Most famous for his classic "Sonny's Dream", the Newfoundland songsmith lends his name to an all-new acoustic guitar
MONTREAL, Sept. 4, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Even if you've never heard the name Ron Hynes, chances are you've heard his songs. Hynes' music has been recorded by generations of musical royalty from Emmy Lou Harris and Christy Moore to Denny Doherty of The Mamas & The Papas and Valdy. With an east coast tour now in full swing, followed by another in his native province in November, the only piece missing was a signature guitar equal to his name. Enter the MacKenzie & Marr Ron Hynes Songwriter.
Designed to Hynes' specs, the hand crafted dreadnought features solid mahogany back and sides with a solid Canadian Red Cedar top. Visit the MacKenzie & Marr website for the full specs.
"Building a songwriter's guitar is a daunting challenge," says John Marr of MacKenzie & Marr. "Add to that the prospect of doing it for a legend like Ron Hynes, and the stakes go up considerably. Ron's authority as both a performer and songwriter, and his desire for a world-class instrument at a workingman's price, put all of the big challenges on the table. Thanks to Ron's time and patience and our own resolve, we're pleased and proud of the result."
At an introductory price of $550 CDN, the guitar offers high-end tone and solid wood build quality without the high-end price tag.
"I wanted an instrument that looked, played and sounded like a $3000 guitar but would be attainable to young, emerging writers who can't afford that," says Hynes. "That's exactly what Mackenzie & Marr has delivered."
Hynes' unique Atlantic roots sound was briefly quieted during his recent struggle with throat cancer. Now back and on successive tours this fall, Ron's fans will have a chance to hear the legend and his new guitar up close and personal.
The Ron Hynes Songwriter and other MacKenzie & Marr guitars can be ordered online at http://macmarr.com
About Ron Hynes
With a songwriting career that spans more than 30 years, Ron Hynes is a six-time East Coast Music Award winner, a Genie Award winner and a past Juno, CCMA and Canadian Folk Music Awards nominee. He's been recipient of both Artist of The Year and the prestigious Arts Achievement Award from the Newfoundland & Labrador Arts Council, as well as a Lifetime Achievement Award from the St. John's Folk Arts Council. Ron Hynes also holds an Honorary PhD from Memorial University for his songwriting and contribution to the cultural life of his beloved home province of Newfoundland (Canada). For more information visit hynesite.org.
About MacKenzie & Marr Guitars
The privately owned company sells a limited range of solid wood acoustic guitars through its website (www.macmarr.com) at factory-direct prices. It was co-founded in 2009 by Jonathan MacKenzie of Kanata, Ontario, and John Marr of Montreal, Quebec. Growing up in Waterloo, Ontario, the two friends met in 1958, and began playing guitar together in the mid-60's when acoustic folk music was gaining popularity. Marr, and MacKenzie, a physician with a passion for guitar design, sold out their initial production run in 36 hours after a 2010 appearance on CBC Dragon's Den. Since then legends such as Ian Tyson and Tom Rush have endorsed the brand.
Image with caption: "Legendary Atlantic Canadian singer-songwriter Ron Hynes sporting his MacKenzie & Marr Ron Hynes Songwriter signature model. Back from a battle with throat cancer, the 6-time East Coast Music Award winner and writer of the classic, "Sonny's Dream" is back on tour this fall.(CNW Group/Brendan & Brendan, Inc.)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130904_C4045_PHOTO_EN_30365.jpg
SOURCE: Brendan & Brendan, Inc.
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