A local musician going by the handle James Gore Barton has posted three gritty, bluesy paeans to Hamilton. A Hamilton lover who has lived here for 23 years, JGB was "overwhelmed with civic pride" on attending the West Harbour Stadium rally in Hess Village this summer.
After a chance meeting at the rally led him to the LeE HARVeY OsMOND show at Festival of Friends, JGB was inspired by Tom Wilson's "Lean on your Peers" and his challenge to the audience to write more songs about Hamilton.
"Once I got started," JGB told RTH, "It was hard to stop. One can't help but feel the passion people have for this place."
"Best Place to Raise a Child" contrasts the city's Mission Statement with the reality of air pollution, transport trucks rumbling through poor residential neighbourhoods, and urban decay.
"The Caretaker" takes a cheeky poke at the owner of our local football team and the real interests he's taking care of.
"Raise the Hammer" is a "sloppy and raw" tribute to the author's beloved hometown.
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