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In a country that has produced its fair share of folk-music giants, Sylvia Tyson more than holds her own. As one-half of Ian and Sylvia, she helped plant folk music in the public consciousness - and opened the door for the likes of Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt.
Sylvia grew up in Chatham, a small Ontario town where - she says - there were no records. That's tough, especially when your dream is to be a musician. At 18, she moved to Toronto and found her musical salvation in a folk-music scene that was just starting to form. She teamed up with Ian Tyson and together they took folk beyond its established borders, eventually evolving into pioneers of country-rock.
And the first song Sylvia wrote? 'You Were on My Mind'. It was a hit for Ian & Sylvia - and for the pop group We Five, who rode the song to Number 3 on Billboard.
Despite a tumultuous marriage, Ian & Sylvia still found time to release 13 albums. And when they divorced in the mid'70s, Sylvia went solo. In the '80s, she balanced recording with work as a broadcaster at CBC. And in the '90s, set out with the popular country-folk group Quartette.
Now Sylvia has turned her storytelling talents to the printed page. Her first novel is called 'The Joyner's Dream'. And it tells the story of eight generations of a Canadian family - all connected by music.