- Sad News
It saddens us greatly to announce the passing of The Man of A Thousand Songs.
1950 – 2015
Thank you for your support and care,
Charles McPhail & Graham Lindsey
RIP Ron Hynes. My musical hero. The greatest songwriter I ever met.
Ron Hynes was our poet. He wrote songs that told the story of who Newfoundlanders were, are, and becoming. This is such a loss. RIP.
It would be a kind comfort – if some kind soul – would carry this cross for a while.. Ron Hynes … See ya on the other side brother.
Ron Hynes has left us. Godspeed to Cryers Paradise. The lights went out downtown. St. John’s is dark tonight and so it should be.
Wow. Very saddened to hear the of Ron Hynes’ passing. An absolute legend …a huge loss.
2010 – Played four shows at Vancouver 2010 Olympics including medal ceremony at BC Place (Feb. 26). Finished shooting feature length Ron Hynes film w/ Picture Plant Productions for future broadcast at festivals, tv, etc. Ron’s song “No Change In Me” placed in season finale of Republic of Doyle CBC TV series.
2009 – Toured with Sylvia Tyson & Gretchen Peters. Performed at the launch week for Vancouver Cultural Olympiad. Hosted ECMA Songwriter Circle and guest performer on ECMA Awards Gala/CBC TV broadcast. Co-wrote “Salesman” with Steven Bowers for Steven’s CD “Homing”. Played Kerrville Folk Festival, Newfoundland Folk Festival, New Glasgow Jubilee, Writers At Woody Point. Keynote Speaker for COCA Conference. Toured w/ Murray McLauchlan. Performed w/ NL Symphony. Reunion tour and double DVD release w/ Wonderful Grand Band. Shot hour long Ron Hynes SOLO television special w/ Picture Plant Productions for future broadcast on CBC TV. Began shooting feature-length Ron Hynes film w/ Picture Plant Productions.
2008 – Nominated 2008 ECMA “Entertainer of the Year.” Performed “Hard Workin’ Hands” (duet, co-write) w/Dave Gunning on national CBC TV special “Barenaked East Coast Music”. Co-wrote “I Can’t Stop Laughing” w/ The Trews for their No Time For Later CD. Co-write/duet “Decisions” with Ian Foster for Ian’s Room In A City CD. Co-wrote “Salesman” w/ Steven Bowers for Steven’s new Homing CD. Wrote/performed “Smooth Sailing” for nationally broadcast docufilm “Tarsands”. Featured interview/ live performance of “Godspeed” for docufilm series “Grave Concerns – Gene MacLellan”. Guest vocalist on JP Cormier’s “Great Harbour Deep” for JP’s “The Messenger” CD. Performed Parliament Hill for Canada Day events incl. NCC Songwriter Circle (w/ Murray McLauchlan, Garnet Rogers) and main stage national TV broadcast w/ Joel Plaskett, Blue Rodeo, DRUM!, Kevin Parent and more. Headliner at Capitol Theatre, PEI’s Festival of Small Halls, Stan Rogers Folk Festival, Acoustic Maritime Music Festival, Music on Main, Gander 50th Anniversary Concert (w/Great Big Sea), Figgy Duff Tribute/Reunion and Writers at Woody Point. Received the 2008 SOCAN National Achievement Award.
