The Emo Legion’s “Country Jam” enjoyed a generous crowd Friday night despite the seventh game in the Stanley Cup final.
People of all ages, from two to 82, sang along, danced, and listened to the musicians.
Emily Smith, Vern Silver, and Stan Cottam played lots of polkas and old-time waltzes on the accordion and John Reader played some country/folk while Bob Brown provided back-up on his harmonica.
Maurice Betournay played drums for most songs and even did a few solos.
Carl Smith sang the blues, and Dr. George Elliott pepped things up with some fine fiddle tunes.
The younger guitar players also added to the evening with a little bit of rock and roll.
Edith Haw, Donna Heyens, Patti Brown, and Charleen Gustafson played and sang some of the old classics, complemented by Brown’s harmony and Morris Halverson’s versatile lead guitar.
It is a real treat to see more and more very young children coming out to learn some of the old-time dances. There seems to be a real growth in the number of people who are interested in the old-time tunes and dances.
The “Country Jams” at the Emo Legion will continue as long as there is an interest from those attending and from the musicians.
“Old-Tyme” festivals and jamborees are popping up all over western Canada and elsewhere across the country.
The purpose of these many associations is to promote, encourage, foster, and cultivate the preservation, appreciation, understanding, enjoyment, accessibility, support, and performance of traditional instrumental and vocal music.
Musicians of all ages and abilities are invited to join in on the success of the local events. Beginners, professionals, and everyone in between are welcome to add their talents to the festivities.
If you are interest in sitting in on the next session, contact Charleen at 483-5839 for more information.
The success of these evenings has come from the fact that they are truly a community effort. The musicians provide the music and the Emo Legion provides the hall.
The sessions, according to the organizers, are a gift from musicians and the Legion to everyone in the district who loves old-time country music.
Come and join the excitement at the next “Country Jam,” which will be held Friday, July 24 at the Emo Legion.
Drop in anytime after 7 p.m. to experience the enjoyment of an evening of old-time fun.