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JOHN McNAUGHTON With so many tal­ented singers work­ing in a wide va­ri­ety of mu­si­cal con­texts in Toronto, each with his or her own per­sonal style, any at­tempt at a com­par­a­tive eval­u­a­tion seems like a waste of time. How­ever, for pure goose­bump-rais­ing abil­ity, the Foggy Hog­town Boys’ bass-thump­ing lead vo­cal­ist, John McNaughton, is hard to top. The ef­fort­less way he con­jures the haunt­ing sound of tra­di­tional blue­grass – at once eerily an­cient yet still soul­fully con­tem­po­rary – makes it seem like he was born to sing that mu­sic, but he’s clearly got the chops to work in any field he wants. A rare tal­ent, de­serv­ing much wider recog­ni­tion.

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