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Mudmen bring Old Plaid Shirt Tour to Shelburne

February 8, 2017   ·   0 Comments

By Michelle Janzen

 

Mark your calendars and wear a plaid shirt!

The Mudmen are asking all of those attending their concert on Friday, February 24, at Grace Tipling Hall to wear a plaid shirt in celebration of their latest album “Old Plaid Shirt.”

With a list of accomplishments longer then both my arms put together, the Mudmen are a blast of Celtic energy that have been rocking since 1993.

Brothers Sandy and Robby Campbell, who play the bagpipes, founded the band that was originally named “The Campbell Brothers,” until they signed with EMI records and changed the band’s name to Mudmen in 1998.

In their early years, the band was likely to be found as the opening act from punk rockers DOA to The Irish Rovers. Over time, the Mudmen refined their sound, adding banjo and vocals to the mix, however you will still find bagpipes are the heart of their music.

“We like performing at smaller venues around Ontario, with our concerts often feeling more like a reunion,” explained Robby in a telephone interview with the Shelburne Free Press. “This way you see live entertainment locally without it costing you the shirt off your back. There are so many places in Ontario that people tend to drive by and not even think about, and when they find out it’s a theater, they’re surprised, and Shelburne’s Grace Tipling Hall is one of those.”

Campbell admits he will never give up his dream of playing in a massive sold-out arena concert, but says there are definite advantages to the Mudmen lining up gigs in smaller, small-town theatres like Grace Tipling Hall.

The Mudmen have a well established reputation for entertaining audiences at typically Canadian sport related events that have included the reunions of the 1984 Oilers Stanley Cup Gala reunion with Wayne Gretzky, Sarah McLaughlin, Red Ryder, and full team present.

In 2008, the Campbell Brothers were asked to perform on the new “Hockey Night in Canada” theme song produced by Canadian Icon Bob Rock, where Ron McLean quoted, “Mudmen we love em.”

This led to many opportunities including a three month tour, PBS special/DVD, and a performance at the Canadian Country Music awards with Johnny Reid.

In 2015, the Mudmen performed at the Canadian Football League’s 2015 Grey Cup game in Winnipeg, with their music being been featured on Xbox and PlayStation games, NBC’s television show “Black Donnellys,” WWE Wrestling, Don Cherry’s  9, 19, 20, 21, 24, 27 hockey videos, The Mackenzie Brothers TWO-FOUR Special on CBC, HBO’S Shameless, HNIC Coach’s Corner (Dale Hunter tribute), and six music videos on Much Music. They’ve also reached top 20 on the Edge radio.

The Mudmen have appeared twice on Parliament Hill for Canada Day where they performed and shook hands with the Queen, performed at the Edmonton Oilers & Calgary Flames home opening game ceremonies on CBC, and guested on The MacKenzie Brothers 24 Anniversary, CBC.

With over 2,500 shows to date, The Mudmen have nine studio recording and will be celebrating their 20th anniversary in March of 2018.

The February 24 show begins at 8 p.m.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for kids.

Tickets can be purchased at Grace Tipling Hall, online at www.ticketscene.ca or at the door.

For more information on the Mudmen visit their website at www.mudmen.ca.

         

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