As an 11 year old living in Ryley, Alberta, I would look out my window across the prairies, while listening to my Radio Shack Crystal Radio which I built from a kit, and dream of one day having a record or maybe my own radio show.
My parents bought me two presents for my 12th birthday: A Hohner classical guitar (which I still use in my Grade 2 classroom), and tickets to see Laura Vinson and Red Wing at the Holden Theatre (this would be about 1979). I was very excited by her performance, and after the show my mother and I spoke briefly with her. She was very encouraging, and I couldn’t wait to get home to practice my guitar. Alas, I tried to teach myself over the years and was not successful.
Then the guitar made the rounds through my brother, my mother and my sister, before returning to me around the time of my 25th birthday. My present to myself that year was guitar lessons. Over the years I have performed as a folk musician and children’s performer, first with covers and eventually writing enough original material to record a CD in my basement in 2003.
About 1-1/2 years ago I started recording public-domain audio books for librivox.org, which led to producing my current podcasts (on demand Internet audio shows). I am just amazed that now at 39, I have both the record and the radio show, and I recorded them in my own basement! I was thrilled to sit down with Laura Vinson at the Canturbury Folk Festival in Ingersoll to discuss her career and Songwriting. to record an upcoming episode of For the Sake of the Song.
Laura Vinson has been writing and performing songs in Alberta, and all over the world, for over 30 years. She first fronted the country band, Laura Vinson and Red Wing. For many years she has performed in a folk-world genre with Free Spirit.
Theme Music: For the Sake of the Song (©2003 S. McGaughey)
Borrowed Land (©2003 S. McGaughey)
Halfbreed ( © Laura Vinson)
We Were Always Here ( © Laura Vinson)
Laura Vinson home page
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