THUNDER BAY, ON ---- October 5, 2012 ---- For the thirty years that I have followed Rodney Brown’s musical career, he has appeared on a variety of stages—pubs, coffeehouses, and folk festivals across Canada and the UK; schools in Thunder Bay and throughout NWO; Labour Day and union picnics; Christmas concerts and Teddy Bear picnics; and, most recently, the Thunder Bay Blues Festival with his band The Derailers. In addition to performing and touring, he has released 10 albums, including two for children.
On Friday, October 19 at 8:00 p.m., Rodney Brown will have achieved his most ambitious project by launching his latest CD, “Songs of Fort William,” on the world-class stage of the Thunder Bay Community Auditorium. Accompanied by Music Director, Arthur Post, and the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra, this special concert will highlight Rodney’s historical songs, orchestrated by composer Lise Vaugeois, which recount the lives of explorers, fur traders, country wives, voyageurs and First Nations peoples at the North West Company fur trading post on the banks of the Kam River dating back 200 years. The evening will open with a series of ceremonial pieces by the Thunder Mountain Singers, fiddler Pierre Schryer and piper Ryan Moore.
As a special feature, the concert will premiere a video of the recent unveiling of William McGillivray’s new burial plaque which replaces the original grave marker of Fort William’s namesake which was destroyed by bombs during WWII. This occasion marks the culmination of a project initiated by Rodney in 2007 while on a research trip to London.
As an added bonus, for $5 and a ticket stub, everyone is invited to an after-show party/dance at the Finlandia Club featuring Rodney, his band The Derailers, and other special guests.
Don’t miss this opportunity to celebrate Rodney Brown as he stages this milestone event and champions our unique Thunder Bay roots.
Eda Leaman, long-time follower
Photo by Shannon Lepere