Cancer treatment keeps Hynes out of Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival
One of the favourite performers at this weekend’s annual Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival won’t be able to appear as planned, but his songs will still be heard on the main stage Friday night.
Newfoundland folk legend Ron Hynes was scheduled to appear at the long-running event this weekend, but has had to bow out as he prepares for treatment for a recent diagnosis of throat cancer.
In a show of support for the composer known as “The Man of a Thousand Songs,” Folk Harbour will present A Salute to the Music of Ron Hynes in the main stage tent Friday night, hosted by Dave Gunning and featuring performances by friends and fans like Catherine MacLellan, Garnet Rogers, Kevin Fox and Kim Stockwood.
“Our thoughts and best wishes are with Ron, his family and team,” said Lunenburg Folk Harbour Society president Marilyn Keddy in a news release announcing the cancellation.
“We know how much Ron wanted to play at Folk Harbour and he will be in our hearts and minds as he begins to recover. The Folk Harbour family sends our love.”
Hynes was diagnosed after some minor surgery and begins radiation and chemotherapy treatment next week. His performances have been cancelled for the remainder of the year, although he plans to make an appearance at a reunion of his former group the Wonderful Grand Band in St. John’s on Saturday night.
“The outpouring of well-wishes and positive thoughts and love from his friends, fans and presenters has been phenomenal. Everybody everywhere is just sending their best wishes,” manager Lynn Horne said from St. John’s on Thursday.
“His treatment period will be lengthy and rigorous, and at the end of that time we will reassess, and hopefully where we go from there is into recuperation and recovery.”
Besides Fox and Stockwood, other main stage performers at Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival Friday night include the Gaelic duo of Mary Jane Lamond and Wendy MacIsaac, Celtic ensemble the Outside Track and Dene singer-songwriter Leela Gilday.
The festival continues through Sunday night on stages throughout the historic South Shore town, with a full lineup of top Canadian folk talent as well as up-and-coming local performers. For more information visit www.folkharbour.com.