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Gordon Lightfoot to perform October 3 at the Capitol Center for the Arts

Concord, NH- Gordon Lightfoot to perform at the Capitol Center for the Arts, Sunday, October 3rd at 7:30.

With such hits as "If You Could Read My Mind," "Sundown," and "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald," few singer/songwriters have given as much quality material to the medium as Canadian-born troubadour Gordon Lightfoot. A five time Grammy nominee and seventeen time Juno winner, Gordon Lightfoot is also a member of the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame. His songs have been recorded by everyone from Elvis Presley to Barbara Streisand to Bob Dylan. Don’t miss this legend live in concert!

"Gordon Lightfoot, everytime I hear a song of his, it's like I wish it would last forever." - Bob Dylan

‘Total Blackness’ is what it felt like for Gordon Lightfoot when, while on stage performing in his home town of Orillia for his 2002 Tour, he collapsed suddenly as the result of a burst abdominal artery. His fall tour was cancelled as a result and for what Lightfoot describes as his ‘mechanical failure’. It seems fate was at work, and not to just bring challenges but intuition as well when only a few months earlier Lightfoot recorded to multi-track several new songs using only his voice and his guitar.

Ensuring that the new tracks came to fruition, he worked from his hospital bed where he was recovering to ensure his latest offering “Harmony” would be everything he wanted it to be. Together with his bassist, Rick Haynes and engineer Bob Doidge he oversaw the recording sessions, rhythms and tempos. Lightfoot says of the process that helped to heal and inspire him:

‘It was good being preoccupied in a very constructive way with a project in the works; one which would carry itself forward’.

The process both guided his remarkable recovery and stirred humorous injections from Lightfoot who joked to his nurses that he would call the album “Soiled Linen” after the laundry hamper that sat outside of his room.

There has been a resurgence of awareness in Gordon following the heartbreaking cover of one of Lightfoot’s all-time classics “If You Could Read My Mind” by late and much beloved Johnny Cash’s final offering American V. Edna Gundersen of USA Today said of Cash’s heartfelt rendition of the Lightfoot classic:

‘His frail vocals bring a profound sadness to Gordon Lightfoot's If You Could Read My Mind. It's one of 60 tracks the pair recorded before Cash died Sept. 12, 2003’.

Cash was a longtime admirer of Lightfoot’s work and exemplified that to the media with both his work and in his own words:

‘Canadian Railroad Trilogy is an extremely fine piece of songwriting.’ - Johnny Cash

Since emerging from the Toronto folk club scene in the early ‘60s, Gordon Lightfoot has recorded 19 albums (14 for Warner Bros. or Reprise Records). He has had five Grammy nominations and has won 17 Juno Awards in his native Canada. In 1970, in recognition of his contributions in furthering Canadian culture, he received the prestigious Order of Canada citation; in November 1997 he was presented the Governor General’s Award—the highest official Canadian honor, which is conferred on very few (Joni Mitchell is another) for their international efforts in spreading Canadian culture. Gordon was also honored as a charter member of Canada’s Walk of Fame and most recently was elevated to the "companion" of the Order of Canada (highest level. Gordon is, of course, in The Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame.

"Lightfoot's voice is such a part of the fabric of Canada, I know it almost as well as I know my own voice." - David Foster

But besides his albums, Lightfoot has composed a catalog of classic hits—for himself and varied others. The list of artists who have recorded Lightfoot’s songs include Bob Dylan, Elvis Presley, Sarah McLachlan, Barbra Streisand, Peter Paul & Mary, Harry Belafonte, Jane’s Addiction, Ian & Sylvia, Richie Havens, Glen Campbell, Anne Murray and Nana Mouskouri. Long time friend and devotee Ron Sexsmith puts it in his own words:

"Gordon Lightfoot looms pretty large in my life as a writer and an artist in general. I never travel anywhere without at least two of his records with me."

This next step in his legendary journey is filled with hope and enthusiasm for what Lightfoot likes doing best, sharing his music and performing for his fans.

Tickets for Gordon Lightfoot at the Capitol Center for the Arts, Sunday, October 3rd at 7:3o are $58.00, $48.00, $38.00 at The Capitol Center Box Office. To charge by phone call 603.225.1111

For more information: Jim Neill Marketing Director Iron Horse Entertainment Group (IHEG) 78 Main St. # 514 Northampton MA 01060 413-586-2632 x 104 Fax 413-586-1162

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