Folk legend plays Orleans

August 21, 2001 12:50 AM
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Singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot brings his folk rock repertoire to The Orleans, Friday through Sunday, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $39.95 to $59.95.

Since emerging from the Toronto folk club scene in the early ”˜60s, Lightfoot has recorded 19 albums. He has received five Grammy nominations and has won 17 Juno Awards in his native Canada.

In 1970, in recognition of his contributions in furthering Canadian culture, he received the prestigious Order of Canada Citation. He also was presented with the Governor General’s Award, the highest official Canadian honor, for his efforts in spreading Canadian culture.

Lightfoot first began singing n a church choir in Ontario. By the time he graduated high school he had taught himself to play guitar and had written his first song. Shortly thereafter he became a mainstay in the Toronto folk music scene.

In 1969, he recorded such enduring works as “If You Could Read My Mind,” “Don Quixote,” “Sundown,” “Summertime Dream” and “Shadows.” Besides his albums, Lightfoot has composed a catalog of classic hits for himself and others. Foremost among these include “Early Morning Rain,” “Cotton Jenny,” “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald,” “Alberta Bound,” and “Ribbon of Darkness.”