Purple Hill’s Opry band has one more show as summer winds down

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Country-music lovers will get one more chance this summer to enjoy the work of the Purple Hill Country Opry show band.

The theme for the group’s Sunday show is “Welcoming great Canadian talent.”

Also known as the Boys of Purple Hill, the band “features fiddler John P. Allen, pianist Jim Gonder, vocalist/singer and guitarist Guy Melanson, drummer Brian Stoey, bassist Brian Moon and all-round picker/singer Al Widmeyer,” organizer said in a statement this week.

Also on the playbill are “Eric (the Road Warrior) Shain, a long-time singer/composer who helped George Taylor form the original Purple Hill Country Opry Show Band; the deep, mellow voice of Hector Sturgeon, and Gary Nichol, whose vocal range can handle the many Roy Orbison hit songs that Gary loves to sing.”

“One of the original key members, Juno Award-winning Allen stood before an appreciative crowd on the last day of the Purple Hill’s Bluegrass Opry Reunion on Aug. 20 . . . and said: ‘The Purple Hill band is the best Canadian country show band in Canada. I truly believe that.’ ”

The show is a return to Purple Hill’s strongest roots, celebrating great Canadian talent for the autumn series of country and western dinner shows. It takes place on George Taylor’s 350-acre beef farm, which he runs with his wife and son.

Organizers bill Purple Hill as “the place where country-music memories are made today.”

“We don’t bring in American bands. We stick to the Canadian bands,” Taylor told The Free Press in an interview this summer.



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What: Purple Hill Country Opry

Who: The Boys of Purple Hill (also known as the Purple Hill Country Opry Show Band), Eric Shain, Hector Sturgeon, and Gary Nichol

Where: 20903 Purple Hill Rd., Thorndale

When: Sunday 2 p.m.

Tickets: $40 a person, includes roast beef dinner. Email purplehillcountryhall@gmail.com or phone Anna Taylor at 519-461-0538

Online: purplehillcountryhall.com

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