Canadian folk music legned Murray Mclauchlan will be holding a rare solo performancat the Filberg Festival in Comox on Sunday, Aug. 4.
McLauchlan, one of Canada’s most influential songwriters, began writing songs and performing them in his late teens. After playing at major music festivals, such as The Philadelphia Folk Festival, where he appeared alongside Jim Croce and John Prine, and Mariposa where he gave up half of his concert time so Joni Mitchell could play, McLauchlan began to attract wider attention on the club circuit, playing such well known rooms as The Riverboat in Toronto, The Bitter End in New York, The Main Point in Philadelphia, and the famous Earl of Old Town in Chicago. Before McLauchlan had actually recorded an album of his own, his Child’s Song was already well known after being recorded by American folk star Tom Rush. Live versions of his song Honky Red were performed by Kris Kristofferson and Waylon Jennings. McLauchlan has always been passionate about song-writing as an art form, and in the mid 1980’s he found an outlet as the host of the CBC weekly radio program “Swinging on a Star”, a showcase for, and a celebration of the songwriters art in a live performance venue. It was the top rated music show in the country with over 750,000 listeners every Saturday for five years.
In 1993, to his great amazement, Murray was appointed to the Order of Canada, and he still firmly believes that many others deserve it more.
1998 saw the release of Murray’s first book, a memoir titled Getting Out of Here Alive. It took a year and a half to write and provided a snapshot of the early days of the Toronto music scene as well as some hard looks at its inhabitants.
The Filberg Festival in Comox, Friday, Aug. 25. Tickets are $15 daily or $40 for the weekend pass.
For more information go to www.filbergfestival.com This family friendly festival celebrates excellence in all forms of Canadian arts and crafts and music with over one hundred juried crafts booths, plus music on two stages, a children’s area, and concession booths.