Gordon Lightfoot appeared at the Timken Centre in St. Thomas on Sunday evening (June 24), and fans were given the chance to hear a Canadian legend and to test out the Centre as a large-scale music venue. Most in attendance would probably rate both performance and venue highly.
Though one could be only happy to be hear such an admired music icon in person, the first three songs did seem perhaps disappointingly tentative. The rich baritone voice was sometimes overshadowed with definite shakiness. However, as Lightfoot moved along in the set-list, he may have warmed up a little or perhaps the crowd settled into an appreciative comfort zone. This was maybe not the same voice of old, but what a wealth of incredible poetry, storytelling and music to match those lyrics.
Almost every song of the substantial playlist was greeted by immediate enthusiastic applause. Other artists have sung many of Lightfoot’s songs, but the music truly belongs to him and, happily, to us. What a treat to hear him deliver it in person.