The Common Cup Company is a musical group featuring songwriters Gordon Light & Ian Macdonald, composers of popular hymns Draw The Circle Wide, She Flies On! (She Comes Sailing On The Wind), River Run Deep (River Running In You & Me), Joy Comes With The Dawn and many other published titles.
Their musical ministry began in 1979 when Light (an Anglican Priest and later Bishop), met Ian Macdonald and Jim Uhrich (both United Chruch Ministers) while serving neighboring churches in Winnipeg, Canada. Bob Wallace joined the group in 1982, his voice strengthening and enriching the group’s sound.
In the following decades this original quartet wrote, performed, & recorded together despite living in different corners the country. Scott McDonald & Richard Betts joined the lineup in 1998, adding Bass & Drums and giving the Common Cup a contemporary sound.
The group suffered a deep loss when founding member Jim Uhrich died in 2009. The addition of respected United Church musician Lloyd Maclean (piano / accordion) brought Common Cup new inspiration.
Ian Macdonald was diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia in 2012, and is facing this illness with courage and grace. Nowadays Ian takes a less active role within the group, and rarely performs live.
A 2 CD Live Album chronicling the band’s career was released in 2015. The collection features highlights from concerts recorded between 1993-2011.
The Common Cup Company continues to write, record, and tour.