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The Guilty Pleasures

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I just wanted to let everyone know who the Guilty Pleasures are. They are the group of wonderful musicians who will be joining me this Saturday Night, May 28, at the Irish Cultural Centre. It’s located in Calgary at 6452 – 35 Avenue NW. The concert is put on by the Foothill Bluegrass Music Society .

The Guilty Pleasures are;

Byron Myhre on Fiddle, mandolin and guitar. Will White on guitar and banjo and Keith Burgess on bass. That’s Byron on the fiddle and Will on the banjo in the picture, back stage at the Winspear Centre in Edmonton, warming up to open for the banjo legend,¬†Earl Scruggs.

Here is one of my oldest musical friends, Keith Burgess on his funky upright  electric bass.

Keith and I started playing together in 1988 in a band that was aptly named “Slim Pickens.” After a trip from Edmonton to Smithers, BC in a 1972 Ford Econoline van that swayed more than a drunk on day 5 of a 4 day bender, the band broke up. Out of it’s ashes, the group Jerusalem Ridge was formed. Keith and I played together in that band for nearly 20 years. He is a great, talented guy and and a joy to play with.

Here is a video of  Jerusalem Ridge performing Dueling Banjos with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. What a gas!

A few years after Jerusalem Ridge was formed, we were lucky enough to have an incredible young fiddler join the band, Byron Myhre. He is one the best musicians I have had the luck to get to play with. He owns Myhres Music in Edmonton and he can get you a great deal on a slightly used kazoo. Byron and I have been like brothers since we met.

I met Will White in 2002 when both our daughters, Ella and Bella, were in the same daycare. We found out we both played bluegrass and he ended up coming over to jam one night. I knew I had found a life long friend and partner when he brought over a package of prosciutto ham to that first jam session.

Will and I formed the band Widow Maker with Byron, Dale Ulan and my wife Julie Kerr.

Will has become a very talented songwriter and has just released an excellent CD of his original songs titled Rise Above.

I hope you can come out and see these fantastic musicians. It promises to be a lot of fun.


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