Volume 92, Issue 37

Tuesday, November 10, 1998

upholding integrity


Lindy is Canada's folk giant

Photo by Anouk Lessard

FEE FI FO FUM, I SMELL THE BLOOD OF MEGADEATH. Folk sensation Lindy comes down from the mountains for a visit to Call the Office tonight.

By Mike Murphy

Gazette Staff

"I think that folk music, from time to time, makes appearances and I think it's now that it's going to make another big appearance."

If Lindy is right and an incipient folk resurgence really is upon us, then he couldn't have picked a better time to make his big appearance on the Canadian music scene.

Lindy, a six-foot-seven blonde-haired musical giant of Icelandic parentage, has just released his first solo album. The 11-track compilation of folky ballads has drawn him predictable comparisons to well-known troubadours such as Bob Dylan and Woody Guthrie.

While Lindy obviously reveres such folk greats, he seems to chafe a little under the constant comparisons. "I think that sometimes people make too many comparisons to other artists. I think it's more important to describe the originality of a person than to make comparisons," he says.

Although Lindy's new self-titled record is his first solo effort, his musical career stretches all the way back to early childhood (when he performed Icelandic folk songs as a four-year-old) and also includes a stint with the Victoria-based group, Northern Junk. Over the years, he has clearly developed a profound love for folk and the ideas of tradition and shared identity which it embodies.

"Folk music is appealing because it's entirely timeless," he explains. "Music for me is a community experience. It's not about a personality, it's not about an individual."

He also stresses his music is positive and hopeful. "I'm totally against songs that bring you down," he relates. "I like darkness, but I don't like negativity." Similarly, he describes his live performances as very upbeat.

"They're a whole lot of fun," Lindy says. "It's totally positive energy and really great, intelligent musicians."

Much like his music, Lindy himself sounds very optimistic these days. "I feel like I'm reaching people now," he enthuses. "I feel everything is totally progressive. I'm really looking forward to not only having things happen here but internationally as well."

To that end, Lindy will be spending time in Europe this December and California in January. Asked what he would most like to achieve, he replies with typical candor. "My ultimate goal is to have the perfect union of the poetry and the music."

Given his Icelandic heritage, Lindy's career choice should really come as no surprise. "In Iceland, the highest-regarded profession is that of the poet or writer or musician," he explains. "The artist is the highest."

Lindy certainly takes great pride in his art and seems intent on spreading the sounds of folk to everyone who's ready to listen. Who knows? If a widespread folk revival is on its way, Lindy just may be the one leading the charge.

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