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Catfish Willie entertained at Legion Valentine party

by Anita Locke

The Lakefield Legion played host to Catfish Willie and the Buckle Busters at its Valentine’s Day celebration on Sunday afternoon.

The group, which plays hot western swing, rockabilly and jug-band music, or, as Catfish refers to it, “hillbilly jazz” (also known as country dance music) kept the packed house entertained for the afternoon.

Members of the band include Washboard Hank (Fisher) on banjo and dobro, Matt Watson on mandolin and guitar, Sean Conway (guitar and banjo), Diamond Dave Russell (bull fiddle/standup bass) and Catfish Willie (Lindsay) on acoustic guitar, harmonica and kazoo.

“Everyone in the band,” says Catfish, “sings and shouts and hollers.”

Catfish Willie has been entertaining audiences for over 30 years with his unique brand of music. The band performs an eclectic repertoire of songs from the 1920s through to current originals.

The band draws much of its musical stylings from such groups as Milton Brown and His Musical Brownies, Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys and others.

Making a special guest appearance was the Lakefield Legion’s own Herb Knox, an accomplished saxophonist.

He’s a retired music teacher, having worked for Durham Region for many years, the last five as a consultant for the instrumental division overseeing 80 elementary (Grade 7/8) and 14 high school music departments.

Born in Lakefield and now living north of the village, Herb’s family owned Knox’s Marina at Crowe’s Landing for many years.

Over the years Herb has played with a number of groups, including the Herb Knox Dixieland Band, Oshawa Central Dixie Band, Peterborough Concert Band and many others. He continues to keep himself busy playing gigs with bands in the region.

Catfish Willie and the Buckle Busters play the Ossia in Peterborough on Wednesday nights.

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