Location: Bergen

Jonathan Wright — Making Beautiful Music on the Farm

Jonathan Wright — Making Beautiful Music on the Farm

Jon and his partner Andrea Thompson live just outside of Bergen, Alberta on Thompson Small Farm. It’s a tranquil place they call home. Most of their farm animals have names. There is Raven, the matriarch of the Clydesdale clan, Doncaster and Petunia who are more than just pigs, Mary Poppins their sweet and tender dispositioned Jersey cow and there are even a few chickens and turkeys who have garnered a name. If you have never been to a mixed farm before, at first it appears a bit chaotic; chickens hanging out with the pigs, cats sleeping in the chicken coop and yaks, chickens, and ducks sauntering among the horses. These animals and their people really know how to live in a harmonious community. Jon and Andrea’s compassion and love for their farm and the animals they share it with is testament to the wonderful people they are.

Jon’s interests and experiences run deep. He has an interest in and is actively engaged with both domestic and wild animals, our environment, concerns around our current food system, and of course, music. We first heard Jon sing and play his Simon and Patrick, 12 string, Canadian made guitar at a small saloon in Bearberry, Alberta. The saloon is a summertime stop over for many motorcycle mavericks out for a Sunday afternoon cruise and talented musicians playing for an appreciative audience. Sunday is “Open Mike” and when Jon got up to play, this soft spoken and unassuming man transformed himself, delivering passion and potency through his music and his songs. I listened intensely as Jon’s words danced to the strum of his guitar.

Later, I had questions. I found out from Andrea that when Jon was younger he won a national song writing competition and got an artist development deal with a subsidiary of Warner Chappell. The principals of which took him to Nashville to record a few of his songs that he felt weren’t his best work and his overall conclusion of the experience was it wasn’t the life he had in mind. Jon has since wrote enough songs he feels are worthy of 2 or 3 full length CD’s and anticipates in the near future to do just that. His songs reflect what he considers to be a uniquely Canadian sound that came about in the 70’s and he hopes through his own song writing and music to keep some of that alive.

We hope you enjoy Jon’s interview and one of his original songs he performed for us. Thanks Jon, it was a pleasure!