Quirky eclectic and energetic Betty and the Bobs will bring their unique style back to Minden on Sept. 24 for a dance at the Minden Hills Community Centre.
Formed in 2000 the band is a collaboration of Toronto-based musicians each with their own solo careers. It’s the third year they’ll be coming to Minden to play the Blister Ball which coincides with the Hike Haliburton Festival.
“Betty and the Bobs shows are a whole bunch of fun” says member Suzie Vinnick. “It’s like a variety show and we get to play a bunch songs we don’t usually play in our solo shows. Sometimes we do more listening-type shows where folks are seated and sometimes we play dances like the one we’ll be doing in Haliburton.”
Like most of the band’s members Vinnick is a multi-instrumentalist; a singer bassist guitarist and mandolin player.
Other members are Soozi Schlanger on vocal and fiddle; Katherine Wheatley on vocals and guitar; David Woodhead on vocals bass and mandolin; Wendell Ferguson on guitar and vocals; Rich Greenspoon on drums; and David Matheson on piano and vocals.
Attendees can expect a danceable mix of country blues R&B gospel old jazz as well some original and sometimes whacky songs.
“This will be our third time playing the Hike Haliburton Festival and we’re so excited to be back again” Vinnick says. “And it’s a treat for us to get to play a dance again – we get to pull out some of our more danceable faves!”
Many of the band’s members have played in Haliburton County in solo shows at various times and look forward to coming to the area.
“I personally love spending time in Haliburton and am so glad my musical travels take me there so often” Vinnick says. “It’s such a beautiful area and folks are incredibly supportive of music any time I come up to play.”
Hosted by the Haliburton County Folk Society the show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 per person or $20 for folk society members and students. They can be purchased online at www.haliburtonfolk.com at Halco Electronics in Haliburton Village and at Organic Times in Minden.