Singer-songwriter Ron Hynes will perform June 27 at the Tantramar Regional High School auditorium in Sackville. Submitted by Cal King
NEW GLASGOW - Ron Hynes is a busy man and has little time for silly questions.
Although the six-time East Coast Music Award winner wouldn’t answer whether the audience can expect to hear new or old classics at his show in New Glasgow on Friday, he was ready to talk about what it feels like to be back on stage after a tough battle with throat cancer.
“I rebuilt my career that I thought I lost. I rebuilt my voice that I thought I lost.”
Hynes started radiation treatment last summer and it took its toll. He had difficulty swallowing and slimmed down to a mere 107 pounds.
He never thought he’d be able to tour again. But he was declared cancer-free in December.
The Newfoundland folk singer has been touring since July and isn’t slowing down. Hynes will be making his way across the country, with a few stops in the United States, until November.
“Am I glad to be back? You’re damn right I am.”
His fans are glad to have him back too. He’s getting lots of standing ovations and selling out venues, Hynes says.
Over the past 30 years, he has played well-known tunes such as “Sonny’s Dream” everywhere from small towns to Nashville to the Vancouver 2010 Olympics.
He has also been honoured by Mackenzie and Marr Guitars with his own songwriter guitar, created with “The Man of a Thousand Songs” in mind.
“This is the only thing I know how to do and I do it better than anyone I know.”
Hynes’ show starts at 8 p.m. at The Celtic Circle. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door.