Various Artists – Sonny Don’t Go Away: A Tribute to Ron Hynes (2023)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 01:16:12 minutes | 834 MB | Genre: Folk, Folk Rock, Singer-Songwriter
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The biggest music acts in Newfoundland and Labrador music are set to release a new tribute album for the late Ron Hynes, the singer-songer often dubbed “the man of a thousand songs.” Sonny Don’t Go Away: A Tribute to Ron Hynes features 20 of Hynes’s best-known songs, and the list of cover artists rounds up many of the best-known performers in the province, including Alan Doyle, Kellie Loder, the Once, Shanneyganock and Amelia Curran, to name a few.
Doyle co-produced the album with collaborator Cory Tetford as way to acknowledge the legacy of Hynes, who died at 64 in 2015 after a battle with cancer.
“As soon as Ron passed, I feel like a dozen or more of us around the St. John’s and the neighbouring music scene thought instantly about paying tribute to Ron in some fashion,” Doyle told CBC News.
“Then of course, the pandemic hit and all of a sudden, everyone was available and it was probably doable.”
Doyle’s manager, Louis Thomas, brought the project to the label he runs, Sonic Entertainment.
“We thought it was a perfect time to try and get a bunch of people together to honour Ron’s legacy and catalog,” Doyle said.
Doyle and team rented a small house in the Battery neighbourhood of St. John’s — overlooking the very harbour Hynes immortalized in St. John’s Waltz, which Doyle himself covers with the Dardanelles, the folk band fronted by Q host Tom Power — to record some of the smaller
01. Tim Baker – Leaving on the Evening Tide (04:04)
02. Amelia Curran – Dark River (04:47)
03. Quote the Raven – Godspeed (Requiem for Gene MacLellan) (03:00)
04. Alan Doyle – St. John’s Waltz (04:04)
05. The Once – Atlantic Blue (04:39)
06. Jodee Richardson – Cryer’s Paradise (03:47)
07. Mallory Johnson – River of No Return (04:02)
08. Joel Thomas Hynes – Last Chance Avenue (03:41)
09. The Ennis Sisters – Lonely Song (03:15)
10. Matthew Byrne – 1962 (03:45)
11. Barry Canning – Where Do You Get Off (04:26)
12. Cory Tetford – Shine Like Diamonds (03:59)
13. Glenn Simmons – Picture of Dorian Grey (03:17)
14. Yvette Lorraine – Where Does Love Go Wrong (03:24)
15. Rum Ragged – House (03:03)
16. Shanneyganock – If I Left You Alone With My Heart (03:05)
17. Fortunate Ones – No Change in Me (04:22)
18. Silver Wolf Band – Dry (04:01)
19. Mick Davis – Get Back Change (03:18)
20. Kellie Loder – Sonny’s Dream (04:05)