Welcome to my Gordon Lightfoot fan site. Although this isn't an official artist's site, I try to accomplish the same thing, and therefore I include all the key elements of such a site. My love of Lightfoot's music led me to discover many other wonderful folk musicians, and I include some articles about them, mostly in the Folk Notes column. One of them, Bob Gibson , influenced Lightfoot's 12 string guitar playing and the song structure for one of his most famous songs, Canadian Railroad Trilogy. All of these folk musicians write and play music that I enjoy, and that I think you will enjoy too.
See the list below for quick links to information about them. Join my Mailing List for occasional newsletters and announcements. Mailings are at the rate of approximately one a month, unless you request "ALL" messages in which case you will also get periodic concert updates about concerts around the country. Remember, although I try to send email updates and post on social media, the tour schedule here on this site is always updated with the confirmed dates as well as venue and ticket purchase links, and pre-sale and on sale information.
Check it frequently. Official Biography! Try Amazon Music Unlimited. It is time to rejoice! Or is it? A new album coming in about a year! Read more Additional concerts announced. Lightfoot segment starts just after 14 minutes. I approve! Other Artists.
Lightfoot expects to resume touring in September. You can read the news story here. Watch this 57 second clip from that performance. He looks and sounds great! Which I could have been there. Given Jennings' credentials, that is exactly what I expected.
Described as "the definitive, full-access story of the life and songs of Canada's legendary troubadour," the book is all that and more.
Nicholas Jennings is uniquely qualified to write an authoritative biography of Lightfoot. He is a well-respected music historian, who has already written the definitive book on Canadian music in the s when Lightfoot came on the scene. In addition, Jennings wrote a biography of Lightfoot for the box set Songbook, and wrote liner notes or reviews for other albums. He already knew his subject very well and had his confidence, so a full biography was the logical next step. A paperback version will be released on October 30th, Additional Amazon links: Buy Kindle version at Amazon.
His childhood, marriages, other romances, battle with alcohol, and health issues were all covered in considerable detail, as were his entry into music, the development of his career, the people who supported him through the years, the accolades, giving back, and just about everything that figured in the story of his life. Like most of us, Lightfoot isn't proud of everything he has done throughout his life. He freely admits today that he made some serious mistakes, but he certainly isn't alone in doing that. Already a chronicler of Canadian music going back to the s, the author knew going in what details he needed to learn to weave a complete tapestry.
In addition, he had already reviewed several Lightfoot albums, and written a short bio for the Songbook box set, so I had no doubt that he would write the long version equally well. Read the full review. I received a copy of the book from the publisher. It has been released theatrically in Canada and will air on CBC and the documentary Channel also in Canada in late As of now, there is no word about a U.
If there is further news on this, it will be reflected here. Note: If you are in an EU country, you must consent to cookies in order to watch the video interview below. I had first heard about the book from David Rea who was interviewed at length for it, and mentioned his phone calls with the author on multiple occasions.
I wasn't disappointed. Additional Amazon links: Amazon. It has long been one of my favorite venues; not only have I seen Lightfoot there read review here , but I performed there as a child ballerina, and they are a client of mine today, so there is a lot of personal connection. The book is very much the story of the duo, but with enough on their lives earlier and as children , and after they broke up musically and personally, although the musical connection actually outlasted the personal to put the duo's biography in context.
I learned a lot about them that I didn't know, as my knowledge was limited to their early recordings, and the time that David was with them and most of that from David. Lightfoot credited Tyson as an influence and friend, so I decided I would learn more about him. This biography, rich with stories and anecdotes from that period, went a long way toward filling in the musical blanks. In this biography, Ian says that he hates it, and Lightfoot hasn't performed it in more than 16 years!
