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Lenore: Personal

Personal Info

"I was born, Lenore Elaine, in Rossland, B.C., Canada, was raised in Port Arthur (Thunder Bay) and Oshawa, Ontario and then lived in Toronto while going to school and working. I had a career in Personnel Management in Toronto before gleefully quitting work to stay home and raise a family...my long term goal was to go back to school and study law so that I could eventually get involved in politics.

I also decided to fulfill an age-old dream and learn how to play the guitar - as soon as I'd figured out 3 chords I wrote my first song and discovered that my notebooks of half-finished poetry were full of great hooks - my lifelong writing hobby connected with my lifelong love of music (see influences) and I realized that I'd much rather spend my life performing songs (political and otherwise) than anything else."

Genre

I tend to call my music "Acoustic Rootsy Folk", and call myself a "Contemporary Singer/Songwriter" but as the following review snippets show, listening is subjective!

"funky, folky"
"down home folk with a rock and roll soul"
"high energy folk/pop/countryl"
"folk country blues"
"country-flavoured folk/rock"

Influences

My early heroes were Cat Stevens, Jim Croce, Simon & Garfunkel.
And then, Bob Dylan, John Prine, The Eagles, CCR, The Band, Pink Floyd, The Grateful Dead (to name a few).
And, of course, there's Bruce.

For fun, I've added everybody else. Thanks to a ticket stub collection, I've put together a list (updated regularly) of all the amazing artists that I've had the privilege of seeing perform live. Inspirations, each and every one of them.

* - Have seen them more than once
** - Never miss(ed) a Toronto show
Al Stewart
Alan Parsons
Allman Brothers Band **
Bette Midler *
Bill Munroe *
Billy Joel
Blue Oyster Cult
Blue Rodeo
Bob Dylan *
Bob Dylan and The Band
Bob Marley
Bob Seger
Bonnie Raitt *
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band **
Buddy Guy
Crosby, Stills, Nash *
Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young *
David Bowie
Don Henley *
Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show
Eagles *
Earle Scruggs *
Electric Light Orchestra
Emerson, Lake and Palmer
Eric Clapton *
Fairport Convention
Frank Zappa
Fred Eaglesmith
Genesis
Gentle Giant
Gordon Lightfoot*
Grateful Dead **
Guy Clark*
J. Geils Band
Jefferson Starship
Jethro Tull *
Jimmy LaFave *
Jimmie Vaughn
Joan Baez
Joe Ely
John Hiatt *
John Mellencamp**
John Prine *
Johnny Clegg and Savuka
Joni Mitchell
Justin Rutledge
Kasey Chambers
Keith Richards
Little Feat *
Los Lonely Boys
Lucinda Williams *
Lyle Lovett
Melissa Etheridge *
Mark Knopfler
Martyn Joseph *
Mary Gauthier *
Melanie
Mott the Hoople
Myles and Lenny
Neil Young *
Ozark Mountain Daredevils
Pat Benetar
Paul McCartney *
Peter Gabriel
Phil Lesh & Friends
Pink Floyd **
Queen
Ray Bonneville
Robert Palmer
Robert Plant*
Rod Stewart and the Faces *
Rodney Crowell
Roger Waters
Steve Miller
Supertramp*
The Band *
The Constantines
The Good Brothers *
The Jayhawks
The Pretenders
The Rolling Stones *
The Strawbs
The Tragically Hip
The Who *
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers **
Tom Rush *
Tom Russell *
Van Morrison
Yes *