SPRINGHILL – The Anne Murray tribute concert in Springhill was successful in drawing in approximately 650 people as the 125th celebrations in Springhill came to a close.
Co-organizer Chris Gooding said it the show went well and according to schedule, something not always easy to do in the music business.
“There were no problems, everything went so well. I'm pumped. I was so pleased with everybody.” Gooding teamed up with Marcie Meekins, the executive director of the Anne Murray centre in Springhill to put on the concert, hiring a sound and stage company from Moncton to offer a big-stage production.
“Months of work goes into an event like this, but it all starts with an idea,” Meekins said. “It is also the volunteers that allow us to do these sort of things.”
“I was asked to organize it just after Boxing Day,” said Gooding. “I [had] said to Marcie 'I want to get local acts to cover a couple of their own tracks and do an Anne Murray cover.’ We managed to get the top of the crop. We stopped at 10 acts, but then ended up with 12. This is just the tip of the iceberg for local talent in the area. We had to stop at 12.”
The show began at 7p.m. and went until 9 p.m. and used a batter-on-deck philosophy. Once one artist was on stage the other would be waiting to go next, said Gooding.
“A lot of credit goes to the musicians for making this work. I hope we now have 600 additional fans for the acts here. We had a really good team and sound company. We put on a great show.”
Performing at the concert were Fresia, Leah Killen and Gerald Davis, Third Zero, the Shakedown Combo, Rocky Ripley, Michelle Leblanc, Sweet Addiction, Chris James, Castlereagh, Rob Harrison, Barry Patriquin, and D.C. Smith and the Streamliners.