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Ron Sexsmith - heading your way in April – remembers “life-changing” shows seen over the years

Ep. 502

Ron Sexsmith starts a UK tour at the end of April and talks about what he’s learnt about live performance, which includes:-


… “notes from girls” after winning the High School Variety Show.


… playing for drunks in his local bar when he was underage and being hidden when the police arrived.


 … Elton John at the Rich Stadium in Buffalo (and being a member of the Fan Club).


… his first performance, singing ‘Ben’ by Michael Jackson.


… the influential low-key stagecraft of Gordon Lightfoot and Leonard Cohen, “people who just stood there”.


… the rigours of long tours.


… being “on Cloud Nine for a year” after seeing the Who.


… and watching Cat Stevens from the best seat in the house.  


All details about Ron’s upcoming tour here …






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