Buddy Wasisname and the Other Fellers still got it after 30 years

Derek Montague
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Buddy Wasisname and the Other Fellers

Buddy Wasisname and the Other Fellers had the audience in the palm of their hands during their three performances at the Lawrence O'Brien Arts Centre in Happy Valley- Goose Bay.

The crowd soaked up every moment; laughing to tears from the hilarious skits like Da Yammie, and listening intently to the more emotional songs such as Salt Water Joys.

This year marks the 30th anniversary for the trio. They may be long in the tooth, but the quality of their performances hasn't decreased in the slightest. Since they've been around so long, the audience has been become multi-generational. During their three performances in Goose Bay, the age of the crowd ranged from pre-teen to senior citizen.

The attraction of young people coming out to see us, That's very important," says group member Ray Johnson. "I think it's the fact that the parents are after bringing them out so see us that it's caught on.

While everyone across the province has heard of the group, many people were treated to their very first Buddy Wasisname and the Other Fellers concert at the Arts Centre last week.

"I'm relatively new to Labrador, so it's all quite interesting," says Steve Joudry. "It's real humour, you can understand what they're saying and they have a good way of describing it so it touches everybody.

Others saw them in the past, but were back to more entertainment from the trio.

"I think it's excellent. I came here last year. I'm glad that they changed (the show) up, even though I would have watched the same thing over again," says Jeremy Billard.

The best part about going to see Buddy Wasisname and the other fellers is the variety of the show. The group can have you in stitches one moment with their skits and novelty songs, and have you feeling emotional the next with their lyrics and soft tunes.

"The highlight is, if you can make people laugh and then bring them down to an emotional place with something like Salt Water Joys, I think we've done something to allow people to go home with a good thought, feeling wonderful and so forth," says Ray Johnson.

During their third show, the biggest hit was a skit where Kevin put Ray on his lap, and the two did a ventriloquist skit, where Ray pretended to be the wooden dummy.

Only live can one see the humorous facial expressions and antics of Kevin Blackmore and the musical talents of Wayne Chaulk and Ray Johnson. The three members have their own unique talents and they feed off each other very well.

Playing a high-energy show three nights in a row can be tough, but the group says it's all worth it at the end of the night.

"All of that you forget about, when you see what it's all about," says Wayne Chaulk. "When you get the reaction and people enjoy what you're doing, you forget about the misery of travelling and stuff."

Organizations: Lawrence O'Brien Arts Centre

Geographic location: Goose Bay, Happy Valley, Labrador

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