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Ferron (born Debbie Foisy on June 2, 1952) is a Canadian folk singer/songwriter and poet. In addition to being one of Canada’s most famous folk musicians, she is one of the most influential writers and performers of women’s music, and an important influence on later musicians such as Ani DiFranco and the Indigo Girls.

Ferron is featured in the documentary on women’s music, Radical Harmonies 2002.

Ferron’s rough-hewn voicing, chewy phrasing, and poetic songwriting has brought many favorable comparisons, including Kitty Wells, Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, and Bruce Springsteen (cf. Stephen Holden 1994). One wit aptly summed up Ferron’s legendary status by calling her “the Johnny Cash of lesbian folksinging” (Bett Williams 2000).

She learned to play guitar at age 11, and left home at 15. Ferron attended Total Ed, an alternative high school in Vancouver, graduating in 1973 (Thomas 2002). She made her professional debut in 1974, playing the song “Who Loses” at a benefit for the Women’s Press Gang. She subsequently established her own record label, Lucy Records, and released her debut album in 1977. The album, Testimony, was her first professionally produced record, and brought her much interest in the United States, particularly in the women’s music community.

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  • happyhessian

    It's really sad that more people don't know about Ferron. Testimony and Shadows on a Dime are true classics.

    18 Feb 8:09pm Reply
  • Bayou16

    amazing!

    5 Aug 2008 Reply

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