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Ron HynesRon Hynes
Album: Later That Same Life
Label: Self Released
Tracks: 11
Website: http://hynesite.org/

The man of a thousand songs, he was a hero to many, considered the greatest songwriter ever to emerge from Newfoundland, their poet, he wrote songs that told the story of who Newfoundlanders were. Widely regarded as one of Canada's premiere singer-songwriters with a career spanning over 30 years, Hynes' songs have become part of the fabric of Newfoundland culture.

In July 2012, it was announced that he had been diagnosed with throat cancer, he battled to the end and continued to tour and do what he knew best, write songs, a master at the art of lyricism.

The addictions and demons he had fought throughout his life had finally caught up with him, the residue of healing changed him, his voice and his range. Ron say's in the liner notes " The songs on this album are presented stark and raw on an acoustic guitar, a bass and a couple of slight touches , but they are presented as written ", with Ron's haunting and profound lyrics, although the voice is weakened the strength comes from his songs.

Stand out tracks are' Ship of dreams ' , commissioned for the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, written at a time when he was not feeling very well during his battle with cancer, ' Ivory Keys ' a song that he wrote for Karen and Maureen Ennis for their album ' The Fortunate ones ' 'and ' The Working Girl ' a tribute to Rita MacNeil,who often sang about the struggle of working people all shining examples of how he told a story and weaved his magical path, dropping you off at the end feeling completely fulfilled.

Recorded at Lindsay, Ontario, at Studio by the River, It's the first recording of new songs in over five years complete with a lyric book and a truly moving preface from him personally in the album's graphics, the man is gone but his music will live on forever, the last album of songwriting perfection from the man of a thousand songs.

Ron Hynes passed in St. John's on November 19, 2015 at the age of 64.

Stevie Connor