Jul 13 2012

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Jamfest brings out the ‘new country’ music spirit

The Quyon Jamfest kicked off on June 29. Photo by Hamish McKillop, THE EQUITY

Equity Reporter

The 12th annual Quyon Jamfest, organized and hosted by the local Quyon non-profit organization The Ensemble, had heads bopping and fingers snapping this year, featuring some country talent new to the Ensemble Grounds.

For $10 per person, and free admission for kids, people got to drive in their camper trailers, park them and come out and get their fix of hot country music from local bands and artists.

The first day of the country music festival kicked off June 29 at around 6:45 p.m. with the opening ceremonies. NDP MP Mathieu Ravignat and Pontiac Councilor Lynne Beaton were in attendance, according to Lorne Brady, one of the directors of the Quyon Ensemble.

Performers that evening were Joanne Dubeau, Blackjack and Ran$om, a new group this year and a band that only came together less than two months ago.

The group also played in Otter Lake on Saturday to which lead singer Arnold Trudeau, 41, said, “we’re ready for it.”

“We’re trying to introduce something new to Pontiac, to get in some new country,” said Trudeau, who this “new country” or “hot country” music is a classification of more contemporary, upbeat country music popularized by artists like Garth Brooks in the mid-1990s.

He said singers like Brooks “changed the style of it” leading to more modern styles of country music known today, with a clean country theme and a classic rock type of sound.

“New stuff’s pretty hard to do, so it takes some pretty talented guys to do that,” Trudeau reflected on the “young talent” he observed emerging from the Jam Fest performances.

See Page three of the July 11, 2012 issue of THE EQUITY for more.

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