02 July 2010

WGB re-releases original album on CD this Saturday

Straight from the release:

“The Wonderful Grand Band is pleased to announce the release of its very first record album The Wonderful Grand Band on CD.

Recorded at Clode Sound Studios in Stephenville in 1978 after the success of their first television series The Root Seller, the album features the original band members Sandy Morris, Ron Hynes, Kelly Russell, Glenn Simmons, Rocky Wiseman, Bryan Hennessey and Bawnie Oulton and also a guest appearance on one track by Peter Narvaez. The album was mastered at Joāo Carvalho Mastering in Toronto in 2010.

The Wonderful Grand Band CD is a collector’s treat for any fans of the Wonderful Grand Band or Newfoundland music. The CD has the original version of Sonny’s Dream and several other Ron Hynes songs and it marks the first recording of the late great Emile Benoit’s tunes. Kelly Russell, the founding fiddler player with the Band and a great collector of Newfoundland fiddle tunes, also appears in his only recording with the WGB. As well, on the CD you will hear the familiar vocal harmonies of the talented Bawnie Oulton, also an original member of the WGB and long-time resident of St. John’s who passed away in Nova Scotia May 30, 2010. The Band was saddened by Bawnie’s untimely passing and is pleased to be able to present her to the public on this long-awaited CD.

The CD is part of the Wonderful Grand Band’s effort to release some of its body of work to its fans. In November the WGB toured Newfoundland and Labrador to promote the release of the DVDs The Best of WGB Vol 1 and 2 from the TV series WGB. On July 31, the Wonderful Grand Band will be appearing at That Show in Gander, and on Aug 7 they will be performing at the Folk Festival in Bannerman Park in St John’s. Tickets are already selling fast for both events.

The CD will be released in stores July 3, 2010 and at Fred’s Records the first 25 customers will receive a free poster of the CD release.

For further information, or to get your media copy of the WGB CD contact White at WGB Management 709-722-7775 and visit our new website at www.wonderfulgrandband.com.”