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Jim Bryson 

Last Sunday, the CBC Radio program Vinyl Cafe played Jim Bryson’s tune “Fire Watch” from his third album, Where the Bungalows Roam. The show’s host, Stuart McLean, also read the Ken Babstock poem (from his book Days into Flatspin) of the same name that spawned the song. Babstock and Bryson are good friends and that may well explain the crossover. “With Ken’s poem I morphed it, so much due to not having it always in front of me,” Bryson explains by email. “I worried if he would be OK with it and he was.” The singer-songwriter says he’d be “keen on using more sources for words. I think it is a rewarding way to create.” That takes 
confidence and awareness of one’s own voice, which Bryson demonstrates over his three albums. He’s regularly using inversions of meaning, humour and a sharper visual sense, which sets him apart in this country. (SF)


Songwriters’ circle w/Rose Cousins, Matthew de Zoete, Friday at FRED, 7pm, $7-$20
(all-venue pass). With Jenn Grant, Saturday at St. John’s United Church, 8pm, $15-$25
(all-venue pass).

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