The Mudmen, Canada’s Celtic Rock Warriors, return to the St.Marys historic Town Hall Theatre on Friday, January 26, 2018 as part of their 20th Anniversary/Old Plaid Shirt 2 Tour. An evening of Celtic music & stories with a hopeful sea of plaid shirts to show support for the band .
The Mudmen are no strangers to the St.Marys area performing at Centennial Hall with the Irish Rovers and John McDermott, the John Labatt Centre with Johnny Reid, The St.Marys Homecoming Festival and of course, a return stop at The Old Town Hall. This will be The Mudmen’s 5th concert appearance in beautiful, downtown St.Marys “We’ve sold the Hall out all 4 times before and we hope to do it again” says Robby Campbell, one of the founding band members of the Mudmen .
“Next year is a big year for us”, Campbell says. “It’s our 20th Anniversary as Mudmen. My brother Sandy and I are writing a memoir book, ’20 Years In the Mud’, which is to be forwarded by a member of hockey royalty, Ron MacLean. There will be celebrity quotes, pictures and funny stories about the highs & lows of being a Celtic band hailing from Canada. The book will also highlight the struggles of fronting and funding the band as bagpipers are often mocked and overlooked since this instrument is too often considered to be an instrument of war. We’ve been proving them wrong since 1998. With a growing resume, The Mudmen have been the opening act for such top acts as ZZ Top, Johnny Reid, the Guess Who, The Irish Rovers, The Chieftains, and April Wine to name a few. Not too bad for 2 guys from a small Ontario town playing a hated instrument, eh?
“Our career highlights have been great”, says Campbell. “Not everyone gets to meet and perform for the Queen, play at the ’84 Edmonton Oilers Stanley Cup Reunion with Wayne Gretzky and the full team present, have music on WWE Wrestling, HBO ‘s Shameless, NBC’s Black Donnellys, reach #19 on the Edge Radio countdown, etc.
“Hockey is Canada’s passion. It’s the game we unfortunately never got to play. It is interesting that the two people that helped our career the most are from the hockey world, being Ron MacLean and Don Cherry. We had the pleasure of working and becoming good friends with Don and Ron. It doesn’t get much better than that. Don has featured our Mudmen music on eight Rock’em Sock’em videos, Coach’s Corner and when Ron MacLean said “Mudmen. We love ’em” on television, it saved our career when we were left for dead by the music industry.
“I don’t think there are many more Canadiana bands than us”, says Campbell. “We have played 3 Memorial Cups, 2 Royal Bank Cups, 7 Grey Cups, 4 Briers, The Canada Cup, the Lighting of the CN tower with Colm Wilkinson, NHL games in Edmonton and Toronto, and performed at 14 of Canada’s Walk of Fame Ceremonies with the likes of Gordie Howe, Bobby Orr, Celine Dionne, the Tragically Hip, etc. We have been up and down every road in this great country of ours performing anywhere and everywhere, we just never gave up. The small towns have kept us alive after we were released from EMI records. The theatre crowds are great, the fans are real and they come out for the music. Performing at grand halls with good sound and a wicked atmosphere like the historic Town Hall certainly helps all Canadian artists.”
With new music in the works, new merchandise, a 20th anniversary craft beer lager, and a memoir book, expect a fun evening from the boys of Mudmen. Tickets are $22.00 and are available at St. Marys Pyramid Centre 519- 284-2160, ticketscene.ca, and at the door. The Mudmen are building a legion of fans from young to old. For more info about the band visit www.mudmen.ca