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Timmy Cudmore shows off a catch on the cover of his new EP, King Fish Man.
Each fishing season brings out the spirit of rivalry between Timmy Cudmore and his eldest son, Ryan, 28.
“We always have a fishing competition, and he has beat me three years in a row. Basically, I got tired of him catching more trout than I,” says the guitarist/fishing enthusiast from Hampshire.
So, this past spring, he decided to get even with Ryan.
While his son was teasing his friends on Facebook by saying ‘here, fishy, fishy’, as he waited for the fishing season to open, Cudmore, a Prince Edward Island guitarist, wrote a song to show off his fishing superiority.
“I named it King Fish Man and I recorded it on the home studio of my other son, who also loves to fish,” he says.
Then, on the first day of fishing season, Cudmore picked up Ryan and, on the way to their favourite fishing hole, Old Faithful, he popped a CD in the truck player.
The humorous song, with its catchy beat, started to play. It’s the silly dialogue between father and son after the latter lands fish the size of smelts.
But it was the last line that piqued his offspring’s attention.
“When Ryan heard the words, ‘I’m going to catch more than you, son, today,’ he burst out laughing,” says Cudmore.
Inspired by his son’s reaction, the father gave it to his youngest son to listen to.
“He giggled, too,” says Cudmore who sent it to his friend, David Musial, a recording engineer, musician and producer in New York City.
“David was in hysterics and encouraged me to compose more. So, I did,” says Cudmore, who emailed him the musical elements.
One thing led to another and soon Musial was in his studio producing a CD, King Fish Man.
“Timmy is so funny. He’s like Lucille Ball meets the Three Stooges while Tiny Tim is playing Tiptoe Through the Tulips,” says Musial, with a laugh during a telephone interview.
The five-track EP includes comical songs titled Bait Robbers, Mosquito Hell Haven, No Luck With Strangers and The Big One Got Away, as well as the title track.
It’s receiving enthusiastic reviews.
“I love it. It’s from my time. I grew up listening to the comedy of Eddy Murphy, Cheech and Chong and Jimmy the Janitor from it from the ’80s and ’90s,” says Rob Pineau of North Wiltshire.
“This CD has the same quality of humour that I’ve grown to love. It’s not something you hear every day,” he says.
Cudmore is also getting reaction from south of the border.
“It’s cute. It’s a man’s CD. We just sold two of them to drivers from Indianapolis, who are fishermen,” says Harriet Ballard, who stocks them at Ballard’s Camping Centre, just outside Buffalo, N.Y. Liberty Landing Marine Centre in New York City is also considering selling it.
“We just received them and will be listening to them shortly,” says manager Liz Mernick.
Listening to the feedback, Cudmore, who is a P.E.I. truck driver, is pleased but a little dumfounded.
“I’m surprised. I thought it was a bit of humour about fishing. I didn’t expect that people would enjoy it so much that they would want to hear more,” says Cudmore who is now working on a full-length fishing comedy CD that will be released in the near future.
He also realized something else. Because fishing is a solitary pastime, people often feel that their experiences are unique, he says.
But they’re not. They’re universal.
“One song that really sticks out to me (about this) is No Luck With Strangers. It’s about three people that show up in your secret fishing hole. Not only do they invade your space, they don’t know how to fish. This is something that has happened with me and I know that others have had similar experiences.”