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Hammond makes stage a home again

Marie-Lynn Hammond and Tom Leighton, March 19, 2011

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Review by Greg McGillis

Marie-Lynn Hammond tells stories of ache and inspiration with songs of tribute and tribulation that evoke multiple levels of understanding even in a first listening. She is a natural and easy storyteller who draws her audience into her confidence. Her concert with Tom Leighton on March 19th at the Westboro Masonic Hall as part of the Spirit of Rasputin’s concert series seemed to shrink the small venue with its intimacy. Wit, humour and irony suffused the songs and the delivery, all performed with the light, bittersweet touch of a woman who has had to find her irony in the pain of a sometimes tragic life. She contrasted her deeply personal and touching songs with highlights of her humorous repertoire, the topics ranging from her beautiful horses to her personal roots in the Outaouais. Continue reading