Land O’ Lakes Traditional Music Hall of Fame To Induct Eight This Summer

The following article was orignally published in the Frontenac News, written by Craig Bakay, July 25, 2018

A big part of the Flinton Community Jamboree the past two years has been the induction ceremony for the Land O’ Lakes Traditional Music Hall of Fame and the 2018 edition will be no exception.

The ceremony is scheduled for Aug. 4 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Flinton Recreation Park. (Admission is free for the ceremony.)

HOF founder Bob Taylor said there are eight inductees this year, seven of whom are still living.

“Doreen Black is 81 years old and played with Country 4 years ago,” Taylor said. “She played bass and sang on the radio.

“Walter Cameron is originally from Snow Road but lives in McDonalds Corners now,” Taylor said. “He played bass for Ron McMunn for years.”

“Ernie Smith has been playing professionally since he was 15,” he said. “He’s 78 now.

“He was a drummer on Country Hoedown, in the Country Hoppers in 1958 and also played with Wildwood, Miner’s Bay, Heartland and he’s still going strong.”

“Ralph (Curley) Taylor, from Madoc, is pushing 80 and primarily plays only in nursing homes for seniors now,” he said. “But he’s a noted songwriter and will be going into the Hall in the songwriter category.

“He wrote the lyrics for Going Home, which was a hit for Acadian Ellie Kelly.”

“Neil Perry is being inducted in the posthumous category,” Taylor said. “Neil played fiddle with his brother Harold and sister Flora.

“If you hadn’t played with Neil Perry, you weren’t a musician. Neil’s daughter Gail will be receiving his award.”

“Dean Northey was originally from the area but now lives in Kingston,” he said. “In the ’70s and ’80s, he brought bluegrass bands to play along the Cataraqui River.”

“Howard Northey, an octogenarian, is a mandolin player and will be inducted in the lifetime achievement category.”

Previous inductees include Floyd Lloyd, Reg Weber, Cathy Whalen, George York, Charlie Pringle and Harold Perry (2016) and Bill White, Neville Wells, Lionel Grimard, Bob Goodberry, Sheila Calthorpe and Ross Clow (2017).

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