Keyboard Fantasies: The Beverly Glenn-Copeland Story

Posy Dixon

IndieLisboa 2020 •

United Kingdom, Documentary, 2019, 63′

Back in 1986, Beverly Glenn-Copeland, wrote and self-released Keyboard Fantasies, in Huntsville, Ontario. Despite its innovating folk-electronica hybrid sonorities, the cassette was forgotten. Suddenly, three decades later, a rare-record collector in Japan reissued the album and finally the music found its listeners. The musician, now Glenn Copeland, starts its first international tour at the age of 74.

Keyboard Fantasies is not a popular record – not even to those into the spectrum between folk and ambient. When listening to it, with more or less attention, we learn very little about Beverly-Glenn Copeland. The way the musician balances his beats, as well as his silences and his tender voice, don’t gives us any hint about his life as one of the faces of the never-ending fight for the LGBT rights in Canada 70s, a time when it was still punished by law.  If we can admit that his music stays in our minds for its balance, we can say that it’s with the same stability that Beverly tells us about his life and the record that was only valued three decades after its first edition. A story of struggling, courage and spiritual wisdom, teaching us that “We are ever new”. (Filipa Henriques)