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Chris Mar­shall to play Fenelon Falls United Church June 15

The Lindsay Post - - FRONT PAGE - DAVE FLA­HERTY Lind­say Post Re­porter dave.fla­herty@sun­media.ca

An Elvis Pres­ley trib­ute artist who started with en­cour­age­ment from some friends per­forms in Fenelon Falls to­mor­row.

It will be a walk down mem­ory lane when Fenelon Falls United Church wel­comes "The King" on Satur­day, June 15.

Elvis Pres­ley trib­ute artist Chris Mar­shall will be per­form­ing at the his­toric church.

For the past 12 years, Mar­shall has paid homage to one of the most well­known singers of all-time.

As a high school stu­dent in the 1970s, Mar­shall said he was some­what of a "closet Elvis fan."

He ex­plained that at a time when bands such as Led Zep­pelin were at their peak, his fan­dom was some­thing he didn't share with his friends.

His foray into be­com­ing a trib­ute artist be­gan a few years ago, when per­form­ing with a cou­ple from Bob­cay­geon, Mar­shall en­ter­tained a crowd with a few of Pres­ley's songs.

Mar­shall said there was a pos­i­tive re­sponse and the cou­ple en­cour­aged him to take it to the next level.

"They told me, 'They want more, they want to see Elvis," he said.

So Mar­shall slicked up the jet black hair and pur­chased a jump­suit worth $3,000 - and the rest, he said, is his­tory. "It re­ally took off from there," he said. Mar­shall has per­formed in Canada, the US, Mex­ico, Europe and even Costa Rica.

He's played wed­dings, bar mitz­vahs and even a few fu­ner­als, he said.

He is still amazed by the world­wide pop­u­lar­ity of Pres­ley's mu­sic and per­son­al­ity, con­sid­er­ing he per­formed live mostly ex­clu­sively in North Amer­ica.

Mar­shall's show fo­cuses mainly on the stage of Elvis' ca­reer known as "the con­cert years" or "The Ve­gas years".

He said while he does per­form some ear­lier songs, he prefers the work of Pres­ley from that era and noted it gave him the most ma­te­rial to study.

Al­though there are lit­er­ally mil­lions of Elvis trib­ute artists across the world, Mar­shall said it is not an easy task to take on.

"Elvis' voice can't be taken lightly. He could prob­a­bly sing five dif­fer­ent oc­taves," Mar­shall said.

Even then, "It's not enough to just sound like Elvis, it's not enough to look like Elvis - you have to have the whole pack­age."

He has per­formed many lo­cal shows at le­gions and has played at the church be­fore.

He said it presents a "great acous­ti­cal sound with a nat­u­ral re­verb."

The show will be­gin at 8 p. m. and tick­ets are $15 and can be pur­chased by call­ing Bar­bara at 705- 887- 3579 or at Sweet Bot­toms Cafe, Cor­ner­stone Fur­ni­ture or Mem­ory Lane Mo­tors in Fenelon Falls.

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Elvis trib­ute artist Chris Mar­shall will per­form at Fenelon Falls United Church on Satur­day, June 15. Mar­shall has per­formed across Canada, the U.S., Mex­ico, Europe and even in Costa Rica.

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