Country music series starts with a twang

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Published on February 19, 2014

Boyd Faulconer plays the banjo at the Country North Show on Wednesday night. 

Published on February 19, 2014

Mick Gratias slaps the bass at the Country North Show on Wednesday night. 

Published on February 19, 2014

Dean Kushneryk plays the drums at Wednesday’s Country North Show. 

Published on February 19, 2014

Kerri English plays the fiddle at Wednesday’s Country North Show. 

Published on February 19, 2014

Kim Frey performs at the first of four Country North Shows on Wednesday night at the Prince Albert Exhibition Centre. 

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Michelle McKeaveney performs as a special guest at Wednesday’s Country North Show

Published on February 19, 2014

Event emcee Nancy Hagen performs one of a handful of times throughout the Country North Show on Wednesday night at the Prince Albert Exhibition Centre. 

Published on February 19, 2014

Event emcee Nancy Hagen performs one of a handful of times throughout the Country North Show on Wednesday night at the Prince Albert Exhibition Centre. 

Published on February 19, 2014

Rev. Rick Martin brings the old-school country music vibe to the Country North Show on Wednesday. 

Published on February 19, 2014

Singer Sabrina Demyen performs at the Country North Show on Wednesday night at the Prince Albert Exhibition Centre. 

Published on February 19, 2014

Singer Sabrina Demyen performs at the Country North Show on Wednesday night at the Prince Albert Exhibition Centre. 

Published on February 19, 2014

Singer Sabrina Demyen performs at the Country North Show on Wednesday night at the Prince Albert Exhibition Centre. 

Harnessing the Grand Ole Opry’s style, local musicians came together on Wednesday for the first in a series of five musical evenings.

 

“The whole idea is to just have fun and entertain people,” guitarist Dennis Adams said backstage, a few minutes before Wednesday’s debut performance.

“It’s country music, so we just want people to be happy, tap their toes and go home happy.”

Click HERE for a series of video clips from Wednesday night's show.

As a part of the annual show for 22 of its 42 years, Adams said that every February serves as a musical reunion of sorts, where like-minded musicians reconvene to share their collective passion.

“It’s more like a musical community,” he said of the group of music lovers. “We all know each other and help each other out … It’s always fun.”

Adams joined fellow “Misdeal” band mates Mick Gratias (bass) and Dean Kushneryk (drums), as well as Michael Langlois (keyboards and harmonica), Kerri English (fiddle and mandolin) and Boyd Faulconer (guitar and banjo) in making up this year’s backing band.

“They’re very experienced, they work very well together -- just a really great bunch,” show producer Barry Mihilewicz said of the band.

Rev. Rick Marti is heading to the Country North Show stage for the first time since 2003, and plans on serving up the evening’s classic country sound.

“I think there’s a lot of variety in the show,” he said. “I’m bringing some of the older classics, but there’s some new, more current stuff, too. I think it’s a well-rounded show and I think in general people are going to like it.”

Aside from the lineup of headlining acts, the show appears the same as it did more than a decade ago, he said, noting that his 2003 performance had “a great excitement in the air” – a feeling he said Wednesday’s event also had.

The balance of this year’s headlining performers include Jim Chute, Sabrina Demyen, Taylor Chetty, Keifer Paul and Kim Frey.

It’s country music, so we just want people to be happy, tap their toes and go home happy. Dennis Adams

The event’s emcee, long-time singer Nancy Hagen, performs a handful of songs throughout the evening.

The Grand Ole Opry-style Country North Show will take place three more times, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, with $15 tickets available for sale at the door, Mihilewicz said.

“It’s really a great lineup,” he concluded. “We have some special guests that we have each night, so look for some interesting appearances by some interesting characters.”

Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights will also feature Country North Saloon performances -- a cabaret-style show that begins at 10 p.m. each night. Tickets are $5 for Thursday’s show and $10 for either Friday or Saturday.

Thursday’s show features Heidi Munro and Misdeal, as well as Doyle Ironstand, Friday’s show features Tim Toutant and Saturday’s show features Donny Parenteau and Brian Sklar.

Although Mihilewicz said that he doesn’t anticipate seeing either the Country North Shows or the Country North Saloon shows sell out of tickets, Sunday’s Country North Reunion Show might, so he encourages people to purchase advance tickets.

Click HERE for a story by Daily Herald reporter Jodi Schellenberg about the Country North Reunion Show.

The Country North Reunion Show will begin at 7 p.m. on Sunday and will feature about 24 entertainers from the show’s 42-year history. Tickets are $15 and are available at the Prince Albert Exhibition Centre.

All shows will take place at the Prince Albert Exhibition Centre.

 

 

Organizations: Grand Ole Opry, Prince Albert Exhibition Centre, Daily Herald

Geographic location: Country North Saloon, Country North Shows

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