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Tickets on sale for concert


Those on hand for the June 19 concert by the Joel Fafard Band will be in for an evening of fiery rural music when the Saskatchewan native makes his Fort Frances debut at La Place Rendez-Vous.

While the concert is being staged by tour de Fort, tickets are available to the general public for $10 each at the Fort Frances Public Library and Rendez-Vous.

“We are very fortunate to be able to catch Joel on his way through the major centres,” said tour de Fort spokesperson Wanda Botsford. “[He] has a very refreshing mix of blues, folk, and pop.

“He has a relaxed style, and a quiet confidence.”

Botsford said the tour de Fort committee was very impressed with Fafard. “It should be an enjoyable evening overlooking Rainy Lake, with great entertainment and [a] cabaret style setup,” she enthused.

And with only two weeks until the concert, Botsford is certain the tickets will sell quickly.

“We will only be selling half the tickets we normally sell, and they are a great price at $10, so I imagine they will go fast,” she remarked.

After the release of his first solo album in 1996, Fafard joined forces with the folk band, Scruj MacDuhk, only to leave them a year later to work alongside musician Richard Moody.

In 1998, Fafard decided to redefine himself as a musician and teamed up with world-renowned percussionist Joseph Ashong to create the critically-acclaimed album, “Farmer’s Tan.”

Now with the release of his latest CD, “Head Smashed In,” Fafard and his four-member band are taking their worldly beat and mature song writing on the road to perform at a number of venues across Canada.

“[Joel] makes a real connection with the audience,” said tour de Fort president Wendy Brunetta. “He’s very down to earth [and] his stories are interesting and fun.”

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