Stories and Songs of Stompin’ Tom concert thrilled audience

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The ‘Stories and Songs of Stompin’ Tom’ concert held at the Collins Hall in Elliot Lake on May 9 drew a crowd of more than 300 people.
The concert had major Canadian artists: The Good Brothers, Russell DeCarle of Prairie Oyster, Cindy Church and Duncan Fremlin with Whiskey Jack, who performed with Stompin’ Tom for a number of years in the 1990s.
In the 1980s, Whiskey Jack was on The Tommy Hunter Show.
The band also featured Randy Morrisson, five-time winner of the Canadian Bluegrass Music Association’s Bluegrass Fiddle Player of the Year Award. He played a couple of solo as well as a fantastic fiddle medley.
There was plenty of clapping and foot stompin’ to the songs they were performing.
The performers sang a number of songs written by Stompin’ Tom. The list included, ‘Bud the Spud,’ ‘Sudbury Saturday Night,’ the ever popular ‘Hockey Song,’ ‘TTC Skidaddler,’ ‘Little Wawa,’ ‘Big Joe Mufferaw,’ ‘Roll On Saskatchewan,’ ‘Gumboot Cloggeroo’ and more.
They also performed a popular blue grass song, ‘Fox on the Run.’
The Good Brothers also had their turn on stage singing Stompin’ Tom numbers and some of their own, which included ‘Shooting Star or The Ballad of Stompin’ Tom.’
Bruce Good said that while Stompin’ Tom might be gone, his songs are still here.
They also played a Gordon Lightfoot number, titled ‘Alberta Bound.’
Russell DeCarte also played some of his own as well as Stompin’ Tom songs, ‘Singing Away My Blues.’
DeCarte also performed another Stompin’ Tom song with Whiskey Jack ‘My Last Farewell.’
Cindy Church sang a Stompin’ Tom number ‘Songbird Valley.’ In addition she sang also Wilf Carter song, Blue Canadian Rockies.” Stompin’ Tom was a big fan of Wilf Carter.
The performers also sang some of their own songs as well.
Church also performed a song she wrote in tribute to Stompin’ Tom, ‘ ‘Confederation Bridge.’
The concert also featured an Elliot Lake woman, Tammi Beeson who sang Stompin’ Tom’s Elliot Lake song ‘Muckin’ Slusher,’ with Whiskey Jack backing her up, which drew a thunderous applause form the crowd.
The performers also joked and had good relationship with the audience, especially when they had them sing along.
Following the show, they sold CDs, books, signed autographs and fans took their photos.
That was the second stop for the ‘Stories and Songs of Stompin’ Tom’ concert on the tour. Their first show was in North Bay on May 8, and the following night they were to perform in Sault Ste. Marie.

Photo by KEVIN McSHEFFREY/THE STANDARDThe Good Brothers performed some of Stompin’ Toms songs as well as some of their own numbers.

Photo by KEVIN McSHEFFREY/THE STANDARDCindy Church was part of the Stories and Songs of Stompin’ Tom concert at the Collins Hall on May 9.

Photo by KEVIN McSHEFFREY/THE STANDARDElliot Lake’s Tammy Beeson performed Stompin’ Tom’s ‘Muckin’ Slusher’.

Photo by KEVIN McSHEFFREY/THE STANDARDRussell DeCarle, of Prairie Oyster, also entertained the crowd at the Stories and Songs of Stompin’ Tom concert.

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