Batstone's Northern Ramble welcomes Jim Collette and Ray Legere Thursday May 18th. Doors 7pm, Music 8pm.
Ray Legere and Jim Collette are both from The Maritimes and started out playing music around the same time. Although they were never in a band together, there were many jams where their paths crossed. Now, some 35 years later they find themselves performing as a duo.
Ray started out playing with the Moncton based band Mountain Meadow at age 15 with Jims cousin Jean-Marc Doiron, and soon after taking a 2 year electronic technicians course went to the USA to learn the finer points of Bluegrass music. He would return in 1990 to make his home down east and play music for a living. Ray is a won numerous awards and championship contests and is the 2016 recipient of the New Brunswick Country Music Hall Of Fame.
Jim grew up in an area which is a hot bed of exceptional talent and he is second to none. Starting in a band called Misty Mountain and eventually becoming lead singer for the Bluegrass 4 with Eddie Poirier, Jim learned and performed hundreds of songs which is no easy task. He eventually moved to Ontario playing the bluegrass circuit and settled in Montreal where he performed a lot as a solo act. Jim recently moved back to NB allowing more opportunities for shows with Ray.
The duo of Ray and Jim is a mix of bluegrass and country songs with hints of Celtic and old-time thrown in, featuring fiddle, mandolin and guitar. It's a show you don't want to miss!