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The Gift: The Words and Music of Ian Tyson
The Gift weaves through 50 years of Tyson’s catalogue of memorable music from the days of Ian and Sylvia, through Ian’s honky-tonk years and on to the days of his cowboy culture pieces. In this tribute, all of Tyson’s hits find their way onto the set list from Four Strong Winds, Someday Soon and Some Kind of Fool, to Navajo Rug, Springtime in Alberta, 18 Inches of Rain and others.
Ian Tyson’s one-time sidemen, collaborators and musical admirers come together under the banner of The Gift. Led by pianist and vocalist Stewart MacDougall, who has written, toured and recorded with Tyson, the band includes fellow Tyson alumni Thom Moon on drums, Gord Matthews on guitar, fiddle ace Myran Szott and Julian Kerr on bass. The line-up also includes former One Horse Blue lead singer and guitarist Ian Oscar and vocalist Tracy Millar, who has enjoyed her fair share of radio play on country stations around the province for some 15 years. Award-winning folk and roots singer John Wort Hannam has also become part of the cast of The Gift for the last eight years.