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Norm Hacking www.normhacking.com
For more than 30 years, Toronto-based determinedly-indie songwriter Norm Hacking has been winning loyal fans and critical acclaim for his beautifully crafted songs, with their moving and often humorous insights into life, love, songwriting - and cats!
For a long version, see the Bio Page, which summarizes his musical, open stage hosting, journalism, theatre and other experiences. See also the more promotional summary (including festivals played, etc.).
IN PERFORMANCE: Norm performs beautifully crafted original songs that tell stories, paint the emotional ups and downs of relationships, pay tribute, rage, draw a few laughs and touch the heart. The songs and his engaging performances draw critical acclaim and earn loyal fans.
Norm's melodic songs are delivered in his expressive baritone voice, with his tasteful but not flashy acoustic guitar playing, on his 1970 Yamaha FG180 or on the Storyteller 1 guitar made for him by Gregory Furan ( www.furanguitars.com ). He establishes a direct communication with his audience members. Songs are usually interspersed with original poetry and prose, with his expressive delivery reflecting his past theatre experience.
Family / children stage performances consist of a half-hour or so of stories and songs, primarily about his cats. He also conducts songwriting workshops for adults and students.
For duo or larger group performances, Norm is accompanied by a lead guitarist and other instrumentalists.
Next performance: Sadly, Norm Hacking died on
November 25, 2007. Date of a further memorial event to be announced
shortly. A memorial / open stage was held December 6, 2007, and on February
9, 2008, Tim Harrison hosted a two-hour tribute "Songs and Stories
of Norm Hacking" as part of Winterfolk VI festival. We expect posthumous
release of his CD The Ache in early 2008.
Past performances: Most recent performances were in Toronto (several dates June - July 2007). Most recent festivals were Brampton Folk Festival 2007 (Brampton, Ontario), Winterfolk 2005 and 2007 (Toronto), Toronto City Roots, Word on the Street (Toronto), Northern Lights Festival Boreal (Sudbury) and Eaglewood (Pefferlaw, Ontario). Details remain on Norm's website.
Norm has three currently available music CDs and one spoken word CD:
The Discography Page has an overview of Norm's recordings, with links to details on each album from his first solo vinyl Norm Hacking Live (1977) to the upcoming CD The Ache, along with a list of multi-artist albums that include his performances. A second page lists other artists who have recorded his songs and written songs about him.
The three music CDs are on the Three Flamingos Music label (Wayne Marshall, Brantford, Ontario). They are available through Outside Music's secure web sales at www.outside-music.com/store/ or in stores they supply. The spoken word CD is available from Iridescent Music, Toronto (secure web sales or printable mail-order form). And of course also at events.
These songs have sound excepts - click on title for lyrics and on mp3 for sound (all are on this site), or go to lyrics page which also has the mp3 link; album sources for sound are shown:
The Lyrics and Prose page includes links to additional lyrics, a poem, the book, selected columns and a feature newspaper article.
IT'S A BOOK!
NORM is the columnist "RACE TRACK HACK"
For solo performances:
Except for VERY small venues (eg house concerts):
For performances in duo or larger groups:
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Page added September 20, 2004
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