Friday, November 1, 2013

British Columbia Talent --LInda Jones: Woman of Many Talents

Photo Credit: Linda Jones

So I have known Linda for a number of years now and she has a show coming up on Sunday November 3rd at The Legion #88 here in Maple Ridge.
Photo Credit:Linda Jones

I had asked her seeing as we are pressed for time to give me a rundown of the years she has been doing this and the reason as to why she does it as well, her answers follow here.

I have been entertaining for many years as you know and have dedicated my career to preserving the music of the 1st and 2nd world war Veteran's.   
Photo Credit:Linda Jones

I have had no training regarding my singing career .. just started out singing in the choir at school then landed in Isy's Supper Club one night and went upstairs to listen to the people in the piano bar and one thing led to another after I sang a song and voila the lady singer took me under her wing and showed me the ropes so to speak and I have since made a career of it that now spans 4 decades.  Starting in 1970 sneaking in under age .. thank God my height was working for me lol.

Photo Credit: Linda Jones

I am the daughter of a 2nd world war veteran and the granddaughter of a 1st world war veteran.   I went on a Veteran's pilgrimage to Italy and Sicily with my dad in 1996 visiting all the Canadian grave yards and placing numerous poppies and Canadian flags on many of those graves.   It was while on  that journey that I started to write a couple of songs for my Veteran's and for my Country.  The Veteran's Song has become my signature tune and I am so proud whenever someone requests it.

I have, over the years, performed on several live stages.  The Massey Theater, The James Cowan Theater as well as the Bell Theater.    The first two theater shows were shows I produced as fund raisers for the poppy fund and the Bell Theater was a return engagement for 3 years as a fund raiser for the Seaforth cadets.   I have performed on stage with: Dal Richards, Chor Leone Choir,(sp), the Delta Police Pipe Band, The 15th Field Artillery Band, The Naval Band, Gillian Campbell (Klondike Kate), The late Peter Rolston, The Stardust Band, Vaudevillian Fran Dowey, and numerous other local Vancouver entertainers.

I also spent 3 summers up in Canada's fabulous Yukon as the female lead in a "1940's Canteen Show".  We toured that show for 2 winters throughout California and Arizona for tourism Yukon and Alaska.  The Canucks Show Band are the group that I performed with in the Yukon and on tour in California and Arizona.  In addition we also went to Alaska and played for the Governors Ball.  

Photo Credit: Linda Jones

I perform a wide variety of costumed shows from Klondike, Roaring 20's, English Music Hall, Scottish, Irish, Pub Shows, Sing-alongs, Country, retro rockn'roll as well as my 40's tribute shows.

In 2008 I was honoured and humbled to be included on an elite list of recipients of the "Minister of Veteran's Affairs' Commendation Award"  presented by Ottawa's representative of that Ministry.   The ceremony took place in Richmond B.C.
Two lowermainland legions also honoured me with the service medal several years ago.   Then the Naval Association also decorated me in a ceremony in Peachland in 2009 or 10.   I am very fortunate indeed.

I have also been privileged to have traveled many times across western Canada with my own production of "A Tribute To Veteran".
Although I mainly stick to local performances now I am still actively entertaining locals as well as visitors from around the world who show up at my concerts.  
Photo Credit: Maple Ridge Times

I have also written and performed a cd of traditional and popular country songs that I recorded several years ago.  
I still love to perform and so enjoy the chance to inter mingle with my audiences and have them sing along with me on the more familiar tunes.   We have always incorporated comedy with all aspects of our show to help break up some of the more emotionally charged tunes that we consistently get requests for.

Thank you for reading this 
Anthony Nadeau

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