Fort Saskatchewan Shell Theature – 840 CFCW presents: The Gift: The Words & Music of Ian Tyson
After a half-century run that has produced one of the greatest canons of song produced in the folk and country worlds, it is only fitting that tribute be paid to the talents of Ian Tyson. From his signature tunes in his early recording days of the sixties with his partner Sylvia (Fricker) Tyson, to creating a legacy in the world of cowboy culture for the past 25 years, this remarkable figure continues to exhibit staying power that few of his peers have enjoyed. From Someday Soon, Summer Wages and Four Strong Winds to gems like Old Corals and Sagebrush, MC Horses, Alberta’s Child, Will James, The Gift, La Primera and Old Cheyenne, these songs reflect the codes of the characters that played major roles in the west. In short, Tyson’s work is truly awe-inspiring.
Fifteen years ago music journalist/broadcaster promoter Peter North and keyboardist singer-songwriter Stewart MacDougall (who has carved out an impressive career himself collaborating with k. d. lang and Tyson) decided it was time to pay homage to the man who has lived in the foothills of southern Alberta for almost 40 years. Since that time, The Gift, with a core band of Tyson sidemen and rotating cast that features various members of the Alberta roots music community and some very special guest, has played corporate shows, festivals, concerts and agricultural fairs for folk, roots, and country fans who have raved about the show.