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Fergus Hambleton: Summertime Fun

The veteran Toronto pop/reggae/folk singer/songwriter previews an upcoming album with a well-crafted and suitably sunny tune that captures the mood of the season.

Fergus Hambleton: Summertime Fun

By Kerry Doole

Fergus Hambleton - Summertime Fun (Current Records): This is the first single from Neighbourhoods, an upcoming (October) album from the veteran Toronto singer/songwriter.


Call its title truth in advertising, as this is a sunny and catchy pop track to match the vibe of the season perfectly. It's the equivalent of a well-written thriller providing escapist beach reading. Hambleton's warm and melodic voice is to the fore, and the pace lifts halfway through with a scorching guitar solo. The tune is mixed by Terry Brown (Rush, Blue Rodeo).

Long a popular figure on the Toronto scene, the songsmith is best known nationally as leader of The Sattalites, long one of Canada's premiere pop-reggae outfits. That Juno- winning group still plays every week at The Orbit Room in Toronto, while Hambleton continues to work in a variety of genres, from jazz to folk and pop. 

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His first real gig was playing keyboards and singing with popular Yorkville psychedelic folk band A Passing Fancy, back in the late '60s. Five decades later, he's still going strong.

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Publicity: Gerry Young, Current Records

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