Blue Rodeo's Jim Cuddy brings spontaneity to Georgetown

Sally Cole
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There were some unscripted moments on stage, during the Songwriters Concert at the Kings Playhouse Wednesday night that made the Music P.E.I. show extra special for audience members.

The first group of singer-songwriters — Dennis Ellsworth, Ashley Condon and Jordan Cameron — had just taken their places.

After the introductions, Jim Cuddy host for the inspirational night of music and stories, started to sing his first song, Tell Me Again, but there was no sound.

Condon, realizing that his acoustic guitar wasn't plugged in, stepped forward to do the honours.

The Canadian music giant and front man for the Warner Music Canada band, Blue Rodeo, was quick to respond.

"I've been doing (music) for 36 years.... but I usually don't do that for myself anymore. You see, things get better and they get worse. I'm a little more helpless," says Cuddy, as the audience breaks into laughter and thunderous applause.

Other times, during the second set, which featured stories and songs of Catherine MacLellan, Meaghan Blanchard and John MacPhee, audience members were treated to Cuddy's spontaneity when he took a back seat to accompany MacLellan and Meaghan Blanchard on their songs, with his harmonica.

Watching him make the transition from solo spotlight to backup artist moved the audience, who responded with more applause.

As a singer-songwriter, it's natural thing for him to do.

"I've always enjoyed doing these things were you sit beside somebody and hear a song or hear them talk about it a little bit. So, it's a very interesting thing for me to do," he says.

Audience members were thrilled with the show.

"I bought tickets because I experienced this type of thing before and I knew it was really awesome," says Maureen Hanley, of Dingwells Mills.

"I appreciate the Island musicians but I'm a huge Jim Cuddy fan, so to get both things at once is a big bonus," she says.

Organizations: Warner Music Canada

Geographic location: Georgetown, Iceland

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