Fred Eaglesmith to help celebrate Big Nickel's birthday

By: Heidi Ulrichsen - Sudbury Northern Life

 | Jul 14, 2014 - 4:02 PM |
Singer-songwriter Fred Eaglesmith is set to play at Dynamic Earth July 22 at the celebration of the Big Nickel's 50th anniversary. Supplied photo.

Singer-songwriter Fred Eaglesmith is set to play at Dynamic Earth July 22 at the celebration of the Big Nickel's 50th anniversary. Supplied photo.

Compared to the communities where Fred Eaglesmith has been playing recently, Sudbury probably seems like a bustling metropolis.

The alternative country musician has been on a tour of cottage country, playing in small towns such as Killarney and Noelville.

The 57-year-old said he'd played big venues for years, but got sick of it, and decided tiny communities were where he wanted to be.

“It's been really good,” said Eaglesmith, who has toured extensively in Canada and the United States since the 1970s. “They're not big shows, but they're really fun shows. People are happy that you've come to their town.”

But at the invitation of Dynamic Earth, Eaglesmith is taking a break from his small town tour July 22 to become the headliner at the 50th anniversary party for the Big Nickel.

He's set to present an outdoor concert at the venue starting at 9 p.m. 

Other musical entertainment at Dynamic Earth July 22 includes the local acts Shriners Club Hillbilly Ramblers, Chicks with Picks, The Giselles and Larry Berrio. All of the concerts are free.

While Eaglesmith often plays with his band, known variously as the Flying Squirrels or The Flathead Noodlers, he's performing solo in Sudbury.

You can expect a few laughs, as Eaglesmith said he tries to counterbalance the typically serious nature of his songs by injecting humorous stories into his concerts.

While Eaglesmith is known for his songs about rural life, including tractors and farming, he said as he's gotten older, he's started writing about subjects that anyone can relate to.

“I try to write what in days gone by would be considered classics — songs that anybody can sing,” he said.

Did you know?

Fred Eaglesmith's fans are known as "Fredheads,” a nod to Deadheads, who followed The Grateful Dead.

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Heidi Ulrichsen

Heidi Ulrichsen

Staff Writer


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