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When the Sheepdogs last visited the Western Fair, in 2014, their show was a stormy one. That’s because a late-summer Southwestern Ontario thunderstorm forced the Saskatoon rockers — known for such numbers as I Don’t Know and Southern Dreaming — to abandon their plans to play.

“By scheduled show time, the wind was strong and rain was lashing the midway for the second time after Friday’s morning downpour. Flashes of lightning occasionally gave the darkened rides near the stage a haunted, movie-set look. Sheepdog weather it was not,” the Free Press reported on Sept. 5 of that year.

“Sorry folks, show tonight is cancelled due to weather,” the band informed fans via Twitter that night.

So if Sheepdog fans are feeling an extra ounce of anticipation this week, it’s because they can’t wait to see the band take another crack at the fair, this time playing the Agriplex.

The bearded and mustachioed group is made up of lead vocalist and guitarist Ewan Currie, bass player Ryan Gullen, drummer Sam Corbett, guitarist Jimmy Bowskill, and Shamus Currie, Ewan’s brother, on trombone, keyboards and tambourine.

The Sheepdogs are often compared to such southern-fried rockers as the Allman Brothers Band. Their videos are unapologetic in evoking an earlier era, like the clip for I Don’t Know, which — with its Volkswagen camping vans, hippies and retro fashions — looks like it could have been shot at Woodstock in 1969.

The band was launched into the mainstream when it won a contest to become the first-ever unsigned group to be featured on the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine in 2011.

If you go

What: Sheepdogs rock London

Where: Western Fair Agriplex, 845 Florence St.

When: Thursday

Tickets: $20 (includes fair admission)


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