Wigford is a small town in rural Southwestern Ontario, home to a cast of recurring characters: Buzz, a drunk-driving father of two; his wife, who should have married Bert Walmsley instead; Happy Henry, a devout, socially inept apostle who loves to play the organ; Elmer, a stroke survivor. Wigford Rememberies tells this community's stories through an impressionistic series of vignettes. The language is inventive, invative and exciting, and whether describing mucking out the pig barnthere in the dust and the sweet smells of grain and straw and the heavy brown odour of shit so strong it makes you sneeze or helping a drunk articulate how to manipulate God's forgivenessif I gave my heart to Jesusright there on my deathbed the minute before I diedhe'd forgive everything an I'd go up into Heaven and be saved just as much as the other guy who never did thin' wrong at all with difference?' Harness wields words with an eye for detail, musicality and style. Visceral, reflective and lyrical, Wigford Rememberies is a poetic evocation of mood and epiphanic realizations, and will resonate with anyone who has ever confronted suffering, love or the unkwable.
Kyp Harness is a versatile artist. He is a musician who has written and recorded 200 songs on 13 independent recordings. Ron Sexsmith called him one of the finest songwriters on the planet and the Calgary Straight said of his work: I won't mince words: Right now, Kyp Harness is the most vital, essential Canadian singer-songwriter out there. He has also written The Art of Laurel and Hardy (McFarland, 2006) and The Art of Charlie Chaplin (McFarland, 2008), and created the web comic Mortimer the Slug. He lives in Toronto, ON.