A river runs through Smith's latest release (9 photos)Saturday, October 05, 2013 by: Donna Hopper
Celebrating the release of his third album of original work, Sault songwriter and poet Guy Smith hosted fans at the Art Gallery of Algoma last weekend for an afternoon performance.
"I didn't used to call myself a poet because I always felt that other people should call people poets." Smith told SooToday.com. "But enough people have started to say that I'm a poet, so now I call myself a poet. Music and poetry are two sides of the coin, and one supports the other."
The 12-song release, River of Song, reflects Smith's reverence and respect for the bodies of water that surround the Sault and area.
He spends a great deal of time playing and writing on the shores of the St. Marys River.
"Water seems to be a constant current running through my music," Smith said. "The river is very historic, and our ancestors and the ancestors of First Peoples settled along the river. Whether we appreciate it or not, we all have a real connection to the river and we need it."
Relatively new to live performance, having only started hosting shows approximately three years ago, Smith first began writing songs as a young teenager.
"Songwriting has always been a part of my life," he explained. "I finally reached a point where I felt it was time to publish some of my work. You publish songs by recording them. That lead to the realm of performing, which was a totally new experience for me. I'm still feeling my way through it."
One song in particular, Mississagi-O from River of Song, is especially dear to Smith as he feels a strong affiliation with the song's central character and it originates from stories he told his daughters when they were younger.
Through encouragement from fellow musician and bandmate, Rusty McCarthy, Smith has written a dozen children's songs and performs them under the name Mr. Guy.
His next release will definitely be a children's album, he told us.
In the mean time, River of Song is currently available at the Rad Zone in the Wellington Square Mall, from Smith's website, or iTunes.
Fans and supporters can also catch him live as Smith is scheduled to perform at the Water Tower Pub, 360 Great Northern Road, on Saturday, October 19 at 9 p.m.