THE SCOOP ON WALLY MAGGS
I'm a proud Canadian boy raised in the province of Ontario. As a teenager I listened to the sounds of such music legends as Hank Williams, Merle Haggard and Johnny Cash and I became hooked on country music.
Over the years I've compiled a huge list of country music covers that I do. I've also added a bit of rock 'n' roll to my repertoire as well as some gospel and even a bit of bluegrass.
These days I spend the majority of my time performing solo as Wally Maggs. Most of these performances are gigs at private clubs, indoor and outdoor concerts, charitable and fund-raising events, senior and retirement centres and in private homes. At other times I perform in a duo with one of Canada's premier steel guitarists, Dale Rivard.
I love to entertain people and love to keep busy with anything involving music.
Behind the scenes I'm currently starting to put together a music EP. At the moment I've just completed recording my third original song melody with lyricist and friend, Richard Vande Sompel. The tune's called "Drinkin' Here Today". My nephew and Juno award winning head engineer at Jukasa Studios, Darren Magierowski, worked his usual magic mixing the final tracks.
Only two more to go then.
WALLY'S HISTORY LESSON
Wally Maggs is an accomplished singer/entertainer who has recently moved to the town of Elora.
Decades ago he started playing country music with a partner and they billed themselves as The Ramblin' Boys. They hung together playing their music for 8 years.
Wally moved on to another country band called Lovin' Country and sang and played with them for the next 2 years.
Next Wally became a permanent fixture as lead singer with a family band, The Ozarks, and this gig lasted 25 years. The band recorded songs in Toronto's Metal Works Studio and toured as far east as New Brunswick. Over those years Wally worked with entertainers such as Terry Clark, Larry Mercy and the late Terry Sumsion.
Finally Wally decided to go solo as a one-man country act spreading his gospel of good ole country music. Over time he's added some rock 'n' roll to his repertoire as well as gospel and a bit of bluegrass to the cover songs he does in his performances.
Wherever Wally goes the crowds enjoy his down home country sound as well as his ability to make people laugh. At the end of each performance every person in the audience is generally a new fan of this one-of-a-kind entertainer.
Recently I had an opportunity to return to the Tillsonburg Legion to perform there this September. I invited well-known steel guitarist, Dale Rivard, back to entertain with me. In addition I brought lead guitarist, Dave Oliver, into the mix. Needless to say the three of us managed to rock the joint with a real variety of great country songs as well as some good old rock and roll tunes. A capacity crowd feasted Italian style beforehand and then danced the pounds off two-steppin' and boppin' around the dance floor the whole night long.