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Bobby Wills is coming all the way from Calgary, to li'l ol' Tburg to headline the big Bandshell Bash, the first concert at the Kinsmen’s Bandshell in Memorial Park, Friday, June 1st.

Yeehaw! We are gonna party Tillsonburg style, which means bring the whole family.

Music is for all ages and the Kinsmen certainly have included that thought in organizing their first concert on June 1s, for they will be starting at 6 p.m. with Cassie, Hannah and Haley of the well-known and popular and local Small Town Girls. An amazing trio on their way up the Country Music ladder of fame.

Next on the bill at 7 p.m. will be London’s Julia Haggarty who actually has recorded the song ‘Small Town Girl’. (There is a coincidence!) Julia has quite a diversified musical back ground with years of lessons and performances around the world but blossomed when she focused on her own music.

While reading about her history, on her website, I decided to share this, “she has emerged more as an artist, songwriter, vocal coach, mentor and community builder.” She is also described as having ‘a seasoned performer with a strong moral and musical foundation’. How wonderful for another rising star to be proud of being a mentor, community builder and have a moral foundation. What a wonderful opportunity for the opening act to meet Julia and see how careers and life can be shaped.

Also playing on this eclectic country music evening at 8 p.m. will be the kilted, plaid and jeaned, Mudmen, whom I have had the pleasure of meeting when they performed at the Otter Valley Playhouse. Who would have thought mixing bagpipes and rock! ‘Canada’s Celtic Rock Warriors Mudmen’ will provide Celtic music and stories with bagpipes, banjos and Celtic rock. This is quite the group who have played Tillsonburg more than a few times. They are celebrating their 20th Anniversary/Old Plaid Shirt Tour and hoping their fans will show their support by the wearing of a plaid shirt. I say get the kilt and sporrans out for them!

Over their two-decade run the group has won many awards and performed with other Canadian greats like Sarah McLachlan. The Mudmen were once known for their wild, high energy shows, mostly in bars, but the boys are older now and prefer to play in theatres and do family events. Another great choice by the Kinsmen!

Bobby Wills, I must confess I didn’t know at all, but quite like the handsome picture on the poster so went online to listen to his music, which I enjoyed. I must confess the pictures online did not show him quite as young but I am still holding out for a handsome headliner.

Bobby is celebrated musician who writes from the heart and because of that has been nominated several times with the Canadian Country Music Associations, Songwriter of the Year. He has toured Canada, performed in the US and when asked what his favourite moment on stage is, he replied: “The rush of the first count. Nothing in the world is as exhilarating as the first downbeat of a show.” I hope the multitude of fans at our Bandshell Bash will give him that same high!

It was nice to read that he is a committed philanthropist and has helped raise funds for the Canadian Museum of Human Rights in Winnipeg.

What a fine lineup our Kinsmen Club has for our entertainment on June 1st and to help our community. Proceeds will be steered to the Lake Lisgar Revitalization Project, specifically to fix an erosion problem near the base of the walking bridge at Lake Lisgar, and other KIN projects in our community.

The Kinsmen Club has been serving Tillsonburg for decades and is a strong healthy group. I love the quote they use by Winston Churchill, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”

Music, food and beer are all available on June 1st, so here is the scoop for the Bandshell Bash, held in Memorial Park at 46 Sanders Street. Tickets ($35) are available at Home Hardware, Chrissy's Corner Store and Danbrook Automotive in Tillsonburg, or online at (search for Bandshell Bash or Bobby Wills). A limited number of VIP tickets are also available for $50, which get fans up close to the stage, with access to VIP cash bar and washrooms - which means 'no lineups for washrooms, no lineups for food, no lineups for beer.'

New wardrobe idea for you, black cowboy hat to honour Bobby and kilts or plaids for the Mudmen. Other than that be comfortable and have fun. 



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