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To play in the same key in GCEA tuning, put your capo on the 5th fret. Hynes plays in Bb.
"Sonny's Dream" was first recorded by The Wonderful Grand Band on their eponymous album, but appeared re-recorded on their second album Living in a Fog in 1981. It was named the 41st greatest Canadian song of all time on the 2005 CBC Radio One series 50 Tracks: The Canadian Version. Subsequent to the songwriter Ron Hynes' death, a crowd was organized for a singalong in Bannerman Park, St. John's in remembrance and celebration of his life.
The song is popular not only in Atlantic Canada, but in some parts of the United States and has been covered by many other artists, including Great Big Sea, Christy Moore, Emmylou Harris, Stan Rogers, Valdy, Allison Crowe, Hayley Westenra, and Jean Redpath.