Spinney Brothers bring bluegrass to Sudbury

By: Heidi Ulrichsen - Sudbury Northern Life

 | Aug 01, 2014 - 10:31 AM |
The Spinney Brothers is set to perform at the Grace Hartman Amphitheatre Aug. 13 as part of the Vale Summer Concert Series. Supplied photo.

The Spinney Brothers is set to perform at the Grace Hartman Amphitheatre Aug. 13 as part of the Vale Summer Concert Series. Supplied photo.

Band looks forward to outdoors performance

The next performance in the Vale Summer Concert Series, set to take place at the Grace Hartman Amphitheatre Aug. 13, is a treat for bluegrass fans.

The Spinney Brothers — made up of brothers Allan and Rick Spinney, as well as Gary Dalrymple and Terry Poirier — is a southern-flavoured traditional bluegrass band from the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia.

In an email to Northern Life, Rick Spinney said although the band has toured extensively in Canada in the United States over the past 22 years, this is its first time performing in Sudbury, and the members are excited for the show. 

“Folks can expect a high-energy, family-oriented show with lots of hard-driving music focusing on the brother duet harmony,” he said.

“Outside venues are the preferred performances (providing the weather is decent). It really gives a live and energetic feel.”

Rick Spinney said he enjoys performing with his brother.

“I have worked nearly my entire adult life with my brother Allan, from logging in British Columbia to farming in Nova Scotia,” he said.

“It is a blessing to now spend nearly every day with my brother, performing music and doing what we love to do. We are very close and actually share the same birthday, exactly one year apart.”

Admission to all concerts in the Vale Summer Concert Series is free, but monetary donations to the Sudbury Food Bank are welcomed. All concerts start at 7 p.m. at the Grace Hartman Amphitheatre.

The concert series concludes Sept. 17 with a performance by Barney Bentail.

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Heidi Ulrichsen

Heidi Ulrichsen

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