Deep from the depths of northern Canada, international touring award nominated road poet Gordie Tentrees is coming to Bancroft for one night, on November 15, for a memory-making show at the Village Playhouse.
Armed with words, acoustic guitar, bottleneck dobro, harmonica, porch board bass and snare tambourine, Tentrees will be joined by legendary Canadian sideman/songwriter Jaxon Haldane on musical saw, cigar box guitars, banjo, mandolin and brotherly harmonies.
Born in Hamilton, Ontario, the product of a colorful broken home, Tentrees was raised on a family farm, then bounced around foster home homes, finding focus in sport and eventually becoming a golden glove boxer. From the ring to the stage, with stops in between as a school teacher and youth worker, he says he has been grateful for every moment.
“I feel fortunate to have had such unfortunate moments that have enabled me to become who I am on stage, or off, ” says Tentrees. “I got to write out my past, let go and define my future all through songs.”
When he moved to the Yukon at 24 years of age Tentrees started writing and performing songs.
“I was always comfortable with words in a family of writers/poets that started with my grandmother, 70’s west coast poet Rosemary Hollingshead, and further enhanced by the stellar songwriting musicians den in Whitehorse,” Tentrees explains. “My evolution with songwriting, guitar and harp playing is directly related to my focus as a boxer. I knew it would take 10,000 hours to learn finger-style guitar much like it took as much to throw the perfect hook in the ring.”
In the early years, Fred Eaglesmith took him on the road to Europe/UK and even a historic tour of Route 66 in the US from Chicago to Santa Monica, offering helpful advice and support with an introduction to the reality of the business of music while encouraging Tentrees to make own way.
He has since shared the stage with Mary Gauthier, James Cotten, Steve Poltz, Fred Penner, Danny Michel, Blackie & The Rodeo Kings and Kelly Joe Phelps; studying every sound they made on and off the stage and finally, making his own noise.
Tentrees promises an evening of real music from a very real guy on Nov. 15 when he takes over the stage at the Bancroft Village Playhouse, with Jaxon Haldane, as part of Hospice North Hastings’ Caring Through Culture initiative.
Tickets are on sale now for $25 at Harvest Moon, Posie’s, Vintage on Hastings, Hospice House and online at www.bancroftvillageplayhouse.ca. oors and bar at 6pm, show starts at 7pm. Proceeds to Hospice North Hastings.