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Buddy Holly Anniversary Concert comes to county

HARRISTON - A touch of Broadway is coming to town when Buddy Holly: The Anniversary Concert hits the Harriston Town Hall Theatre on Jan. 28 and the Fergus Grand Theatre on Feb. 4.

This ensemble show features the talents of Jeff Giles, best known for his starring role in The Buddy Holly Story, the official musical show about the legendary rock and roll pioneer who died in a tragic plane crash on Feb. 3, 1959.

In Canada, Giles has starred as Holly in Charlottetown PEI, where he was also featured on CBC television, and in Hamilton, where the show sold-out the Theatre Aquarius for a month.

The two Wellington County shows will celebrate the music of Buddy Holly’s famous, final tour known as The Winter Dance Party which debuted in January 1959.

In fact, the Harriston show will take place on the exact same date The Winter Dance Party performed at the Million Dollar Ballroom in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Amazingly, the Fergus show will occur on the very same weekend as Buddy’s infamous plane crash with the Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens. The death of the trio was later immortalized in the famous Don McLean song American Pie, and is often referred to as “the day the music died.”

Songs performed by Giles in the show feature all of Holly’s biggest hits including Peggy Sue, That’ll Be the Day, Rave On, It’s So Easy and more.

As a special bonus, Buddy Holly: The Anniversary Concert will also feature music from the other headlining acts on the Winter Dance Party tour including The Big Bopper, Ritchie Valens, plus Dion and the Belmonts.

Buddy Holly: The Anniversary Concert is full of music, interesting stories, lots of laughs and the audience is encouraged to join in throughout the show.

Tickets are now on sale for only $20/$25 and seating is limited.

Showtime is 7:30pm on Jan. 28 at the Harriston Town Hall Theatre and tickets can be purchased at Harriston Home Hardware or by phoning the theatre box office at 519-338-2778.

Showtime is 8pm on Feb. 4 at the Fergus Grand Theatre, 244 St. Andrew Street West and tickets are available at 519-787-1981 or on-line

January 13, 2012


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