Humour – and hot licks

Wendell Ferguson will make his debut performance at the Cumberland Hotel.

WENDELL FERGUSON makes his Comox Valley debut this Thursday at the Cumberland Hotel

WENDELL FERGUSON makes his Comox Valley debut this Thursday at the Cumberland Hotel

Part funnyman and part extraordinary guitarist, Wendell Ferguson will make his debut performance in the Comox Valley this Thursday at the Cumberland Hotel.

“He’s played with the biggest names in the business,” says MusicFest artistic director Doug Cox, “and we are thrilled to present this intimate show at the Cumberland Hotel as part of our fall concert series.”

A guitarist’s guitarist, Ferguson has played with many of the greats including Shania Twain, Dixie Chicks, Gordon Lightfoot, Sylvia Tyson, Deana Carter, Keith Urban, Buddy Miller, Jane Siberry, Patty

Loveless, Emmylou Harris, Tommy Hunter, Ian Tyson, James Keelaghan, Tommy Emmanuel, Paul Brandt, Murray McLauchlan, Suzie Vinnick, Lynn Miles, Prairie Oyster, George Canyon — the list is endless.

And he’s won his fair share of awards doing it. He’s won the CCMA (Canadian Country Music Associations’ ) Guitar Player of the Year Award so many times they had to retire him from the running. And most recently his CD Menage A Moi has won the Best Instrumental Album at the Canadian Folk Music Awards.

Aside from his stunning musicianship, Wendell is also known for his hilarious parody s and songs that help make his concerts a complete experience full of exemplar playing and funny stories and songs. He is one of the funniest guitar players around!

“The shows we are presenting at the Cumberland Hotel are partial fundraisers for MusicFest,” adds Cox. “We are trying to harken back to the ‘folk club’ shows we used to present at the Edge Pub in Comox and Cresslynn and her staff at the Cumberland have done a fantastic job of setting the mood for these shows. There is really room right now for this type of presentation in the Valley.”

“If you are a guitar player here in the Valley or simply a fan of great acoustic and country music, this show you don’t want to miss!”

Advance tickets cost $20 at the Cumberland Hotel. Call 250-336-8844 for more information.

— Vancouver Island MusicFest


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