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Floyd Sillito and friends share a few lessons about old country music

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It is always an educational experience to see Floyd Sillito play. He returned to a regular gig at the Lethbridge Public Library, Wednesday, April 6. I caught him mid set with special guests Barry Kfeick on bass lead guitarist Larry Kunakel and vocalist Jill Timleck. Barry Kfeick, Jill Timleck, Larry Kunakel and Flloyd Sillitoat the Lethbridge Public Library. Photo by Richard Amery

They played a set of traditional country music from the ’30s and ’40s.

I arrived in time to hear Jill Timleck  playing some traditional country and yodelling. Sillito called out the key to his band mates in between sharing the stories behind the songs. He lead the intimate audience through a rousing rendition of “You Are My Sunshine,” saying  abut 100 people had recorded it since 1939.

“Red Rose Cafe” was a highlight as  Sillito described it by saying “this song tells you what happens at the Red Rose Cafe,” as he lead his band through the Irish waltz in A minor.

 He stepped back and let his lead guitarist  have a solo spot on a Chet Atkins  inspired  instrumental of “Skip To My Lou.”
He  then played Woody Guthrie’s “Gypsy Davy,” introducing  by saying “This song tells you what happened to Gypsy Davy.”

 He wound down his set with a Rita MacNeil/ Men Of the Deep song about mining and ended with “Happy Trails.”

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 13 April 2016 11:53 )  
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