The Gordon Lightfoot Tribute

Tickets $15 in advance/$20 at door (+$3 ticketing fee) at Whitheall City Hall or online. In 2007 Mackinaw City guitarist Mike Fornes assembled a band of four backing musicians for a salute to Canadian balladeer Gordon Lightfoot. The group’s work has developed into a stunning theatre show that replicates the Lightfoot concert experience. “This is music from our culture, our way of life,” said Fornes. “Obviously there are lots of romantic ballads and fun songs among Lightfoot’s list of hits, but his music carries a common appreciation among people that I think concert-goers truly enjoy.” Fornes promises that his audience will hear the best known tunes from Lightfoot’s catalogue, and other songs typical of a Lightfoot concert. The play-list includes such standards as If You Could Read My Mind, Canadian Railroad Trilogy, Sundown, Carefree Highway and Rainy Day People. Plus, of course, The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald. Storytelling of the events that inspired the writing of the songs have become as much a part of the show as the songs themselves in Fornes’ portrayal of Lightfoot. His tireless research and personal interaction with Lightfoot have resulted in accurate mannerisms, speaking patterns and clothing used by the Canadian icon in concert. Fornes, who tours annually, performs more than 60 shows in five states and Canada each year. He will accompany himself on rhythm six-string and 12-string guitars, authentic to the models used by Lightfoot on stage. | Contact | Privacy | Terms