‘It is time’

Lo­cal artist ready to make his first record­ing at age 58

Cape Breton Post - - News Glace Bay / New Waterford & Area - Alice Ross Mira Mo­ments Alice Ross is a res­i­dent of Mar­ion Bridge, em­ployee of the Nova Sco­tia Health Au­thor­ity and a for­mer re­porter. She may be reached via email al­iceross51@hot­mail.

After 41 years of play­ing in halls, bars, and base­ments, Terry Peters of Mar­ion Bridge is about to en­ter un­charted ter­ri­tory.

This larger than life per­son­al­ity ad­mits to be­ing more than a “lit­tle ner­vous” about record­ing his first CD.

With his “Off The Wall Band” back­ing him up, Peters is set to take the stage on Thurs­day, June 1, at the Mar­ion Bridge Recre­ation Hall, 7 p.m., to record live a mix of his own songs and some coun­try fa­vorites on a CD aptly ti­tled, “After All These Years.”

It was dur­ing the re­cent May long week­end when I was able to catch up to Peters to chat about his mu­sic. I found him in his travel trailer at Two Rivers Wildlife Park, where he, his wife Deb­bie and fur baby Bar­ney fre­quently camp. He was joined by a few close friends and was gear­ing up to play some tunes dur­ing a kitchen party be­ing hosted by the park that evening.

Peters re­calls his mu­si­cal be­gin­nings when at 16, he and a buddy played their first “gig” at a tav­ern in Louis­bourg.

“We weren’t even old enough to be in the place,” he laughs.

And let me tell you, when Terry Peters laughs, the world laughs with him.

Strongly in­flu­enced by coun­try mu­sic leg­end, Merle Hag­gard, Peters ad­mits to shed­ding a tear the day Hag­gard passed away.

“My fa­vorite song of his was “Un­cle Lem.” It tells a touch­ing story, but I’ve never per­formed it.”

At 58 and a grand­fa­ther of seven, I had to ask, why now?

“Roland told me I have to do it. I’m not get­ting any younger,” he says.

Peters was re­fer­ring to his good friend, Roland Don­caster. Don­caster says he has known Peters for many years.

“We have played at many kitchen par­ties to­gether and with his large fol­low­ing, it is time to make this record­ing.”

Peters has many friends sup­port­ing this en­deavor. Terry Peters and the Off the Wall Band, have a strong Face­book fol­low­ing with many well-wish­ers of­fer­ing words of en­cour­age­ment.

My fa­vorite com­ment on the fan Face­book page reads, “Maybe you’ll prove to be a late bloomer like Rita and your ca­reer will take off.”

The writer was re­fer­ring to the fact that the iconic Rita MacNeil reached fame later in life. She was 42 when she won a Juno for most promis­ing fe­male artist.

The art­work for the CD jacket will fea­ture Peters’ two good friends, Adele Warner, who Peters refers to as his “adopted sis­ter” and Matthew Hil­liard, both from Mira. It will also show­case the other pas­sion in his life, “Alice.” No, not me, of course, but rather his 1965 GMC truck. This awesome an­tique is his pride and joy and named for his late mother, Alice Peters.

Peters has had a very pos­i­tive im­pact on the lives of Warner and Hil­liard. Hil­liard works and vol­un­teers count­less hours at the Wildlife Park. And Warner has been known to sing with Peters on stage.

“He is a won­der­ful friend and good per­son,” Warner gushes.

Hil­liard shares Warner ‘s sen­ti­ments.

“He has a good heart.” Mem­bers of the Off The Wall Band in­clude Todd Rout­ledge, lead gui­tar; Jake MacNeil, base; Paul Gart­land, drums; and Wayne Quinn, steel pedal gui­tar.

Well-known lo­cal mu­si­cians Aaron Lewis and Mike Wad­den will also lend their tal­ents to the project, help­ing to pro­duce and record the CD.

Fans of Peters and his band are en­cour­aged to be part of this live per­for­mance and record­ing. The weekly Chase the Ace, ben­e­fit­ing Two Rivers Wildlife Park and the Mar­ion Bridge Recre­ation Hall, will also be un­der­way that evening and as an ex­tra bonus, mu­si­cian Sheldon Boutilier, of Al­bert Bridge, will be record­ing his CD.

In re­spond­ing to all the kind re­marks he has been re­ceiv­ing, Peters says he feels hum­bled.

“I might not be go­ing to Nashville, but you guys make me feel like a star here at home.”

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At­ten­tion all food­ies! There is an ex­cit­ing new food

ex­pe­ri­ence com­ing our way, folks. The Mer­maid Mo­bile Ca­ter­ing Truck will spe­cial­ize in great Cape Bre­ton com­fort food, just kicked up a notch. Owner Kara Lackie and hus­band Cory Blun­don, res­i­dents of Gabarus, hope to host their grand open­ing in the Vil­lage in late June. The truck will be around the Mar­ion Bridge area for Mira Gala festivities and the cou­ple hope to se­cure reg­u­lar spots at the Mira Boat Club, The Gabarus Sea­wall and the Syd­ney Curl­ing Club.

Lackie is a grad­u­ate of the culi­nary school of Ge­orge Univer­sity in Toronto. She is a trained, head pas­try chef and Blun­don is an ex­pe­ri­enced short or­der cook. They have worked in Toronto, New Zealand and at the Fogo Is­land Inn, New­found­land.

The Mer­maid Mo­bile Ca­ter­ing Truck guar­an­tees that all dishes will be made from scratch us­ing lo­cal in­gre­di­ents. There will be a break­fast, lunch and din­ner menu and of course, yummy desserts.

Be­ing a self-de­scribed “foodie,” I will keep you posted. ***

Mira Gala is mak­ing its tri­umphant re­turn to cel­e­brate Canada’s 150th birth­day.

Festivities will kick off July 1 with the Canada Day pa­rade fol­lowed by an af­ter­noon of fam­ily fun in MacPher­son’s Field and of course, the pa­rade of sail from the Mira Boat club to Mar­ion Bridge for the spec­tac­u­lar fire­works show at dusk. Lots more is planned.

The Mira Boat Club will be host­ing the sum­mer kick off party, Satur­day, June 3, at 8 p.m. Gary Chew and John Ken­dall will sup­ply the en­ter­tain­ment. The first poker run of the sea­son will take place June 24.

For more in­for­ma­tion about Mira Gala and other events in the Mira area, please visit the web page www.mar­ion-bridge.ca or google Mira Boat Club events.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Terry Peters and his band will record their first CD, live, ti­tled “After All These Years” at the Mar­ion Bridge Recre­ation Hall June 1 at 7 p.m. Peters is joined here by friends Matthew Hil­liard and Adele Warner. Hil­liard and Warner will be fea­tured on the CD jacket art­work.

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