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The Beagle Boys - Band Profile


They’ve been making music together for the better part of two decades. During that time the five piece folk/roots band from Calgary has won a large and loyal following across the West.

In large part that is due to the band’s unique ability to shift seamlessly from one style and genre of music to another. As a result, any “Beagles” show is bound to include some country, a dash of gospel, a sampling of rockin’ blues, two or three original tunes, a dose of bluegrass and even the odd jazz styling.

This flexibility is the result of the musical virtuosity displayed by keyboardist Guy Plecash, multi-instrumentalist Fred Mallette, guitarist Phil Whitburn, drummer Dr. Bill and bassist Charles Frank.

Led by its four lead singers, the band offers up shimmering vocal harmonies that complement its multi-faceted musical stylings and the entertaining, humorous stage show that is a hallmark of all Beagle Boys engagements.

Having honed their talents in a number of seminal western Canadian bands like Village Paint, Prairie Crossing, Polkageist, The Joy Riders, and Legend, these highly regarded musicians proceeded to join forces in The Beagle Boys, and the rest as they say, is musical history.

Best known for their ongoing gig as the houseband at the legendary Saturday Night Special music club in Calgary where they have shared the stage with acts as diverse as Ian Tyson, Shari Ulrich, Lunch at Allen’s and Eric Bibb, The Beagle Boys are equally at home on festival stages, in intimate concert venues or laying down a contagious dance beat at commercial engagements.

Their CD, The Beagle Boys, Live at the Saturday Night Special, is a must listen for anyone who enjoys original and classic roots music.

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