Wear plaid for The Mudmen

Hospice - Mudmen May 2017 (2)When the young Campbell brothers were offered free bagpipe lessons by a small-town barber to help fill out a pipe band, the boys from Petrolia had no idea where their music would take them.

Robby and Sandy Campbell, better known as The Mudmen, are part of Canada’s cultural soundtrack and on May 12 the Celtic rock warriors bring their high-energy music to the stage of the Village Playhouse.

The Mudmen have added their pipes to the “Hockey Night in Canada” theme, they’ve played multiple Walk for Fame ceremonies, they’ve opened for ZZ Top, the Guess Who and they shook the Queen’s hand on live television on Parliament Hill. With 2,500 shows under their kilts, the Mudmen are still enjoying the journey.

In a phone interview last week, squeezed-in while shopping at Canadian Tire, Sandy Campbell laughed and said he keeps it fresh by doing lots of laundry.

the-queen-n-the-campbell-brothers-mudpipersThe band loves touring, playing music, sharing stories, and always changing things up. It’s been 18 years of adventure – and not all good. The Canadian rock and roll scene is a tough one but when Campbell shares highlights of his journey you can hear the pride in his voice. And the stories that he shares during live shows are as meaningful as the music.

Campbell says the Irish Rovers gave the Mudmen their first break and that 18 years of touring has brought them into the lives of great Canadians and everyday folks that enjoy good music and storytelling.

When the Mudmen descend on Bancroft on May 12 they will be bringing fan favourite tunes as well as an album of new material. Their new record, “Old Plaid Shirt,” has a sound that just seems to fit with life in North Hastings so to celebrate the event, fans are asked to wear their best plaid shirt. Sandy Campbell promises to visit with fans after the show and he’s looking forward to playing a new venue as the Mudmen continue to tour across Canada.

The Mudmen bring their show to the Bancroft Village Playhouse on Friday, May 12 at 8pm. Tickets are $25 at Hospice House, Harvest Moon and Posies. Doors and bar at 7pm and proceeds of the show support Hospice North Hastings as part of what they call caring through culture.