Three of a Kind
It is seldom that a performer at the Mary Webb Centre for the Arts gets a standing ovation after a song, in the middle of the show. That’s exactly what the sellout crowd did after Three of a Kind’s fiddler Jesse Grandmont played “The Devil Went Down to Georgia”. If you closed your eyes, it could have been Charlie Daniels on our stage!
Singer Michael Vanhevel has been to the Mary Webb Centre twice before to sellout crowds, but this time he returned bringing along Mark Payne (musical director at the Victoria Playhouse in Petrolia) on piano and Jesse Grandmont (who also performs at the Victoria Playhouse) on fiddle and guitar. Three amazing musicians and singers who have known each other and performed together off and on for over 10 years. Their vocal harmony was outstanding on songs from a wide variety of genres. At one point, as a request, Michael Vanhevel sang Elvis’ song “How Great Thou Art” that was very moving.
When they first came into the concert hall, they ran up the aisles and around the hall, leaping onto the stage. From then on, they were having a great time together and it was infectious. Their humour and incredible voices made it hard for the audience not to have a great time. When they sang, their harmony was so good that the audience was very appreciative to hear such talent from their own neighbourhood. They are very well known in SW Ontario, hence the sold out show. Thanks to Wendy Caron for sponsoring the show.
Along with their bass player and drummer, who played a set of electric drums, something new for the Mary Webb Centre, Three of a Kind put on an unbelievable show and we certainly hope that they will come again.
Three of a Kind, l-r: Jesse Grandmont, Dan Baerg, Mark Payne, Mark Laidman and Michael Vanhevel.
Three of a Kind performing their encore at the end of the concert.
L-r: Mark Payne, Jess Grandmont and Michael Vanhevel