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Ferron

In listening to Ferron's music, audiences are allowed to acknowledge the passage of time, people, memories, and hopes through her poetic metaphors. Her familiar vernacular, direct statements, enlightened associations, warm and husky voice, and engaging stage presence have permitted identification with her experiences and her process, her struggles and her wisdom, her universal anguish and strength. For a time beginning in 1986, however, many of her followers began to wonder about and mourn her momentary absence from recording and touring. Born on June 2, 1952, Ferron grew up in a semi-rural suburb of Vancouver, British Columbia, the eldest of seven children in a working-class family. After leaving home at 15, she scrambled financially, supporting herself by driving a cab, waitressing, shoveling gravel, and packing five-pound bags of coffee in a factory.

From her basement, she recorded and distributed Ferron (1977) and Ferron Backed Up (1978). Since both albums are now out of print collector's items, Ferron decided to re-release much of their material on subsequent albums. In 1978, Ferron was "discovered" by Gayle Scott, an American living and working in film production in Vancouver, who became Ferron's manager and business partner. Ferron and Scott collaborated on Ferron's next two studio albums: Testimony (Lucy Records, 1980) and Shadows on a Dime (Lucy Records, 1984), on which Ferron continued to convey her polished messages of raw truths through sharply lyrical, soothingly melodic music dealing with the cyclical nature of relationships, questions of survival and identity, and optimism amid fear. Despite a small budget dependent on loans and contributions in the absence of organized promotion, Shadows on a Dime received a four-star rating from Rolling Stone magazine.

In October of 1985, Ferron received a Canadian Council Arts Grant, enabling her to take a much-needed year off, ostensibly to write and take voice lessons but also to recover a long-neglected personal life. Recognizing that she would need more time than a year to fully heal from the hardships of the road and the vagaries of the business, Ferron remained withdrawn from the spotlight. After the grant money ran out, she earned a living by laboring as a carpenter's assistant and a bartender, and by doing day care.

Having reconnected with her physical and spiritual roots and reaffirmed and redefined her own needs, Ferron returned to the studio and the stage, having come to a remarkable new peace and with a fresh body of work: Phantom Center (Chameleon, 1990), Resting with the Question (1992), Not a Still Life (1992), and Driver (1993). Ferron signed to Warner Bros. Records, which reissued Driver and a remixed version of Phantom Center, and then released her ninth album, Still Riot (1996). This major-label association proved short-lived, however. Ferron next released an album of cover songs, Inside Out: The IMA Sessions, under the auspices of The Institute for the Musical Arts in 1999. Turning into Beautiful, her next album of original material, appeared in 2005 on her own Cherrywood Station label, followed by Boulder, a collection of re-recordings, in 2008. ~ Laura Post, Rovi
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deenaveronic a
I first heard and saw Ferron at my first Women`s Festival in Bloomington, IN. I
in a very bad time in my life and her lyrics found their way right into my soul. She opened me up to life again. I will never forget how she saved me
sarah_ewing
Ferron is an amazing poet who has moved me and so many others for decades. I agree--she should be as known as Dylan, but she remains true to her spirit and that alone is priceless. Thank you, Ferron.
elliott_patr i c i a
ferron is fantastic live also
dancingal53
I just saw Ferron for the first time at the Kate Wolf Music fest in CA. and was not the only one moved to tears. She has a way of touching ones heart with her lyrics and ears with her deep, raspy, almost haunting voice. I want to be in her presence as much as I can for the rest of my life even if it's just listening to her music. She had just come from the hospital with a heart thing, so I hope we have many more years and opportunitie s to see her and hear her live.
She always moves me! Tears, grins, nodding nostalgia. She is a one-er,
for sure. I'll go buy her new album. Rose Pry, las vegas and Spinsters Ink.
A very passionate singer/songw r i t e r . I feel blessed to have heard her
Even today Ferron rocks!
marylouboh
beautiful. funny. real. nothing or no one is better.
tanya953
Nobody else compares to Ferron...She is a woman, an out lesbian and recorded and promoted her own albums...Tha t ' s why she is not as famous as she deserves to be....If she were a man, she would be Dylan....By the way, I recommend the hour long special with Ferron on Art of the Song radio...grea t songs and hear her talking about her life and creative process..
The first song I ever heard was Testamony. I could not believe that I had never heard of her before. The empowerment she gives to women is amazing. She remains the undisputed poet of us boomers. The fact that she puts her collected words to her own music makes it all the sweeter. Why is she not as famous as Dylan? Anyone who finds her will realize the importance of her contribution s .
Ferron is one of a kind. She has a way of expressing her spiritual and emotional intelligence in the most beautiful way. I really don't know why more people don't know about her. Her music continues to be fresh and inspiring for me - thank you Ferron.
Ferron Rocks!!! Rock on GF!!
love her. i think she's a terrific poet
Soulful,raw, n o pretenses,no excuses. Love her.
We need more Ferron on here! I want to hear Ain't Life a Brook. <3
Shadows on a dime was the first collection i bought long ago and far away. musical and lyrical perfection. one of my fondest memories is getting high under shooting stars somewhere near lost near Hart, Michigan at Ferron's live performances at the annual women's music festival. Great time had by all. Thank's Ferron.
She is incredible!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Wish I was going to Michigan Womyn's Festival...I shall be there in spirit, Saving for next year
I've seen Ferron many times....not h i n g like the live sound!
She is a Michigan Womyn's Festival this August...wor t h the trip for her alone!
sofia_lillia n
She's also a dyke. Don't forget that.
This is one of the greatest artists of all time!!!!!!!

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