It is always a pleasure to help out friends. I received an email from a friend on the west coast who is one of the originators of house concerts. Their friends were planning a CD release concert tour and had an open date, so I was contacted to see what I could do. Well, I am pleased to announce that I was able to arrange and host a date on the tour and here are the details!
On April 15th 2023 at 7PM, there will be the Cox & McRae concert at the Masonic Hall (366 Market Ave.) in Grand Forks. The Cox & McRae concert tour is to promote their new CD and will make a well appreciated stop in the quaint city of Grand Forks.
The duo of Doug Cox and Linda McRae require no introduction in the entertainment industry but for the rest of us, we may know that Linda was a member of the Canadian musical sensation Spirit of the West as singer, and accordionist while Doug, being a slide guitar virtuoso in his own right, played on some of the greatest folk and country music recordings. Both Cox & McRae spend their time between the West Coast of Canada and Nashville, Tennessee.
I have been working on a media transfer project the past while. I received around 80 hours of reel to reel tape. The tapes were my late grandfather’s. (It should be mentioned that his reel to reel inspired me to become an audio engineer.) I’m transferring all the tapes to digital. It’s a slow process but it’s a labour of love.
My grandfather was an accordionist. Well known too! He had a live radio show on CKCK in Regina long long ago. So going though the tapes I found one that has some interesting history to it. It starts with him introducing a Mr. Marconi. The first bit of the tape is missing but he mentions that Marconi is not the one who invented the radio, but his second cousin! Yes! My grandfather has him say something in Italian and then the two jam with Marconi on trumpet!
The first part of the show is about the Campbell River film industry and how the North Island College program is preparing the region. The second part of the episode is an interview with singer Dawn Pemberton.