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Tribute to country music legends to benefit Summerside church and QEH

Country Blend consists of: (back, from left) Gordy “Crazy Fingers” Lindquist, Henry Martens, Ken Lodge, (front) Diane Lodge and Evelyn Ramage.
Country Blend consists of: (back, from left) Gordy “Crazy Fingers” Lindquist, Henry Martens, Ken Lodge, (front) Diane Lodge and Evelyn Ramage.

SUMMERSIDE, P.E.I. – Country Blend is coming back to P.E.I. by popular demand. They offer a mix of traditional country music, country gospel, and a generous sprinkling of humour - all performed at a comfortable listening volume.

Their song repertoire is comprised of hits from the great music legends including Johnny Cash, Kitty Wells, Jim Reeves, Loretta Lynn, Patsy Cline, Willie Nelson, and Hank Williams Jr. The high energy of Gordy “Crazy Fingers” Lindquist will keep you in stitches. The smooth voices of Dianne Lodge, Evelyn Ramage, and Henry Martens blend in beautiful harmony with the guitar, bass, and piano. Rounding out the sound is the soft beat of Ken Lodge on the drums.            

Country Blend has been touring since 2004. Collectively, the group has recorded 10 CDs and have made these songs available for listening on their website countryblend.ca for no charge.  Two of these CDs feature Lindquist on piano sharing his renditions of favourites such as “Somewhere My Love” and “The Green Green Grass of Home.” His live performances highlight his showmanship and sense of humour.

Most of the band members hail from farming communities in Manitoba.   

Orville Curtis is presenting Country Blend in two P.E.I. concerts. The first will be held Friday, Oct. 6, at Our Lady of the Assumption Parish Centre, 145 Stratford Road, Stratford, starting at 7:30 p.m. Proceeds will be donated to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Foundation.

The second concert will be held Saturday, Oct. 7, at the Trinity United Church at 90 Spring St., Summerside.  Proceeds will be donated back to the Trinity United Church.

Both shows start at 7:30 p.m. The tickets are $20 each. Advance tickets for Friday’s show can be picked up at the QEH Foundation located in the QEH in Charlottetown. Advance tickets for Saturday’s show are available through Trinity United Church by calling 902-436-3155, or contact Curtis at 902-629-5114 or 902-368-1041. Some tickets will be available at the doors. Both shows are wheelchair accessible.  

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