Ken Tizzard remembers the Man of a Thousand Songs
Friday, June 3, 7:00 pm at The Barn
Having toured with Ron, singer/songwriter Ken Tizzard shares songs, stories and Ron-inspired originals in homage to the Man of a Thousand Songs.
$25 Adult $23 Senior $15 Student & Under 30 $5 Youth
In late 2015 the musical community lost one of it’s great contributors, Ron Hynes. Ken Tizzard had been friends hifor some time and during Ron’s last few years toured alongside Ron as his bass player.
“When I received the news of Ron’s passing I was pretty floored. The death of a close friend who had become such a huge part of my life as a mentor was a loss that I had never experienced before. Over Christmas, I spent a lot of time in my studio listening to the music of Ron Hynes. His songs soothed my sorrow. During this time I spoke with Brian Finley about doing another show at Westben Festival Arts Theatre in the spring. I suggested a Ron Hynes tribute of sorts and Brian loved the idea - and “Hynesight” was born.”
“Hynesight” is a two-person show featuring Ken Tizzard accompanied by Ken Grant on electric bass. This show is a tribute to a great friend and musician full of stories and music of Ron Hynes. The Westben performance will be recorded for release in Fall of 2016.
On Ron’s Songwriting:
His methods of capturing a story, the imagery in his lyrics paired with a well crafted guitar accompaniment that was specifically designed to support the song was something that I believe many songwriters spend lifetimes trying to achieve. Songs like “Sonny’s Dream”, “Ghost Of Dana Bradley”, St.John’s Waltz”, "No Change In Me”, “My Father’s Ghost” are only the tip of the iceberg for Ron Hynes' ability to capture the Newfoundland culture.
Working With Ron Hynes:
When Ron Hynes contacted me to come on tour with him, I was flattered and very excited. During that tour and the tours which followed, I was writing the material for “No Dark No Light.” Getting inside of Ron’s material, and as well performing with him, taught me so much about the craft of songwriting and performing. I had come from 20+ years of touring with rock bands where volume, lights and crowd energy were key to the show. Watching Ron walk on stage every night with just his guitar, songs and stories allowed me a rare glimpse behind the curtain of the singer/songwriter.
Ron’s comments to me on the songs I was working on, and his offside commentary on character/story development and structure of songs, leave me feeling blessed to have had time with such a master. Personally I would call him a mentor, but I am certain that Ron did not see it that way. He was just a buddy sharing some insights as we killed hours on the highways heading to more shows. Getting to know him as a friend in the last years of his life was a seriously entertaining and enriching time.
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