The Haliburton County Folk Society
An Evening with Corin Raymond
Bookworm and Paper Nickels
Friday February 7, 7:30pm
at the Northern Lights Performing Arts Pavilion.
“First of all, it was October, a rare month for boys. Not that all months aren’t rare. But there be bad and good as the pirates say.”
Corin Raymond opens and closes his one man show Bookworm with these words from the Prologue to Ray Bradbury’s novel ”Something Wicked this Way Comes”. In between, he weaves a tale of how he came to his love of literature, poetry and song.
It started with the 25 hour car rides with this father from Northern Ontario to Ottawa, where he heard Greek myths told to while away the hours. The journey continues through what it was like to grow up in a library of 15,000 books and takes us into the influences that shaped his passion for the written word.
One reviewer wrote “An ode to books and the people who love them, Raymond cleverly mixes everyday autobiography with an inherited love of what lies between the covers of his favourite books; and while there is a great surprise waiting in the final minutes of the show, it isn’t the crux of the show—Raymond’s own passion is…Bookworm is the kind of show you want to share with everyone you know.”
Another wrote: “What’s astounding, then, is that a large chunk of the show is simply him describe the plots of all the stories from all the books, comics, myths and Twilight Zone episodes that have served to inspire him. But from these descriptions he spins totally original tales about the personal connections he drew and still draws from them.
“Bookworm also manages to convey the cross-generational influences and complex relationship between a father and son. It’s well-paced, well-performed and will have you heading to the first bookstore as you leave the theatre while calling your dad to say hey.”
This one-man show has been acclaimed at fringe festivals in Edmonton, Victoria and Vancouver.
After the intermission, Corin will return to perform songs from his latest CD, Paper Nickels, which was recorded live in Toronto with his band The Sundowners.
He has gained some notoriety for this project. The production of this album was funded entirely by Canadian Tire money. He raised $7,333 in what Corin calls the Great Canadian Tire Caper of 2012. If you want to know more about how the Caper unfolded go here.
Not only known as a great songwriter, Corin is also a exuberant promoter of the best of his fellow songwriters. Paper Nickels is an homage to contemporary Canadian singer songwriters. Contained within the double CD/144 page book are the lyrics and chords for Corin’s songs and those of 16 other singer songwriters. Corin calls it the world’s first coffee table CD.
Paper Nickels was nominated in the Ensemble of the Year category at the 2013 Canadian Folk Music Awards.
Corin will be joined for this portion of the show by the Sundowners. David Baxter on vocals, guitar and mandolin, Treasa Levasseur, vocals and keyboards, and Brian Kobayakawa on bass.
David is one of Toronto’s go-to guitar players as well as an accomplished producer and studio musician.Treasa also has a solo career and has been multi nominated for Maple Blues awards. Her album Low Fidelity was nominated for a Juno. Brian has been in Haliburton as a member of the award winning Creaking Tree String Quartet. He has been touring recently with Serena Ryder. Currently. he is on tour out East with Old Man Luedecke and will be flying in from Moncton to do the Haliburton show with Corin.Corin Raymond first came to Haliburton in 2007 with Sean Cotton as the duo known as The Undesirables. More recently, he returned to introduce us to the fine American singer/songwriter Jonathan Byrd.
The Bookworm/Paper Nickels concert is Friday, February 7 at the Northern Lights Pavilion. Tickets are available at the Photoshop in Haliburton, The Organic Times in Minden.
Tickets can be purchased online at madeinhaliburton.ca. There you will also find videos of Corin and the Sundowners.
More information is available at haliburtonfolk.com
Listen to an interview with Corin talking about Bookworm and Paper Nickels here.