“Magical” is the word that most people use to describe Chatham born Sylvia Tyson. Few artists have created a music legacy that has achieved long-standing international success. Sylvia became one of the music world’s most recognizable and respected names in the early 2960’s as half of one of the biggest musical acts in the business
She then established a distinguished solo career, and is also known today as one of the Canadian vocal divas within the award winning group “Quartette”. Her four decades of writing classic songs and making music has made her an international star and a Canadian treasure. As one half of the Folk Country duo “Ian and Sylvia”, she recorded 13 albums and helped change what the world was listening to. The album most revered today “Great Speckled Bird” is now acknowledged as the beginning of a Country Rock sound that led to an evolution, still at the core of Country radio playlists.
Sylvia Tyson is a recipient of the Order of Canada. She treasures many awards and is a member to the June Awards Music Hall of Fame. In the mid 70’s, Sylvia went on to release many critically acclaimed solo albums and host award winning radio and television programs such as the Roots series “Touch The Earth”.
With three of Canada’s purest voices today, (Caitlin Hanford, Cindy Church and Gwen Swick), Sylvia performs as a member of “Quartette” and also continues with solo projects, including her much lauded one woman theatrical tour “River Road and Other Stories”.
Sylvia is credited in helping give Canada its classic “Folk” sound and has helped shape our incredible Canadian musical history. Fans throughout the world grew up with her beautiful image and her sweet voice. She is a testament to Canada’s cool, laid back, Country-Roots beginnings. Sylvia’s induction to the Canadian County Music Hall of Fame was in recognition of her outstanding achievements as an artist and her tremendous contribution to the music industry internationally.
Canterbury Folk Festival is thrilled to have Sylvia Tyson close our festival.