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||Home County Festival
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on Sylvia Tyson
Sylvia Tyson started performing professionally in 1959 as
one-half of the internationally acclaimed folk duo, Ian and
Sylvia. She wrote her first song, You Were On My Mind,
in 1962, and three years later it reached #3 on the Billboard
chart for a group called We Five, subsequently hitting the
British charts as a hit for Crispian St Peter.
Through the sixties and early seventies, Ian and Sylvia produced
thirteen popular albums and toured extensively in North America
and Europe, sharing their manager, Albert Grossman, with such
luminaries as Bob Dylan, Peter Paul and Mary, The Band, and
Janis Joplin. The duo went their separate ways in 1977.
Sylvia has continued to have a long and successful solo career.
She has recorded ten albums, written over two hundred songs
and has for the last twenty years also recorded and performed
with three other well-known Canadian female singer-songwriters
in a group called Quartette. As well, she has had a long and
distinguished radio and television career, both in music and
Sylvia is an emeritus member of the boards of CARAS (Canadian
music awards) of FACTOR (funding body for Canadian artists),
and she is one of the founders and past president of The Canadian
Songwriters Hall of Fame.
She is also a member of the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, The
Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame, and has received Canadas
highest civilian honour, The Order of Canada.
In 1985 she co-edited with Tom Russell a songwriter book entitled
And Then I Wrote The Songwriter Speaks, a collection
of quotes from songwriters about their craft (from Stephen
Foster to Stevie Wonder).
Her first book, Joyners Dream, a work of fiction was
published in March of 2011, and a CD of music was released
under the same title.
She continues to perform as a solo artist, and as a member
of Quartette. She is presently working on her second novel.
Sylvia Tyson's book
has been released by Harper Collins
The CD is available from Outside
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Sylvia Tyson -
THE CANADIAN COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME
“Magical” is the word that
most people use to describe Sylvia Tyson. Very few artists
have created a musical legacy that has achieved long-standing
international success. Sylvia became one of the music
world’s most recognizable and respected names
in the early 1960’s as half of one of the biggest
music acts in the business.
She then established a distinguished
solo career, and is also known today as one of the Canadian
vocal divas within the award winning group “Quartette”.
She has graced our country’s recordings for four
decades, writing classic songs and making music that
has made this Chatham, Ontario native an international
star, and a Canadian treasure. As one half of the Folk
Country duo “Ian & Sylvia”, she recorded
13 albums and helped change what the world was listening
to. The album most revered today: “Great Speckled
Bird” is now acknowledged as the beginning of
a Country Rock sound that led to an evolution, still
at the core of Country radio playlists.
Sylvia Tyson is a recipient of the Order
of Canada. She treasures many awards and is a member
to the Juno Awards Canadian Music Hall of Fame. In the
mid 70’s, Sylvia Tyson went on to release many
critically acclaimed solo albums and host award winning
radio and television programs such as the Roots series
“Touch The Earth”.
With three of Canada’s purest
voices today, (Caitlin Hanford, Cindy Church, Gwen Swick),
Sylvia performs as a member of “Quartette”
and also continues with solo projects, including her
much lauded one woman theatrical tour: “River
Road & Other Stories”.
Sylvia Tyson is credited in helping
give Canada its classic ‘Folk’ sound and
this wonderful (Canadian) singer songwriter has helped
shape our incredible Canadian musical history. Thousands
of fans throughout the world grew up with her beautiful
image and her sweet voice. She is a testament to Canada’s
cool, laid back, County-Roots beginnings. Sylvia Tyson’s
induction to the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame
is in recognition of her outstanding achievements as
an artist and her tremendous contribution to the music
CANADA'S QUEEN OF FOLK GETS HER DUE
Amy Cameron in ‘Closing Notes' for Mcleans Magazine
- September 8, 2003
Pictures of crows crowd the wall of
Sylvia Tyson's dining room. They are stark images -
paintings and drawing that are all inky black and grey
shadows, mysterious and somehow exquisite. "I think
of them as the bikers of the bird world," jokes
the internationally renowned Toronto-based folksinger
and songwriter. It's an unusual fixation. But since
the breakup of her marriage to Ian Tyson in the mid-70's,
and the dissolution of their powerhouse folk due, Ian
& Sylvia, Tyson has been diligently going her own
way. And this December at the 27th annual Canadian Country
Music Awards, Shania Twain will present Tyson with the
Hall of Fame Award. "People thought it odd that
we (Ian & Sylvia) didn't receive it together,"
said Tyson, 62, "But we've been apart much longer
than we were together."
A striking woman, Tyson - who is also
a member of Quartette which includes singer-songwriters
Cindy Church, Caitlin Hanford and Gwen Swick - is more
uncomfortable under scrutiny than one might expect from
a seasoned performer. Slow to divulge details of her
life, Tyson admits that she's "scaling back"
on touring for her own music in order to work on a book
of fiction she's been writing for six months. "I
thought that things were going to slow down at this
age but they're not," she says. "So now I'm
being more selective and self-protective." But
as quiet as she is Tyson offers no illusions about what
she loves. "I think of myself as a writer first,"
she says. Her favourite part of the day is composing
songs or sentences in her mind while on early morning
walks through Toronto's ravines. Like the crows she
adores, Tyson paints an exquisite picture.
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