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Don Haggart brings country music show back to Wentworth


Don Haggart, a classic singer, guitarist, recording artist, and songwriter, and his band performed a wonderful concert showing beauty, sincerity, and skill in their knowledge of what country music means.  

From 7 to 10 p.m. they performed in a style which grabbed one's attention without a single moment of boredom.
The band musicians consisted of Don Lindsay, Hayden Stover, Cathy Ryan, Dave Anderson, George Spalding, and Andy Crossan.
They came from New Glasgow, Dartmouth, and Lower Harmony (near Truro).
Two comments I picked up about the musicians: Cathy Ryan is often referred to as “Nova Scotia's Patsy Kline!” and Hayden Stover from Dartmouth, NS, is age 19 and is talented with the fiddle, accordion, and guitars which he played at the concert.
Hayden is the grandson of Don Lindsay, a drummer from Dartmouth who is age 83 and well known in Nova Scotia music circles.
Haggard was born in New Glasgow and still lives there. Don was given his first guitar and began writing songs at age 13. He performed on TV shows in the mid-60s.
In 1971, Don and his brother Jim played their unique brand of music by combining personal and spiritual lyrics with a grassroots Maritime style.
Hitchhiking to Toronto, Jim landed a contract with RCA records within three months, the brothers composed the song I'm Coming Home, released it in June, 1972, and this song shot to number one on the charts.
Jim and Don toured nationwide, including a performance attended by Queen Elizabeth, and at the request of Premier Pierre Trudeau in 1973 played at one of his campaign visits to Antigonish.
They appeared on Grand Ole Opry, headlined at a West Virginia Jamboree in 1974, and were featured guests on TV shows such as County Time, Tommy Hunter show, Ian Tyson, and George Hamilton IV.
Jim and Don recorded more hits including He, Pictou County Jail, Nashville Girl, and Balladeer. Other artists have recorded their songs.
When his brother Jim decided to pursue his career in the Canadian northwest, Don remained in Nova Scotia writing and composed A Pictou County Christmas.
When Jim came home to New Glasgow, the brothers recorded their Greatest Hits CD in 1999. The brothers were inducted into the Nova Scotia Country Music Hall of Fame in 2006. Sadly, Jim passed away on Sept. 4, 2006.
In November, 2006, Don was recognized by New Glasgow as Ambassador Extraordinaire for contributing towards the international music legacy of Nova Scotia. Don released in November 2009, a new gospel CD named Prayers and Promise (I bought this CD at the Wentworth concert). Don continues to write and perform; he is currently working on a new CD which is a collection of his recently written country songs and which he hopes will be released by the end of this year.
Additional awards which Don has received include Certificate of Recognition from the County of Lunenburg, Certificate of Recognition from the Province of Nova Scotia, C.M.A. Award, and four Juno Award Nominations.
The wonderful concert ended with a beautiful rendition of “Will The Circle Be Unbroken?” This was a magnificent moment.
Haggart agreed to come again next year. Those in Wentworth and area who missed this wonderful concert need to come next year to hear and see country music splendidly performed and experience its true meaning.
 

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