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".
On Sunday, May 26 my friend, Richard Vande Sompel, directed the filming of our third music video for this song. It was filmed at The Commercial Tavern in Maryhill, a one-of-a-kind country bar. Richard recruited regular couples as dancers, a troupe of line dancers, a dishonest gambler and his dance hall lady friend, card players and their girlfriends, a fiancée and a ghost bride to take part in the video. Braeden Johnson of True View Productions did the camera work again and did the editing of the final video. Check out the completed video on the Home Page and also on YouTube.
FLYIN' HIGH CONCERT
Wally and Mr. Steel Guitar, Dale Rivard, spent several hours at the Breslau / Kitchener Airport inside the Chartright Hangar, entertaining over 1,000 people at Frannie's Restaurant & Bakery's 3rd Annual Beef & Pork Roast. In addition to great country music there was a fashion show, an auction and door prizes and of course a buffet style dinner for all of those hungry mouths that attended. All the moneys raised were donated to the Canadian Mental Health Association and to Hospice Wellington.
A couple of surprise visitors - the Octoberfest Princess.....and later on three intergalactic warriors who heard that the music was "out of this world".
It was an afternoon and evening to remember.
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.