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  Marie-Lynn Hammond
Marie-Lynn Hammond For a while, it appeared that Marie-Lynn Hammond had disappeared from the music scene. Indeed, she had happily retired from the quaint Canadian habit of driving to gigs through weather that would have stopped the Russian army when her music was discovered by a Los Angeles-area folk fan, Richard Hess.

In 1999 he founded Vignettes Media to release Marie-Lynn’s out-of-print album Vignettes. Since then, Vignettes Media has gone on to re-release all five of Marie-Lynn’s solo albums on three CDs, and Marie-Lynn has put the snow tires back on her car. A new CD, Pegasus, is planned for Fall 2002.

In 2001, Marie-Lynn celebrated her 30th year in music. In 1971, she and Bob Bossin founded the seminal (and irreverent!) Canadian folk group, Stringband. From Tuktoyaktuk to Thunder Bay and from Salmon Arm to Lunenberg, Stringband criss-crossed Canada, with adventuresome forays into Japan, Mexico, France, Great Britain, the former Soviet Union, and the United States. This anniversary was marked by two Stringband reunion shows on Stuart McLean’s CBC radio show, The Vinyl Café.

In 1978, Marie-Lynn embarked on a parallel solo career, including appearances at every major folk festival in Canada. In the early ’80s her songs about her family grew into a play, Beautiful Deeds/De beaux gestes, that has received several productions and critical acclaim. She has written or co-written four more plays and a screenplay (all produced), and has hosted two national radio shows for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

Half English, three-eighths French, and one-eighth Aboriginal (Abenaki), Marie-Lynn embodies the amalgam that is Canada, and she writes and sounds like no one else. As a songwriter, her range, in both official languages, is astonishing; her art touches your heart, your mind, and your funnybone. From the anthem-like “La tête anglaise, le coeur français” and “Elsie,” a poignant ballad about her grandmother, to the satirical wit of “Not Another Benefit” or “Leave Room for the Holy Ghost,” she isn’t afraid to be personal–or provocative. Her body of work–the songs, the plays, and more than fifty articles and radio essays–all provide fascinating vignettes of Canadian life as seen through her sharp yet compassionate eyes.

These days, Marie-Lynn Hammond earns her living primarily as a writer and editor in Toronto, Canada, where she lives with her snow shovel and way too many cats.

   
 
Marie-lynn Hammond / Vignettes
CD $16.97 catalog# 7881u
Marie-lynn Hammond / Vignettes
Houdini and You and Me
Black Cat, Stephen, and the Popcorn Man
Black And White...and Shades Of Grey
CD $14.99 catalog# 7883u cd-r
Black And White...and Shades Of Grey
Mothers Teach Your Sons
Nobody Know What's Happening To Love
Impromp2
CD $14.99 catalog# vm7881-2
Impromp2
Canadian Love
Two Wheel Tango
   
 


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