2007 – Nominated for SOCAN Songwriter of the Year, Recording of the Year, Entertainer of the Year and won the 2007 East Coast Music Award for “Male Solo Recording Of The Year”. Hosted 2007 ECMA Songwriter Circle (national CBC radio broadcast). Performed his song “Dry”on national CBC TV / ECMA Gala Awards “live” from Halifax Metro Centre. Toured Ireland with “The March Hare” festival. Joined The Trews’ Colin & John-Angus MacDonald for national CBC radio show “Fuse”. Headliner at Loyalist City Folk Festival, Privateer Days Festival, Stan Rogers Folk Festival, Miramichi Folksong Festival, Filberg Festival, Lunenburg Folk Festival, Celtic Colours Festival, Fredericton Playhouse Theatre. Wrote & performed narrative for song on Grady (aka Gordie Johnson)”A Cup of Cold Poison” CD. “Sonny’s Dream” covered by classical soprano Hayley Westenra for her “Celtic Treasures” CD (worldwide release). Co-wrote and recorded duet “Hard Workin’ Hands” with Dave Gunning for Gunning’s CD “House For Sale”. Feature performance and music included in docufilm “To Dublin With Love.” Feature performance and music in TV series “Shaye”. Album “Face To the Gale” named in the “Top 100 Canadian Albums” (book by Bob Mersereau). Performed/recorded concert w/ Atlantic String Quartet and Jeff Johnston Trio for national CBC radio special “Canada Live”.
Ron Hynes was nominated for “Best Singer – Contemporary” and “Best Songwriter” for the 2006 Canadian Folk Music Awards.
At the 2006 MusicNL awards, Ron Hynes won three awards: Entertainer Of The Year, Songwriter Of The Year, and Folk/Roots Artist Of The Year.
Ron Hynes has been named recipient of the 2006 Lifetime Achievement Award from the St. John’s Folk Arts Council
Link to St. John’s Arts Council Press Release
Ron Hynes CD Release Concert
Singer-songwriter Ron Hynes will celebrate the release of his new self-titled CD with a performance at Hugh’s Room, on Sunday, March 19 at 8:30pm. Ron will be joined on stage by a stellar line up musicians including Denis Pendrith (bass),
|Ron Hynes is a stirring collection of fourteen soul-baring songs, born of his own life experience. This latest work from the oft described “songwriting master”, features eleven brand new compositions along with a fresh take on three fan favorites. The album was recorded and produced by Paul Mills at The Millstream in Toronto and includes four new “live” tracks recorded at the LSPU Hall in St. John’s, Newfoundland.The self-titled Ron Hynes CD marks his seventh solo album in a songwriting/performing career that spans more than thirty years and is his second release on the Borealis Records label. Ron Hynes was produced and arranged by Paul Mills, (who also produced Ron\rquote s multi award-winning Get Back Change in 2003. Some of the finest musicians in the country were brought together for this new project including Dennis Pendrith (acoustic bass), Curly Boy Stubbs aka Paul Mills (second guitar), Keith Glass (electric guitar), Burke Carroll (pedal steel), Al Cross (drums, percussion), Tom Leighton (piano), Don Reed (fiddle), Anne Lindsay (fiddle) and Wendy Solomon (cello). Harmony vocals are beautifully handled by Neil Donell, Emilie Barlow and Rique Franks with a guest appearance by Cindy Church.Ron Hynes is a five-time ECMA winner, a five-time Peoples’ Choice winner, a Genie Award winner and a past Juno and CCMA nominee. He holds an Honorary Doctorate from Memorial University, was recipient of the Arts Achievement Award from the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council in 2004, and has garnered numerous awards from MusicNL. Best known for his folk classic Sonny’s Dream, Ron’s songs have been covered by dozens of artists around the world including Emmy Lou Harris, Christy Moore, Mary Black, Denny Doherty, Valdy, Terry Kelly, Shaye, The Cottars and many more.
What people are saying about the new Ron Hynes CD
“Ron Hynes is one of our greatest storytellers. He just happens to have been born with a beautiful voice. Every song is a novel. How can it be Ron Hynes just gets better? Just listen”. – Shelagh Rogers, hos t of Sounds Like Canada, CBC Radio
“I’ve been listening to the new Ron Hynes CD. I’m blown away by the virtuosity of Ron’s voice, the diverse emotions that each of the songs evoked and have such respect for the man who produced such a gem. All I can say to Ron Hynes is BRAVO!” – Lynn Foster, Director Member Relations SOCAN
“Yet another collection of incredible songs from the master”. – Paul Kennedy, Seaside FM
Who: Ron Hynes
Songs Of Ron Hynes – Volume 1
26 Songs arranged for Vocal and Guitar (72 pages,spiral bound)
Includes: Sonny’s Dream, St. John’s Waltz, Godspeed, Atlantic Blue…and more.
