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Cinco de Mayo open mic party at Gavan’s

Gavan's Hotel in Quyon was filled with all kinds of old-time country, rock, and everything in between on Saturday afternoon for a Cinco de Mayo open mic. From left: Bob Webb, Phil Jenkins and D'Arcy McGuire belt out a tune.

CALEB NICKERSON
QUYON May 5, 2018
Keeping with their reputation as a musical hub in the Ottawa Valley, Gavan's Hotel in Quyon was host to a musical expo like no other on Saturday afternoon. Serving as a fundraiser for the town's Canada Day fireworks, the event started just after noon with a well-attended open mic, featuring everything from classic rock to country and bluegrass. As the afternoon turned into evening, two area bands took to the stage.
“Michael Whalen was the inspiration. He's in a band called Ladies and Escorts,” explained Cindy Forin, who organized the event along with hosts Sue Johnson and Christian Patterson. “Their focus is on the old-time taverns. They're a four-piece, two men, two ladies, doing the old country songs.

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