I HAVE BEEN so lucky to have had a long life in music as well as in literature. I started performing as a singer with my sister Susan in 1965 in Edmonton. We were teenagers; I was seventeen, and she was eighteen. A year later we were joined by our brother Harry, two years younger than me, and then by a set of neighborhood brothers, Greg and Wayne Vetsch. We were a solid electric folk-rock group called The Circle Widens and we played in Edmonton from 1966 till 1970.

We recorded a 45 with Korland Sound, Joe Kozack’s recording label and production company, in 1969, and I even signed a song-writing deal with Tom Northcott and Mushroom Records in Vancouver in 1971…

We had a lot of fun, and somewhere in there I began to write songs more and more seriously…I performed those songs as a single folksinger in Edmonton until 1971 and then teamed up with a great musician, Michael baker, and played in Toronto for three years. Back in Edmonton, my four brothers—Harry, Frank, Mike and Tim—created The Lent Brothers band eventually and played and recorded for years, releasing an album called Thicker Than Water in 1990…

Meanwhile my own life took me to Nelson, back to Toronto, then Regina for two years and finally, by 1978, to the Okanagan…eventually, I became part of a roots/blues/jazz trio here called The Lent/Fraser/Wall Trio (with the brilliant guitarists Neil Fraser and Shelby Wall) and we’ve been performing since 1991. We released a CD called Shadow Moon in 2005 and are working on another one now…and over the past few years, I have also completed an independent CD of my own songs called Strange Ground, recorded in Lake Studios in Kelowna, and produced and arranged by Andrew and Zachari Smith.

Aside from The Lent/Fraser/Wall Trio, I sometimes perform with my brother Harry, and with the bass player Mark Nishihara…

I am a member of SOCAN Canada. My song-writing heroes have been, among many, Randy Newman, Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Robbie Robertson, Jesse Winchester, Phoebe Snow, Shawn Colvin, Leonard Cohen, Suzanne Vega and Lucinda Williams…