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Blues takes the stage at Monday Music in Alma

The Working Class Band is the next to take the stage at Monday Music in Alma on July 3.
The Working Class Band is the next to take the stage at Monday Music in Alma on July 3.

ALMA - The Working Class Band is likely a familiar name and sound to many music lovers in our area, one the Monday Music audience will be able to hear on July 3.

Based in Antigonish, The Working Class Band has been making music together for several years blending elements of soul, blues, R&B and reggae.

And who are the members of Working Class Band?

Up front is Hugh Clarke. Born and raised in Barbados, Clarke didn't really have much of a choice when it came to loving music, his bio says. “Calypso and reggae have a huge influence on Working Class, and might just be in large part due to the fact that Hugh was one of the founding members of the band way back in 1978, his personal sound a constant thread running through the history of Working Class.”

Winner of eight East Coast Music Awards and a Juno nomination, Jamie Sparks hails from Cherry Brook, N.S. His “career began early as he travelled across the province to various Baptist churches, singing gospel music with his family,” his bio reads. He went on to play a variety of genres with bands in Halifax and now plays bass and does vocals with Working Class.

Greg Carter is the founder, conductor and lead alto saxophonist with the Juno-nominated Maritime Jazz Orchestra. He is also an associate professor of music at StFX University and plays with Working Class Band.

Dave Pos’ passion for music led him to a long career of working with students as a teacher and as a school band director. Pos keeps himself busy these days by playing piano at Liscombe Lodge, sacred music for the Pictou United Church, and gigging regularly with Working Class.

Brian Steeves is both the drummer and business manager of Working Class. One of the founding members of the original band during the 70s, Steeves says one of the reasons they’re still playing is “so they could get down and funky, playing the music they’ve always loved.”

Nominated for two East Coast Music Awards in the blues & soul categories as well as Music Nova Scotia Award nomination for Blues Recording of the Year, Working Class Band will be on stage at Green Hill – Alma United Church on July 3 at 7:30 p.m. as part of Monday Music in Alma’s summer season.

Admission is $10 or pay what you can afford.

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