Marie-Lynn Hammond has been called one of Canada’s best songwriters by no less than Estelle Klein, a co-founder of the Mariposa Folk Festival, and Gary Cristall, founder of the Vancouver Folk Music Festival.
Co-founder of Stringband, the seminal Canadian folk group and indie-record pioneer, Hammond’s known for her unique voice, her dynamic stage presence, and her brilliant songs, which range from wickedly funny to hauntingly personal—in both official languages.
While she was recording Pegasus, her fifth album, Hammond lost one of her sisters to cancer, and after the album’s release in early 2003 she withdrew from the music scene for several years. Just as she was about to start performing once more, a major accident left her with a visual disability, forcing her once again to regroup.
But Hammond is back performing and writing at the top of her form again, with not one, but two new CDs launching in 2013: HoofBeats, a collection of original songs about horses, and Creatures, 12 new songs about humans, animals, the environment, and their complex interrelationships.
“A wonderful Canadian singer whose work should be much better known in the U.S. Her voice and style stand out prominently. The songs she writes are well-crafted, and she also has a sense of humor!”
“Marvellous voice…some of the finest Canadian songwriting of the past decade. She continues to be one of this country’s most valuable and distinctive artists.”
—Gary Cristall, Founder, Vancouver Folk Music Festival