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Celtic rockers set to perform at kayak festival

TIMMINS – 

The last time Mudmen gigged in Timmins their Celtic Rock sound and the bagpipes of brothers Robby and Sandy Campbell were set to stun mode.

In fact it turned the Victory Tavern and 200 people into Scottish/Irish rock central.

I was there and it was a lot of fun.

Now multiply that 200 people by 20 times more and you will have them performing at The Kayak Challenge with thousands getting carried away whether you’re French, Irish, Scottish, Italian or whatever.

Mudmen continue to please audiences in Canada and North America.

People have been more than happy to rock out Celtic when the group play original music from their nine-album career.

If that was not enough the group has also been known to cover many traditional Irish, Welsh or Scottish folk songs.

They have had shows ranging from gigging at the Edmonton Oilers ’84 Cup Reunion Party with Wayne Gretzky to playing for the Queen on Parliament Hill Canada Day, over to the U.S. to play Celtic festivals or rocking a pub.

“When Ron MacLean calls you one of his favourite artists, it carries a lot of weight,” Scotty Campbell had told me in our last interview.

He also added. “But at the same time, you have to keep working.

“You can play for 5,000 people at a festival but may not sell a lot of CDs and merchandise. They are there for the beer.

“However if you play a nice theatre show, people really listen and pick up your merchandise,” said Campbell.

Mudmen’s latest album 2016’s Old Plaid Shirt, I highly recommend and I have had it on my vehicle listen list since it was announced the band would return to Timmins.

In fact, the CD scored high at iTunes where at least three songs including the title track, Whiskey Princess and Been Somewhere were rated almost as high as their classic songs Drink and Fight, Saturday and Five O’Clock.

Besides the Campbell brothers, the band is lead singer Mike Meacher, gifted bassist Dan…

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