$30.00 (tax and shipping included)
Ron Hynes celebrated the launch of his first songbook – Songs of Ron Hynes – Volume 1 – with an in store book signing on Thursday, December 15, 2005 at 7:00pm at Chapters Books in his hometown of St. John’s, Newfoundland.
Songs Of Ron Hynes – Volume 1, published by Vinland Music, features twenty-six Ron Hynes songs including Atlantic Blue, St. John’s Waltz, Leaving On The Evening Tide, Godspeed and his most well known work – Sonny’s Dream. The songbook also contains historical notes on each song by the author. All songs are arranged for vocal and guitar.
Singer songwriter Ron Hynes has written hundreds of songs during a career that spans more than thirty years, with six full-length solo albums and numerous collaborative recordings to his credit. His current CD Get Back Change (Borealis/Koch) earned the 2004 East Coast Music Award for Country Recording of The Year and Album Of The Year. Ron Hynes is a five-time East Coast Music Award winner, a Genie Award winner, a past JUNO and CCMA nominee, recipient of the prestigious Arts Achievement Award from the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council, many awards from MusicNL and holds an Honorary Doctorate from Memorial University for his songwriting and contribution to the culture of his beloved home province of Newfoundland. His songs have been covered worldwide by artists such as Emmylou Harris, Christy Moore, Mary Black, Murray McLauchlan, Denny Doherty, Terry Kelly, Prairie Oyster, Susan Aglukark, The Good Brothers, The Ennis Sisters, John McDermott, Shaye and more.
Sonny’s Dream Limited Edition Print is Now Available
March 2005 – “SONNY’S DREAM” made the list for the Top 50 Tracks in Canada
Please visit: http://www.cbc.ca/50tracks/ and Damnhait Doyle’s 55 second pitch for the song is right on (realplayer file)
February 8, 2005
Ron Hynes sang “I’se the B’y” for its induction into the SAC Hall of Fame at the awards dinner which was held in Toronto.
For Immediate Release – April 25, 2004
Ron Hynes receives Arts Achievement Award from Newfoundland & Labrador Arts Council.
For Immediate Release – February 16, 2004
Ron Hynes was a big winner at this year’s ECMA’s which were held in St. John’s from Feb. 12 -15. Ron won for Factor Album Of The Year and Country Recording Of The Year, for his May 2003 release Get Back Change on the Borealis label. Ron was also the host for the much coveted Songwriters Circle at the ECMA’s which was broadcast nationally on CBC Radio.
For Immediate Release – January 9, 2004
East Coast Music Award Nominee Ron Hynes Heading West On Nine Stop Solo Tour
Newfoundland born singer songwriter Ron Hynes is heading west next week, touring in support of his latest CD Get Back Change (Borealis/Festival). Hynes will make stops in Yellowknife (Jan.15&16), Edmonton (Jan.17), Athabasca (Jan.18), Calgary (Jan.20 & 21), Vancouver (Jan.22), Duncan (Jan. 23), Gabriola Island (Jan.24), Victoria (Jan. 25) and Salt Spring Island (Jan.26), before hopping a plane back to St. John’s Newfoundland for the Feb. 12- 15, East Coast Music Awards.
Nominated for two ECMA’s – Factor Album Of The Year and Country Recording Of The Year, for his May 2003 release Get Back Change, and boasting a songwriting career that spans more than three decades, Ron Hynes has also been selected to perform in the much coveted Songwriters Circle at the ECMA’s.
Ron Hynes Get Back Change, on the Borealis label, was piloted by veteran producer Paul Mills (Stan Rogers, Tanglefoot), features guest appearances from Sylvia Tyson, Cindy Church and Jenny Whiteley, and contains 14 new Hynes songs.
