Grand Ole Opry showcases classic country music

Matt Gardner
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Aficionados of classic country music are in for a treat this weekend.

Local band Coffee or Scotch, shown here performing at a March fundraiser, are serving as the backup band for artists at the second annual Grand Ole Opry show and dance, which takes place on Saturday at 7 p.m. in St. Louis Community Hall.

A diverse lineup of well-known musicians will be performing in St. Louis on Saturday as part of the second annual Grand Ole Opry show and dance.

“It’s a country music show made up of various performers, some of which are local, most of which are from the Prince Albert area, Paddockwood, Candle Lake, Melfort, Saskatoon, Nipawin -- just people that I’ve come in contact with over the years,” show producer David Sinclair said.

“I think they’re excellent singers and musicians, so I’ve put the show together on that premise.”

The concert starts at 7 p.m. in St. Louis Community Hall.

Besides helping organizing the show, Sinclair is the bass player for the Prince Albert group Coffee or Scotch, which will serve as the back-up band for each artist alongside guest musician Gerald Wiebe, a steel player from Martinsville.

In addition to Sinclair, the band consists of Mike Langlois on guitar and keyboards, Dean Bernier on fiddle, mandolin and banjo and Darcy Sander on drums.

While traditional country music will dominate proceedings at the Grand Ole Opry, the concert will also feature a smattering of more contemporary material.

“Basically the tunes are older and familiar for the audience that we’re targeting,” Sinclair said. “Contemporary country would be the country rock that you hear nowadays.”

Some of the performers will perform songs by various artists, while others will concentrate on material from a specific musician.

Among the latter, John Quinn will offer renditions of songs by Don Williams, Elmer Lammedee will cover Stompin’ Tom Conners, Larry Krause will perform the work of Eddy Arnold and Al Rybchinski will celebrate the life of Ray Price.

Basically the tunes are older and familiar for the audience that we’re targeting. David Sinclair

Melfort performer Todd Desaulnier will play songs by Johnny Cash, local musician Bernie Daniel will perform popular Elvis Presley tunes and Saskatoon artist Dan McConnell will take on the work of Waylon Jennings.

Offering eclectic selections of songs by different artists, Tristan Hayunga will perform classic country songs, Wyatt Bernier will offer his interpretations of popular fiddle tunes and Danielle Boulet will sing some contemporary country hits.

Brenda Chute-Olde serves as MC for the concert, which will be followed by a dance.

“The dance is for the younger crowd who don’t particularly enjoy classic country music, but they want to cut loose,” Sinclair said.

Besides music and dancing, the St. Louis youth softball club will be selling beef on a bun at the concert for audience members. Refreshments will also be available courtesy of the St. Louis Lions Club.

Sinclair noted that unlike last year’s Grand Ole Opry, which coincided with the flooding of Highway 2, this year’s concert will have the benefit of a passable road.

“Almost the day of the concert, the big flood come in, everybody had to detour and there were problems getting here,” he said. “But not this year.”

Organizers encourage anyone interested in attending the show to buy tickets in advance, since last year’s concert sold out.

Tickets are available at Sandy’s Groceries in St. Louis or by calling 306-961-4250.

Organizations: Grand Ole Opry, Prince Albert, St. Louis Lions Club

Geographic location: St. Louis, Saskatoon, Paddockwood Candle Lake Nipawin Martinsville

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