On Saturday, Nov. 4 th , the west coast band “The Fugitives” graced the Mary
Webb Centre for the Arts with their truly original and amazing performance.
The four Fugitives all have wonderful voices. They sang a wide range of
songs from their various albums, some done A Capella. From their CD,
Trench Songs, based on songs from troops during the 1 st World War, they
sang a very moving song “Take Me Back To Ontario” and “The Next Man
Who dies”, first sung during the Boer War. The day after Leonard Cohen
died, they wrote “No Words”, a very emotional song.
This band is known for their A Capella and they showed the audience why
with several of their songs, sung at the front of the stage around a master
mic. Something that the Mary Webb Centre has not heard before.
They are a very fun-loving group and had the audience totally enjoying their
many stories. Two of the band members each have young children, under
4 years old and joked that touring was a time of rest. The lead singer’s wife,
who was travelling with the band, is due in about 2 weeks. A one point, the
violinist and bass player, by themselves came to the front of the stage for a
wonderful song, showing their talent both as singers and musicians.
Another of the musicians played a 3-stringed balalaika, a triangular shaped
instrument something like a mandolin that has been in his family for over
The band was truly amazed that the Mary Webb Centre was totally run by
volunteers. Seldom in their travels do they play in such a venue. But in the
little town of Highgate, it is happening. They were also surprised that we
had such an incredible variety of highly talented, well known Canadian
To end the concert, after a standing ovation, The Fugitives sang A Capella
“Good Night Everybody.” What an outstanding way to have the audience
remember them. Thanks to our sponsors South Kent Wind and Village on
the Ridge Retirement Residence.
The Fugitives singing A Capella
Brendan McLeod, Carly Frey, Adrian Glynn and Rob McLaren
l-r: Carly Frey, Adrian Glynn, Brendan McLeod and Rob McLaren