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Band leader Mick Armitage (right) marks 30 years in the music business this year. The other members of the popular ‘Mick Armitage Band’ are, from left, Grant Tomkinson, Al Tambay, Al Bragg (the Reverend) and Bruce Baker

Mick Armitage marks 30th anniversary of classic rock Jeff Maguire

EMC entertainment - Mick Armitage loves spending his nights and weekends playing music and entertaining people. With more than 1,000 shows already under his belt the affable drummer and vocalist has no intention of quitting the music business.

“I tell the guys (band members) that we will keep playing until they (public) stop calling,” Armitage chuckles. “When I hear the cheering and shouting and watch the people dancing it is all worth it.” The Mick Armitage Band, who will headline the ‘Spring Fling’ fundraiser for the Make a Wish Eastern Ontario branch this Saturday

night (April 13) in Carp, was launched in 1997. Armitage’s band days date back to 1983 when he helped form the Arnprior-based group ‘Racoons on Ice’. They played together for 14 years, performing across Eastern Ontario and West Quebec. It is with the group that bears his name that Armitage has found his greatest success how-

ever! The Mick Armitage Band has performed nationally and internationally. “We’ve played on both coasts, we’ve performed in Mexico six times and in 2006 we did a tour of Ireland,” he outlines. The band has been off the bar and night club circuit for years. See Busy, Page 34



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