Murray McLauchlan has been there all along in most of our lives. Come out to the Cowichan Peforming Arts Centre to find out why on Sunday, June 9, starting at 7:30 p.m. (Submitted)

Canadian music icon, Murray McLauchlan, returns to Cowichan this weekend

Murray McLauchlan is a Canadian music icon.

Murray McLauchlan is a Canadian music icon.

But, more than that, he’s one heck of a good guy.

I was distressed and finding it hard to concentrate after helping my colleague Robert Barron with his story about Charleigh Fales, the little girl from Lake Cowichan who is struggling under the burden of a terrible disease. Hearing about things like that can really get to me, and it’s not always easy to click into Highly Professional Interviewer mode.

But McLauchlan, 71, is one of the increasing number of high profile performers who walks the walk, using his name and fame to shine a light on the ways music can improve quality of life just where it’s needed most.

He’s a member of the Room 217 Foundation. Who are they? Let’s find out.

Their official website says they are “a music-based health arts organization and social enterprise. We provide an accessible approach to health and well-being called music care. Music care enables caregivers to humanize care through music. Since 2005, Room 217’s team of music educators, music therapists, music and health researchers, community musicians, and artists has been helping caregivers integrate music into their regular practice. At Room 217, we produce and deliver music care products, education and training; we collaborate in applied research; and we coach and consult with healthcare teams in music and care.

“Our impact is improving quality of life and the care experience.”

Wow, it seems Murray McLauchlan was probably the best person I could talk to at that precise moment.

The singer is part of my own personal history, too. When I was bombing around rural B.C. in a VW van back in the 1970s with my husband, we heard and quickly learned ‘The Farmer’s Song’ and sang it on a regular basis. It became a solid, road-trip favourite for us, as I suspect it did for many people of my generation. Whenever I even think about that song I’m back in the Fraser Canyon, stopping for the World’s Best Hamburgers at the Alexandra Lodge and then looking about for a likely campsite for the night.

He’s been part of the Canadian music scene since 1971 when his first album, Song from the Street, hit the airwaves and has steadily produced great music ever since. Songs like ‘Honky Red’, ‘On the Boulevard’, ‘Hard Rock Town’, ‘Little Dreamer’, Shoeshine Workin’ Songs’ and ‘Down by the Henry Moore’ are only examples of how firmly he is woven into the fabric of Canadian music.

McLauchlan is appearing at the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre on Sunday, June 9 starting at 7:30 p.m.

He’ll be accompanied by Victor Bageman, who plays standup bass, “beautifully orchestrally on occasion like when I do songs like Whispering Rain and he picks up a bow. The rest of the time he can hold down a pretty good groove when we’re doing stuff like ‘Down’ by the Henry Moore and he’s also a dab hand at more jazz oriented stuff, which is kind of in the vein of some of the newer songs I’m presenting in part of the show.”

He’s been traveling the world, visiting such places as Italy and Vietnam, adding to his musical arsenal with new techniques and ideas but “it’s still me, it’s still recognizably me but I think it’s a bit more advanced musically than anything I’ve tried before.

“The only thing I hope for and that I’d like to see is that people are slightly different when they walk out than when they walked in.”

Tickets for what is certain to be a great evening with an iconic Canadian singer/songwriter are $49.50 each. Get them at https://ctcentre.bc.ca/TheatreManager/1/login&performance=2534 or call the Cowichan Ticket Centre at 250-748-7529.

Just Posted

Teddy the dog trial continues Monday and Thursday

Anderson Joe is in court Nov. 18, Melissa Tooshley on Nov. 21

Alistair MacGregor column: Getting ready for a new term in Ottawa

Environmental justice will not be successful unless we also tackle economic and social justice.

Fisherman missing near Lake Cowichan’s Shaw Creek

Family is asking for everyone and anyone to keep their eyes open,… Continue reading

Northbound lanes re-open along Malahat after small rockslide near Goldstream

Drivers asked to use caution, clean-up crews have finished on-site

Drivesmart column: We’ll see you when you turn 80!

Sometimes I think that our system is designed to keep us in the driver’s seat.

Teen with cancer whose viral video urged Canadians to vote has died, uncle tweets

Maddison Yetman had been looking forward to voting in her first federal election since junior high school

Rowing Canada, UVic investigate celebrated coach for harassment, abuse

Lily Copeland says she felt intimidated and trapped by Williams

Cleanup in the works after tanker truck fire leads to oil spill in B.C.’s Peace region

The province said the majority of the spilled oil likely burned away in the fire.

BC VIEWS: Action needed on healthcare workplace violence

While we’ve been talking about it, the number of B.C. victims has only grown

Closing arguments begin in B.C. case launched in 2009 over private health care

Dr. Day said he illegally opened the Cambie Surgery Centre in 1996 in order to create more operating-room time

MacLean says “Coach’s Corner is no more” following Cherry’s dismissal from Hockey Night

Cherry had singled out new immigrants in for not honouring Canada’s veterans and fallen soldiers

MacKinnon powers Avs to 5-4 OT win over Canucks

Vancouver battled back late to pick up single point

Poole’s Land finale: Tofino’s legendary ‘hippie commune’ being dismantled

Series of land-use fines inspire owner Michael Poole to sell the roughly 20-acre property.

Port Alberni mom takes school district to court over Indigenous smudging, prayer in class

Candice Servatius, who is an evangelical Christian, is suing School District 70

Most Read