Stompin’ Tom Connors may have died earlier this year, but through fans like Elmer Lammedee his music lives on.
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Village of Paddockwood resident and Stompin’ Tom Connors fan Elmer Lammedee is seen performing a tribute act at Prince Albert’s Royal Canadian Legion in April.
Performing Stompin’ Tom songs since the mid-’70s, Lammedee is bringing decades of experience and knowledge of every one of his musical hero’s records to the E. A. Rawlinson Centre stage for a Sunday afternoon performance.
Although he’s performed publicly since a 1976 Prince Albert Winter Festival variety show, Lammedee said that he still gets nervous before performances.
“You want to do a good job, you know?” he said. “You want to do the best for people -- you want them to be happy and satisfied with what you’ve done. You don’t want to bugger anything up.”
During a sold-out performance at Prince Albert’s Royal Canadian Legion in April, Lammedee performed Stompin’ Tom songs with a passion that only a true fan can share -- his singing voice even reminiscent of Connors’.
On Sunday, Lammedee will be joined by a full band made up of Gary Larson on lead guitar, George Piston on fiddle, Dean Kushneriuk on drums and David Sinclair on bass.
“I think it’s going to be a good show -- I think I have close to 300 tickets sold so far,” Lammedee said. “It’s pretty good for an old local mechanic!”
You want to do the best for people -- you want them to be happy and satisfied with what you’ve done. You don’t want to bugger anything up. Elmer Lammedee
This will be Lammedee’s biggest-ever performance and will be his first time performing on the E. A. Rawlinson Centre stage as a full act.
Referring to Connors as a “true Canadian,” Lammedee said that it’s easy to find inspiration in his hero.
He wrote songs about Canadian people and Canadian issues, and never faltered in his beliefs.
In keeping with Connors’ charitable spirit, all proceeds from Sunday’s performance will go toward the Lakeland and District Fire Department. Members will be on site with a display.
Lammedee -- a long-time collector of Stompin’ Tom Connors memorabilia -- will set up a display of various artifacts of the musician, chronicling his storied career.
Sunday’s show is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. Tickets are still available at the E. A. Rawlinson Centre box office at $20 a ticket. Tickets will also be sold at the door if there are any still available.