Kevin Blackmore

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Kevin Blackmore, who performs under the stage name Buddy Wasisname, is a Canadian singer, songwriter, comedian, and dramatist from Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. Blackmore is best known as leader of the band Buddy Wasisname and the Other Fellers, who perform mainly Newfoundland music and comedy.

Early life[edit]

Blackmore grew up in Gander, Newfoundland.[1] He studied piano and classical guitar, and after graduating from high school he attended trade school.[2]

Career[edit]

As a young man, Blackmore worked as an auto mechanic and heavy machinery operator,[2] and later a piano tuner. He started his musical career in 1979 as a part of the comedic musical duo, Free Beer, together with Montreal native Lorne Elliott.[3][4][5]

Blackmore and Elliott went their separate ways in 1982, and Blackmore settled in Gloverton, Newfoundland.[1] In 1983 Blackmore, together with Wayne Chaulk and Ray Johnson, formed the band Buddy Wasisname and the Other Fellers, singing and playing mandolin, fiddle and guitar.[3] The group played mainly Newfoundland-related music and performed comedy sketches.[6]

Blackmore, as Buddy Wasisname, performed with the Other Fellas for more than 30 years,[7] contributing to many concert tours and to 19 albums of recorded music and comedy.

When not touring or recording, Blackmore continues to live in Gloverton, and participates in community events and fundraisers.[8][9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Thirty years of foolishness and tears: Buddy Wasisname and the Other Fellers “still kickin'”". The Independent, March 18, 2013
  2. ^ a b "Buddy Wasisname & The Other Fellers part of Barrie comedy festival". Barrie Examiner, By Susan Doolan, August 21, 2016
  3. ^ a b Larry LeBlanc (30 July 1994). Newfoundland Folk Group Brings Fans Home. Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. pp. 46–. ISSN 0006-2510. 
  4. ^ "Like Brian, Lorne Elliott looks at the bright side of life". Vernon Morning Star, Kristin Froneman, Oct 19, 2012
  5. ^ "Lorne Elliot hits Harrison Hot Springs". Chilliwack Times, Apr 16, 2014
  6. ^ Canadian Geographic. Royal Canadian Geographical Society. 2000. pp. 47–48. 
  7. ^ "VIDEO: The most interesting people in Newfoundland | Kevin Blackmore". The Independent, Martin Connelly | April 27, 2011
  8. ^ "Funspiel’s own ‘Buddy’". Gander Beacon, Matt Molloy March 2, 2011
  9. ^ "Glovertown art studio gets grand opening". Gander Beacon, September 29, 2010

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