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'Country Gentleman' Returns
By Ron Keessar,
Entertainment Critic

Canadian show biz extraordinaire of over four decades, Tommy Hunter brought his 'Still Making Memories' tour to the Red Deer Memorial Centre to the extreme delight of his many loyal fans. Hunter performed at this same venue almost two years ago to the day and is certainly an embracing sight any day of the year.

Canadian Country Music legend Tommy Hunter along with his accomplished four-piece band, The Travelin' Men entertained an enthusiastic sold out crowd Thursday night at the Red Deer Memorial Centre.

The Charming 64 year old entertainer from Aberfoyle, Ontario rekindled a lot of fond memories for fans of the popular 'Tommy Hunter Show' that debuted in 1965 on CBC-TV and ran for an incredible 27 seasons, interestingly making the program the longest run of its kind in television history.

The toe-tapping audience enjoyed a fast paced show that featured a variety of bluegrass, gospel and traditional numbers, and were also dazzled with a hilarious display of Tommy balancing his 6' something frame on one leg while playing fiddle between his raised leg.

After a brief intermission the 'Hall Of Famer' returned to the dimly lit stage and while sitting high upon a stool shared many interesting and comical tidbits of his personal family life that had the crowd roaring with laughter.

Tommy later was handed that old famous black book and totally captivated the audience with the reading of 'No Charge'.

In a scene so reminiscent from the past, Hunter closed the show with the obvious comment, "Thanks for coming to the show and be the good a LORD willin' we hope to see you again" and ended with the theme song 'Travelin' Man' throughout an approving standing ovation.

After the show the gifted country gentleman was greeted with a line-up of autograph seekers and well wishers vowing to return in another "couple of years".

With his never compromising lifelong commitment to putting on a good clean family oriented show rarely seen of today and having a huge following of both young and old, Mr. Hunter will be a welcomed sight for many years to come.

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