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Local rock and roll legend getting back on stage

Harold & The Boys will be getting together for a fundraiser this coming Saturday at the Royal Canadian legion in New Glasgow. In back from left are: Ernie MacInnis (bass), Sandy Lumsden (drums), Harold Borden (vocals) and Ross MacVivar (guitar). In front is Don McInnis (keyboards).
Harold & The Boys will be getting together for a fundraiser this coming Saturday at the Royal Canadian legion in New Glasgow. In back from left are: Ernie MacInnis (bass), Sandy Lumsden (drums), Harold Borden (vocals) and Ross MacVivar (guitar). In front is Don McInnis (keyboards).

NEW GLASGOW – A fundraiser being held next Saturday will see a rare live performance by a local rock and roll legend.

Harold Borden, former singer of the Blue Cats, who wowed audiences on the late 1950s and early 1960s, is getting together a group of friends – billing themselves as Harold & The Boys – for a one-off performance at the New Glasgow legion.

Harold Borden, former singer of the Blue Cats, who wowed audiences on the late 1950s and early 1960s, is getting together a group of friends – billing themselves as Harold & The Boys – for a one-off performance at the New Glasgow legion.

“It’s all rock and roll, said Borden, who described the Blue Cats as “probably the first rock and roll band around Pictou County.”

Tickets are $7 at the door, or can be purchased in advance at Big Al’s Convenience store, the legion or at the Pictou County Injured Workers Association office on Provost Street in New Glasgow.

“If you don’t feel like dancing, it’ll cost you eight bucks to get out,” joked guitarist Ross MacVicar, as the five musicians gathered for an interview on Friday.

”We’re just a bunch of guys who have played around in different bands – it’s a hobby. Music will never steer you wrong.”

The group has held a handful of rehearsals to polish up their set list, but since they are all veteran musicians who have played in numerous bands over the years,  “we should all be able to know a couple of tunes,” said bassist Ernie McInnis.

Since their heyday as a local and regional performing act, the Blue Cats have reformed a couple of times over the years. Borden said he’s looking forward to getting up on stage again, “but I don’t get up too fast anymore,” he quipped.

All money raised will go the New Glasgow Royal Canadian Legion Branch 34, as well as the Pictou County Injured Workers Association.

The kitchen party will be held from 7 p.m. until 1 a.m., with various other musicians also lending their talents to the cause.

 

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