4th Annual Hollyrood Country Jamboree


Submitted by: RB Renegade, Singer, Songwriter & Radio Host

The 4th annual Hollyrood Country Jamboree (Corbyville, Ontario) was a great success that resulted in a $2000 contribution to Camp Trillium. Camp Trillium operates two sites in Ontario. Oddfellow and Rebekah Island, formerly Garratt ’s Island (since 1989), near Sandbanks Provincial Park in Picton, and Rainbow Lake (since 1997) in Waterford. Camp Trillium also travels to ten different Ontario cities, operating Day Camp programs in the summer.

The three-day program featured outstanding talent with a feature performance on Saturday night by Prairie Oyster. I personally had the privilege of being backstage on July 4th for the final day’s events. Leading the way for Sunday’s program was MADISON KOZAK. Madison hails from Lindsay, Ontario and as a young girl (13) her command of the stage is that of someone much older. She is backed by a solid band, including backup vocals by her dad Larry Kozak. She presents a wide-array of selections including traditional and contemporary classics with some of her self-penned songs thrown in for good measure. Upon completion of her performance at Hollyrood, she was heading to Toronto to board a plane for Nashville for a meeting with management group that currently works with Taylor Swift!!

Next up was FREDDIE VETTE & The FLAMES. They are a band seemingly plucked from fifties and transported 50 years into the future. Eight musicians and singers playing the hits of Elvis, Jerry Lee, Buddy, Fats, Chuck Berry and more. Their attention to not only the musical details but the visual presentation of this music is second to none.

A high-energy show had everyone in attendance rocking and rolling. The brand new Hollyrood dance pad was full as Freddie paid tribute to the greats of the 50’s and 60’s. Not to be outdone, Betty Vette, Freddie’s wife leads the female faction of the band and also leads the audience through some of the greatest hits ever sung by the likes of Brenda Lee, Leslie Gore, The Shirelles, The Chiffons and more.

The last feature act to perform was TERRY SUMSION. This Canadian country music legend has been battling esophageal cancer for the past couple of years and at one point his physicians could not say with any certainty if he would be able to sing again. Well hear it from me, Terry Sumsion has never sounded better.

The Terry Sumsion Trio is a treat to listen to. Basically an acoustic show including upright bass and dobro along with acoustic guitar brings a whole new dimension to some of Terry’s classic hits including “Out Lovin’ Place” and “Midnight Invitation. On this day Terry also presented a taste of what is to come with samplings from his to be released CD “Terry Sumsion – Encore”, including his most recent single “You Gotta Believe”. His newer songs have been inspired by his battle with cancer but are some of the best songs he has every written.

Congratulations to the event’s organizers Glen Jarrell & Jeanie Haig who put their heart and soul into every single detail and made all in attendance feel at home and comfortable. Do yourself a favor and put the Hollyrood Country Jamboree on your calendar for 2011. For more information call - 613-967-9551 – or email to hollyrood901@hotmail.com.