ICONIC CANADIAN CHILDREN'S ENTERTAINERS RELEASE NEW ALBUM, DECADES AFTER FIRST

Dec 06, 2021

By Christine Ross

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They created the childhood soundtrack for generations and now a new album from award-winning children’s entertainers Sharon Lois and Bram offers a nostalgic look back, six years after Lois died of a rare form of cancer.

“We came upon these recordings which we didn’t really know existed, the sound guy thought it would be a really good idea to record some of the live shows that we did, he recorded about 20 of them,” remarked Sharon Hampson.

The 78-year-old Hampson says the new album SHARON LOIS AND BAM: BEST OF THE BEST LIVE features digitized tracks recorded from concerts between 1989 and 1995 across Canada and the U-S.

Sharon’s daughter Randi Hamspon, who grew up like many of her generation listening to the music of the award-winning trio, co-produced this album. She performs with her Mom and Bram Morrison. Lois Lilientstein died of cancer in 2015.

“I started listening and I was just amazed at quality of the recordings and I thought wow, there’s really something here,” said Randi. “During the pandemic, she and I were doing Facebook live and Zoom concerts and we had seniors, grandparents, parents, children, grandchildren, like four generations participating.”

Sharon says Bram is tracking their broad appeal.

“It’s generation after generation and Bram likes to count the generations, he’s been saying four for a while and now there might even be five.”

The legendary Toronto group is still at it after more than 40 years and is branching into books including the iconic Skinnamarink and Randi wrote the additional verses.

“They recorded the new words as a single and the book has sold almost 80,000 copies now, it’s a huge best seller,” said Randi.

Sharon sums up the group’s longevity. “We say come on along and sing and do with us, and that seems never to go stale.”

Sharon, Lois and Bram are second only to Gordon Lightfoot for most concerts performed live at Toronto’s legendary Massey Hall.

Sharon, Bram and Randi are now reaching out to yet another generation, through the video sharing app TikTok

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