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Notes on: DUNGBEATLES
• WHO: What band wouldn’t want to channel the talent of The Beatles? And, when it was just getting started, the young musicians felt they were a lot like that iconic British band — just not quite as good. Hence the name. For those unfamiliar, with dung, let’s just say you should look it up.
• WHAT: The band includes Tim McClure on vocals and hockeystick-washtub bass, Mo Ollek on guitar and vocals, Phil Heal on vocals, keymoards and melodica and Sean Schneider on drums and vocals.
• WHEN: Original members McClure, Ollek and Heal started getting together once a night for “men’s night” — because the women in their lives had their own “art night” — and would find a place to jam. After a few of these music-making sessions, the guys decided to make it official. Members came and went until Schneider, who was once a student of Heal’s at Westsyde secondary, joined about three years ago.
• WHERE: The Dungbeatles play a lot of dances, fundraisers and weddings. They are brought back almost every year for the Fest of Ale in Penticton in April and will be performing at a New Year’s Eve dinner and dance at Rainbows Roost a few kilometres past The Dunes of Kamloops in Westsyde.
• WHY: Schneider says the band makes music “because we love to do it. We have all played for a long time and making music serves many purposes for us, I think. It can be a release and provide us all with something to put all of our creativity behind. We have a lot of fun at practice and at shows, especially when people are up and dancing and having just as good a time as we are on stage. Just getting together for practices is about more than just music; we like to hang out and talk life, books, food, beer. What it comes down to is this is about having a good time and putting our efforts behind an idea that we believe strongly in — and that idea is The Dungbeatles.”
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