyson's journey to the West began in the unlikely city of Victoria, BC, where he rode his dad's horses on the weekends and met cowboys in the pages of Will James's books, and eventually followed that cowboy dream to rodeo
competition. Laid up after breaking a leg, he learned the guitar, and drifted east, becoming a key songwriter and performer in the folk revival movement. But the West always beckoned, and when his marriage to his partner
and collaborator Sylvia broke up and the music scene threatened to grind him down, he retreated to a ranch and work with cutting horses. Soon, he'd bought a ranch in Alberta and found a new voice as the renowned Western Revival singer-songwriter and horseman he is today. This book is Ian's reflection on that journey...
Ian Tyson Limited Edition Guitar Launched by World's Smallest Guitar Store
Canadian-based guitar makers MacKenzie & Marr are launching the Ian Tyson Limited Edition Guitar to pay tribute to the folk and country music legend's classic, unembellished style.
The Ian Tyson Limited Edition is a solid wood instrument with a factory installed Fishman Sonitone Onboard Preamp System. The top is 3A solid spruce with scalloped x bracing and mated to solid Akoumé back and sides. It boasts the strong bass of a superb dreadnought-styled guitar without the associated size and bulk, and without burying the mid and treble response delivering a deep, rich sound. It's a flat-picker's guitar that doesn't leave a finger style player lost when he moves up the neck.
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