Joel Thomas Hynes
Joel Thomas Hynes, the voice and songwriter behind the album Dead Man’s Melody, is perhaps better known as a novelist, screenwriter and actor. His fiction has been celebrated internationally, translated into numerous languages, and adapted to the big screen and stage alike. His most recent novel, We’ll All Be Burnt in Our Beds Some Night, won the 2017 Governor General’s Award for Fiction. Hynes is also the creator, executive producer and star of the hit CBC comedy series Little Dog, which premiered to rave reviews in March of 2018. But aside from writing books and making movies and guest starring in TV shows like Orphan Black, Frontier and Mary Kills People, he’s also been working hard over the years as a singer-songwriter. He’s broken up a few bands, toured and wrote songs with his late uncle, acclaimed folksinger Ron Hynes, and has had his music featured in numerous films and TV shows. His song Boot Heels and Shine was a national finalist for the 2015 CBC Searchlight Competition. In 2015 he also released a four song EP of original music – JTH Live at the LSPU Hall.
Dead Man’s Melody, his first full length studio album, liberally exploits Hynes’s vast experience as a storyteller and actor and can be described as a theatrical, character-driven, roots-rock album that spins a brazen tale of doomed love and murder which culminates in a SWAT Team standoff with bullhorns blaring and choppers in the air.