A Fierce Green Fire: The Battle for a Living Planet is an acclaimed Sundance documentary, and on a topic which Gord cares about, so the use of the song is very pleasant indeed. And the song is by another songwriter who I knew. It's Hamilton Camp's "Pride of Man. I always loved that version of the song, and only heard Hamilton's version many years later. As I have said elsewhere, Gord is faithful to the feeling and folk style of the original, but Gord's is perhaps even more chilling than Hamilton's.
Both really great, however. Rebecca contacted me through the Hamilton Camp 's website, to find out the publisher of the song, so she can get a license it for her next CD. Hamilton recorded it twice himself; the second recording is on his last CD, "Sweet Joy" , released in , shortly after his death.
The first was on "Paths of Victory," sadly out of print. There was just one problem: I don't have an audiophile system. In fact, I have no system at all we listen to CDs and digital recordings through our TV, or on headphones. My son has the only working record player in the family, and he is miles away. I thought about who I knew who might have an audiophile system, or know someone who does.
I was lucky that a good friend just happens to know the owner of an independent record store, and he not only agreed to help out; he invited me to his home to listen with him.
To make the experience even better, I had my son send me my sealed copy of the Mobile Fidelity Sound Labs recording of "Sundown", released in I had the album back then, but I had purchased a sealed copy for my collection.
The opportunity to listen to different versions of the same album on high-end equipment was a once-in-a-lifetime thing, and a suitable situation for unsealing the album. I received a copy of the RSD "Sundown" from the record label, Warner Canada; I bought the other recordings with my own money - and have no regrets.
I haven't met Don and Victoria personally, but there's a lovely album by them in the Fool's Hill Music store here. Below are Don's comments. I suppose it won't go unnoticed that this is a Lightfoot cover by members of two of the greatest folk bands in history! My Mom would have loved this as much as I did.
April 19, , updated April 26 — On April 18th, Neil Young quietly released his promised "covers" album, without any fanfare. It's a vinyl release, using very old technology see more below , and featuring 11 cover tunes, two of which are by Gordon Lightfoot.
Just remember: it was recorded in a "record booth" - and it sounds just like a bad record. But it is charming, and makes one wish that Neil would record these songs in a recording studio and release that too. I have the LP, and am happy to have it, but I really enjoy Neil's versions of these wonderful songs, and would like to hear him do them using today's technology. Last last summer, Lightfoot replaced Young as the headliner at two festivals after Young was forced to cancel due to an injury suffered by his lead guitar player.
Both musicians are icons in Canada, and clearly share mutual respect. For Lightfoot fans who have followed the story, Neil's lead guitarist in Crazy Horse suffered a hand injury over the summer, and Neil cancelled a number of performances including those at two big festivals in Ontario. Lightfoot was asked to step in, and did so, and Neil expressed his appreciation to Lightfoot personally. Last night, Neil performed some songs with a few musicians, but not his full band, and he did some songs solo, including Early Mornin' Rain: just Neil, his guitar and harmonica tempted to say, "harp", but I'm not sure all readers would know that jargon.
Unfortunately, I am back in Colorado so I couldn't enjoy it in person, but I am so pleased that my son decided to take in the show. Here's a video of the performance on You Tube:. August 27, — Gordon Lightfoot has kindly agreed to step into the headlining role at two Ontario festivals, after Neil Young had to cancel due to his guitarist's hand injury. As a result, festival attendees will get to see another of Canada's great music legends. Links to event details and ticket purchase sites can be found in the tour schedule. Yes, folks, that's right!
If you have satellite or most cable services, you will be able to watch this on TV in the US! As reported here, Lightfoot will perform an abbreviated version of Canadian Railroad Trilogy see more above, in the Massey Hall story.
Yes, I panicked. You can read the CFL's article on the scheduled entertainment here. Looking At the Rain is one of four previously unreleased tracks on the new album, and it is the first single. The song was recorded early in the Slowhand sessions, on May 6, What a treasure in the vault! It is faithful to the Lightfoot version in general style and mood, and the vocals are somewhat reminiscent of Lightfoot too.