Whiskey Creek at Courtenay Legion

One of the Comox Valley's most talented high school teachers and happening musicians — Charity Munro!

Start with a catchy band name — Whiskey Creek…

Pick unique Celtic arrangements and familiar Irish standards, then pack them into an intense program designed to thrill and soothe, laugh and make you dance…

Choose a musician-friendly venue and a lively audience of mature (?) leprechauns … and you would be living the life of one of the Comox Valley’s most talented high school teachers and happening musicians — Charity Munro!

She and some friends will entertain this Friday at the Courtenay Legion’s infamous Meat Draw and Irish Pub Grub with a random collection of devoted fans.

Charity stepped onto the stage singing Celtic music at the Comox Valley Farmers’ Market, and has gone on to entertain as a member of Hollow Promise and Hazelwood at MusicFest, Duncan Celtfest, the Vancouver Celtic Festival and coffee houses and farmers’ markets up and down the island.

She drums the bodhran and sings like an angel, blending her dynamic style with groups like Time Well Wasted. Charity is about to introduce a new jazz group, as yet unnamed, featuring some of the best jazz musicians in the Comox Valley.

Accompanying Charity this Friday on bass, acoustic guitar and vocals is Tom Walton, another local musician who works at St. Joseph’s Hospital and is a founding member of the Dukes of Dodge.

Originally from Canada’s east coast, Tom has performed at the Big Time Out, Comox Nautical Days and the Waterman Festival. He loves all musical styles, but Celtic East Coast Irish music ranks among his favourites.

Bringing a lifetime of experience to the group is Anela Kahiamoe, a native Hawaiian who cut his teeth playing guitar for some of the legends of his beloved Hawaiian music. When he wasn’t doing that, he was performing many styles of music on cruise ships, working as a session musician, opening for Fleetwood Mac and acting in ’70s TV shows like Magnum PI and Jake and the Fat Man.

Anela is a highly respected musician who has played with many top musicians around the world. He plays guitar, ukulele and mandolin and also enjoys singing up a Celtic storm!

Asked to perform with Whiskey Creek for the Courtenay Legion’s Irish Pub Night this Friday, Charity said, “I am soooooo excited about being at a meat draw! They are hilariously fun!”

Meat draw tickets go on sale at 5:30, supper is served at 6 and music (by donation) begins at 7. Phone 250-334-4322 to confirm a space.

Membership in the Courtenay Legion is open to all members of the community and costs $65 per year. Members volunteer to promote remembrance during the poppy campaign in November and to support veterans, their families and community organizations.

Member support at functions like this one help to keep the Courtenay Legion in operation throughout the year. Membership applications are available any day at the Legion office and at the bar.

— Courtenay Legion

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