Being on stage with Buddy Wasisname and The Other Fellers an unforgettable experience
included everything from moose, fish and berry dishes to homemade bread, cream, jam and toutons.
However the excitement didn’t end there. Later that afternoon Buddy Wasisname (Kevin Blackmore) and the other fellers (Ray Johnson and Wayne Chaulk) made a surprise visit to the school.
The three had heard several students were lyp syncing one of their songs It’s the 24th of May and wanted to be part of it. Grade 5 students Brandon Norman (aka Chaulk) Lucas Higdon (Blackmore) and Travis Russell (Johnson) were almost to the end of the song when Blackmore, Chaulk and Johnson ran out on stage and joined them.
“I couldn’t believe it,” said Lucas. “I didn’t have a clue what was going on and when I looked up and saw Buddy, I thought I must be dreaming or something!”
“Yeah it was really wicked,” added Brandon.“What a big surprise! It was a dream come true!”
“We heard there were a couple of students who were trying to mimic us and we came by to encourage them,” said Buddy. “It’s encouraging to know some of you even want to do that. From what I’ve seen here today, you’re definitely going to replace us.”
The students’ performance and the schools interest in Newfoundland music impressed the comedian.
“I’m proud to see so many young people who enjoy singing Newfoundland songs,” said Buddy.“We need more of these type of events in our schools and among our children to ensure we preserve our heritage and keep this province as solid as a rock.”
The group sang part of the song Sarah and then headed off to Carbonear to perform at the Princess Sheila NaGeira Theatre later that night.
“I really wanted to go to their show in Carbonear and my mom and dad tried to get tickets, but they were all sold out,” said Lucas. “However having the group here at the school was so much better.
Lucas, Brandon and Travis say being on stage with Buddy Wasisname and The Other Fellers was an experience they’ll never forget.
“Everyone did such a good job in keeping it all a secret,” said Travis. “This was a fantastic day. We’re so grateful to Mrs. Brown for organizing it, she’s great, but then again we thought she was great long before this event!”
DEBUT PERFORMANCE - Hannah Reid, Grade 5 student at Woodland Elementary, Dildo, delighted the audience with her piano début of during a June 10 Grandparents Day celebration.