In November of this year, Hynes picked up awards for Male Artist Of The Year, Country Artist Of The Year and SOCAN Song Of The Year (for the title track}from the Music Industry Association of Newfoundland and Labrador. Ron Hynes is also a five-time Peoples Choice winner, a three-time East Coast Music Award winner and a past Juno and CCMA nominee.
Best known for his original compositions, Sonny’s Dream, Godspeed, Atlantic Blue and Man Of a Thousand Songs, Ron Hynes’ songs have been covered worldwide by many artists, including Denny Doherty, Valdy, Terry Kelly, Prairie Oyster, The Irish Descendants, Susan Aglukark, The Good Brothers, The Ennis Sisters, John McDermott, Murray McLauchlan, Mary Black, Christy Moore, Emmylou Harris, and most recently by EMI recording artists Shaye (Kim Stockwood, Damhnait Doyle & Tara MacLean), who have included a cover of Hyne’s song Godspeed,on their current Bridge CD.
Affectionately known as the “Godfather” of Newfoundland songwriters, Ron Hynes western tour will provide fans with an intimate solo performance of songs from Get Back Change, along with tunes from his well known previous releases Cryers Paradise (EMI), Face To The Gale (EMI), Standing In Line In The Rain, and more.
For Immediate Release – November 19, 2003
CBC’s Atlantic Airwaves to air One Hour Special on Ron Hynes – December 13, 2003
Atlantic Airwaves hosted by Stan Carew and heard at 5:05 pm (AST) on CBC Radio One will devote an entire program to Ron Hynes … the man and his music. Ron is a five-time Peoples Choice winner, a three-time East Coast Music award winner, a Juno and CCMA nominee and in 1992 was awarded the Newfoundland/Labrador Arts Council artist of the year award. Recent awards include the 1997 MIA awards for Song of the Year (Godspeed) and Male Artist. Ron Hynes’ songs have been covered worldwide by Valdy, Terry Kelly, Prairie Oyster, The Irish Descendants, Susan Aglukark, The Good Brothers, The Ennis Sisters, John McDermott, Murray McLauchlan, Mary Black, Christy Moore and Emmylou Harris. He recently received three awards from the Music Industry Association of Newfoundland and Labrador, at the awards show where he also performed on Sunday night (Nov.9), in Rocky Harbour, Newfoundland. Hynes was recognized as Male Artist of The Year, Country Artist Of The Year and won the much coveted SOCAN Song Of The Year award, for the title track from his latest cd, Get Back Change.
For Immediate Release – November 12, 2003
Ron Hynes Is Three For Three At Newfoundland’s 2003 MIANL AWARDS
Singer-songwriter Ron Hynes picked up three awards from the Music Industry Association of Newfoundland and Labrador, at the awards show where he also performed on Sunday night (Nov.9), in Rocky Harbour, Newfoundland. Hynes was recognized as Male Artist of The Year, Country Artist Of The Year and won the much coveted SOCAN Song Of The Year award, for the title track from his latest CD,Get Back Change.
Winner of multiple awards throughout his more than thirty years in the songwriting business, Ron Hynes is best known for his original composition, Sonny’s Dream. His songs have been covered worldwide by many artists, including Denny Doherty, Valdy, Terry Kelly, Prairie Oyster, The Irish Descendants, Susan Aglukark, The Good Brothers, The Ennis Sisters, John McDermott, Murray McLauchlan, Mary Black, Christy Moore, Emmylou Harris, and most recently by EMI recording artists Shaye (Kim Stockwood, Damhnait Doyle & Tara MacLean), who have included a cover of Ron Hyne’s song Godspeed, on their current Bridge CD.
Ron Hynes’, Get Back Change, released in May 2003 on the Borealis label, was produced by veteran producer Paul Mills (Stan Rogers, Tanglefoot). It contains 14 new songs and features guest appearances from Sylvia Tyson, Cindy Church and Jenny Whiteley. Get Back Change, being touted by critics and fans alike as Ron Hynes best work ever, is available in music stores across Canada (Festival Distribution) or from www.borealisrecords.com.