Steady Belt laughter
Buddy Wasisname and the Other Fellers coming to Sheila NaGeira Theatre
After 27 years on the road, neither Buddy Wasisname nor The Other Fellers need any introduction.
They certainly don’t need one in Carbonear, just up the shore from Lower Island Cove, where Ray Johnson hangs his hat when he’s not on the road.
The mention of their name is enough to sell out the Sheila NaGeira Theatre every time they play there.
Theatre Administrator Linda Gallant says they are one of the two most popular acts that play the venue on a regular basis. Rising Tide Theatre’s annual Revue is the only other show that can sell out the theatre for as many nights.
The dynamic musical trio will be at the theatre for a five-night run beginning Sept. 28. With two of those nights already sold out, Gallant expects all the shows to be sold out before opening night.
During a visit to The Compass last week, Ray Johnson recalled they started out with one show at the NaGeira Theatre, which opened in 1998, and their run in Carbonear has evolved into five nights to meet the growing demand for seats.
Every year and a half the group produces a brand new show and takes it on the road.
Steady Belt is the title of their latest themed show, which they will bring to the Sheila NaGeira stage later this month.
Describing the show as a mixture of new material along with some old favourites, Johnson promises that audiences are in for a treat.
He said Buddy (Kevin Blackmore) will present some comedic pieces about Newfoundlanders striking it rich in Alberta and coming home in a Cal-ga-ary cowboy hat for a reality check.
Wayne Chaulk, arguably the most serious member of the group, will deliver some old favourites including Salt Water Joys, along with some new material.
Johnson noted Salt Water Joys and Sara are two of their most requested songs.
Johnson himself will take audiences back to his roots on the North Shore of Conception Bay with some recitations. He will also take people back to the old community hall dances by playing parts of seven different tunes that were traditionally played for square dances. Promising not to play the full tunes, Johnson says he plans to take five to seven minutes to run through parts of all the tunes, which would normally take about 25 minutes to play out.
Johnson told The Compass band members spend 60-70 per cent of their time on the road touring. “ The rest is family time along with recording and writing,” he said.
Considering the amount of time they spend travelling around the province and across Canada, one might think they would get tired of the road. When asked if he ever gets sick of it, Johnson responds almost before the question is out. “ No, never,” he replies, adding they are always finding inspiration for new material and look forward to every show.
Ray Johnson, Kevin Blackmore and Wayne Chaulk, collectively known as Buddy Wasisname and The Other Fellers will be at the Sheila NaGeira Theatre in Carbonear later this month for a five-night run.