Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Celebrated cowboy sings stories of the West

Ian Tyson plays nexStage


By SABINA DANA PLASSE
Express Staff Writer

Ian Tyson will perform at the nexStage Theatre in Ketchum.

At 75-years-old, Ian Tyson returns to Ketchum to perform his special brand of cowboy lyrics and songs. Tyson will perform at the nexStage Theatre in Ketchum at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 4. Tickets are $40 and available at Sturtevants in Ketchum and the nexStage Theatre. Wood River Valley resident and celebrated musician and songwriter Bruce Innes will introduce Tyson.

Tyson is an acclaimed singer and songwriter who celebrates five decades of performing this year. Still touring the country with television specials as well as preparing to release a children's book based on his song "La Primera," Tyson keeps loyal fans with his classic cowboy songs such as "Four String Winds," "Someday Soon" and "Navajo Rug."

"He is a wonderful storyteller," Innes said. "He is a real cowboy who was a rodeo rider. Tyson performs with the 'two Gords' (two men both named Gordon), who sing in three-part harmony."

Tyson was part of the Canadian folk duo Ian and Sylvia, who performed in the early 1960s.

"His songs are a real catalog of the West," Innes said. "He still tours as well as manages his working ranch in Southern Alberta, which looks down over the foothills of the Rockies. He's quite popular and will be on his way back from the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko."

Tyson is considered a national treasure in Canada. He is known to play tight shows and is a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to his music and songwriting, which culminates in over 50 years of experience.

"He has a love of music and storytelling," Innes said. "He is a true musical historian of the West."




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