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The Wolfgang Brothers In Concert at The Barn

By Bill Monahan

On Friday, March 23, The Wolfgang Brothers will be performing in a special concert at The Barn in Meaford, with opener Bill Monahan.

 

Brian Wakelin (a.k.a Wolfgang) and Delbert Metherel, who form the duo The Wolfgang Brothers, have evolved over the years a performance style that combines great musicianship with a dry laid-back humour, mixing their own originals with songs selected for their pleasure rather than to pander to jukebox tastes.  The result is always a fun night.

The band has opened for Ronnie Hawkins, Johnny Paycheck, Doug Kershaw, and Valdy, among others.

They have been playing together since the mid-1970’s.  Through all those years their groove has solidified into something unique, a special communication that shows every time they play.  They’ve gone through several phases, including show bands, rock bands and jazz, settling into their own brand of “hillbilly jazz” combined with “comedy songs”.

“We were in our early twenties,” says Delbert, “We did go to high school together but we played in rival bands.  It was about 1974 when we first started playing, the Wolfgang Brothers took off about ’76 I guess.

“I came back from the west coast about 1974 and played in a show band called Tucker with Virgil Scott.   It was my project basically and I just lined everybody up. There were two fellows from the west coast that I had played with out there, a fellow named Mike Bush on keys and Terry Murphy on guitar.”