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The Auctioneer

by Jon McLurg

Honest, melodic, and thoughtful songs with deceptively simple lyrics and a sound evocative of the 1960's folk revival.
Genre: Folk: Minstrel
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Old Montreal
3:47 album only
2. The Auctioneer
4:25 album only
3. Molly of the Morning
3:12 album only
4. Blue Pinstripes
3:15 album only
5. Someone Thinks of You
3:25 album only
6. Shadows
2:59 album only
7. Dust
5:08 album only
8. Etta Baker
2:51 album only
9. True Blue
3:27 album only
10. Oldest Promise
4:12 album only
11. Big Band Theory
4:30 album only


Album Notes
We can’t afford to be wealthy
From now we must stick to what is kind
There’s really nothing that the rich man has
That the poor man can’t hold in his mind

Is it cliché to say that Jon McLurg is the most talented songwriter you’ve never heard of? Perhaps. Does that make it any less true? Certainly not.

With a contemplative wisdom that belies his 25 years, he spins songs of truth, reflection, melancholy, contentment, and spirituality.

Passion is the power that makes the world go ‘round
Power is the passion that slowly drives it down
Destiny’s a diamond on the wrong side of town
It takes a hungry eye to even see it

Jon’s sophomore CD, The Auctioneer, was recorded not far from his hometown of Elginburg, Ontario (20 km north of Kingston) at Leopard Frog Studios by Chris Coleman (www.leopardfrogstudio.com) and features the musical talents of Coleman himself, Chris Murphy, Kelli Trottier, and Terry Tufts, among others. The CD runs the gamut of tones and emotions, from the lively anthem Old Montreal to the delicate Oldest Promise and culminates in the gentle yet epic last track, Big Band Theory, an alternate allegory for the Creation story:

Our world began when a man took the hand
Of a girl to a dance to hear a big band
The old Palais floor shook the dust from the door
Like never before

This is an example of a song that is a bursting cornucopia of imagery:

So strike up the band start something new
From the trumpeter’s lips a giant star flew
And it came undone and there was the sun
For me and for you

Influenced by the music of John Prine, Hank Williams, Leonard Cohen and Bob Dylan, Jon has entered into the realm of the songwriter with class, abundant talent, and wit, and his soft but smooth voice and elegant finger-style guitar playing has proven to be the perfect vehicle for his songs.



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