CHRONOLOGY

UK Concert Debut


In his first appearance on a British stage, Canadian folk singer Gordon Lightfoot captivated his young audience at the Royal Festival Hall Monday with a program about rail hands and jailbirds, city life and country love.

"He has a rare talent for the creation of curiously luminous songs and for giving his most intensely personal lyrics intricate and unhackneyed shapes," says the Daily Telegraph in an unusually warm review.

"He succeeds above all without sentimentality and without one false note in voicing something strangely beautiful and moving about Canada, from the mountains to the little general store."

Lightfoot, who has written a number of successful albums, is a native of Orillia, Ontario. Many young Canadians helped fill the Festival Hall.