The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #139815   Message #3210001
Posted By: Sandy Mc Lean
20-Aug-11 - 02:15 PM
Thread Name: Blue Angel (Montreal)
Subject: RE: Blue Angel (Montreal)
In the 1950's when I was a kid there was a local show broadcast live on CJCB-TV called the Cape Breton Barn Dance. Bernie and Ruth were part of that show and they used to tour around local Cape Breton halls as well. One of the songs that they used to sing was a countrified cover of Satchmo's "On A Little Bamboo Bridge". Sometime in the early 70's I was in Montreal and went to the Blue Angel and I sent a request for that song written on a napkin and delivered to the stage by a waitress. They perhaps had not sung that in a very long time and I could tell that they were puzzled as to where in Hell the request came from but they did the song. At the next break they came to my table and asked where I had heard them sing it? When I explained we had a great talk. After they moved home to Cape Breton I was often a customer in their store and asked them why they didn't perform locally, but I guess they just burned out and wanted a change. Their son Robbie is a fine performer and carries on their tradition here though!