Celebrate Christmas at the MacLab Centre Dec. 22

The MacLab Centre’s annual Christmas performance and family sing-along featuring The Acoustaholics and Friends is Dec. 22

Want a holiday evening out the entire family can enjoy? You won’t find a better deal in the area than the MacLab Centre’s annual Christmas performance and family sing-along featuring The Acoustaholics and Friends Dec. 22.

Want a holiday evening out the entire family can enjoy? You won’t find a better deal in the area than the MacLab Centre’s annual Christmas performance and family sing-along featuring The Acoustaholics and Friends Dec. 22.

“The Maclab Centre opens its doors to the community to celebrate close to home and to share some holiday cheer,” stated MacLab Centre spokesperson Andrea Martinuk in a press release. “We are decking the halls and sharing some hospitality. Treat your family to a relaxing night out, entertain your house guests and celebrate the season with an evening of song.”

The Acoustaholics are a well-known regional band with a strong following, featuring band members Fintan Murphy (lead and harmony vocals, percussion, acoustic guitar), Vince (Vinny) Anderson (lead and harmony vocals, 12-string guitar, harmonica, accordion) and Richard (RIK) Dmytryshyn (lead and harmony vocals, acoustic-electric guitar).

According to the Acoustaholic’s website (www.acoustaholics.com), Fintan has been around music all of his life. From about Grade 3, he participated in school choirs, and musical performances all through grade school in Edmonton. Over the years, Fintan has developed an appreciation for many forms of music, song and the arts in general. He is a fan of many artists and bands. He has an interest in modern and traditional Celtic music, mostly due to his heritage (Irish) and the fact that he enjoys pubs.

The website continued, Vince has a diverse musical background. Starting at age 4, Vince was immersed in the Yamaha music method (stunningly revolutionary in 1967) and went on to classical piano training through the Royal Conservatory of Music until age 16, achieving Grade 9 RCAT, with music history and harmony theory included.

Besides poking fun at Fintan in particular and the Irish in general, Vinny’s current role with the band is to drive Fintan around to gigs and try to keep some semblance of musical structure going. For instance, every Acoustaholics song begins with Vinny’s familiar and a one-ticka-two-ticka-one two three four. Vinny hopes to expand the band’s scope into more and better instrumentation, digital recording and shameless e-business ventures in the very near future.

Lastly, the website continued that music has been a large part of RIK’s life for as long as he can remember. From experimenting with the family Orcana organ to various instruments through the course of school (recorder, ukulele , French horn, trombone, etc.) It was RIK’s oldest brother that first got him interested in playing guitar, RIK soon took his aptitude for music much further.

Fast forward to a couple years later, Fintan and Vinny were playing gigs at the Pub in McCauley Plaza. RIK started his tenure as “Bucky the sound guy” but after performing one song at a Halloween gig, he was asked to join the band as a full member.

The Acoustaholics are joined by Larry Alexander on drums, Jason Baxter on stand up bass and Stephen Fong on trumpet.

The Acoustaholics and Friends perform Tuesday, December 22 at 7 p.m. at the McLab Centre. Tickets are only $15, children under 12 only $5.

Martinuk stated tickets are available on line at Ticketpro.ca and by phone at 1-888-655-9090, or in person at the Leduc Regional Chamber of Commerce, Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information please visit www.maclabcentre.com.

 

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