Classic Country Music
"A high school teacher and a music instructor, a retired tile setter and a military veteran" …reads like the lyrics of country song but are instead the professions of the musicians that make up The Running Kind …Victoria, BC’s latest classic country music band to hit the local music scene. Their occupations represent a cross section of Victoria’s population and their musical backgrounds, equally diverse, combine over 150 years of playing popular music to the delight of audiences, come together to form a blend of classic country music, some oldies and blues that appeals to all generations. Covering songs made famous by country music giants and outlaws since the 1950’s, a performance by The Running Kind should not be missed. The Running Kind currently performs at Branch 292 of The Royal Canadian Legion on Gorge, Rd. in Victoria, BC.
“Music, part of a good education”, was my dad’s mantra and it meant music lessons at a very young age on the electric organ. I bought my first guitar when I was 12, and always enrolled in music programs (trumpet, trombone and the baritone) at school. The first song I ever played and sang at a dance (Jr. High) was “Gloria”, by Van Morrison. I’ve played and sung in numerous garage bands, High school stage bands, party bands, dance bands, and joined “The Untold Secret” (a goup of guys older than me at the time) playing corporate functions. Now retired, I have re-immersed myself into several music projects. I enjoy and look forward to playing once again for an audience.
Harold (Duke) Leduc
Duke’s brand of music is influenced by country music giants such as Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and early greats like Faron Young and Lefty Frizzell. He grew up listening to classic country music in the 50’s and 60’s. The first song he learned and played publicly was Lefty Frizzell’s “Almost Persuaded”. He's been covering country’s greatest songs ever since. Highlights during his music career include sharing the stage with musicians who’ve played for country music legends Merle Haggard, Buck Owens, Ian Tyson and KD Lang. He was invited to sing on stage at Legends Corner bar in Nashville, Tennessee and has had a beer with Stomping Tom Connor
Jon Miller is a drummer, drum instructor and band leader based in Victoria BC. Before locating to the West Coast in 1999 he lived in Montreal, Philadelphia and Amsterdam, playing drums in a wide range of formations. He has shared the stage with (among others) Jeff Healey, Charlie Hunter, Skip Bey, Vic Vogel and Hugh Fraser. Jon currently divides his time between teaching drums at Groove Studios, South Island Studios and the Jon Miller Drum Studio as well as playing freelance and leading his own groups including the Jon Miller Quartet.
George Koenig, has played for every Starlight Pops performance since our inception in 2008. He’s a teacher at North Saanich Middle School in Sidney, and moved to Victoria in 1994 after completing double bass studies with Vancouver Symphony Orchestra bassist Ken Friedman at UBC. He’s played in symphony orchestras across BC including the Vancouver Philharmonic Orchestra, and currently plays in jazz and rock combos in Victoria as well as doing freelance work.
The Running Kind Cover
Heartaches By The Number
Cowboy Rides Away
Their sound is amazing, their sets allow all types of dancing from waltzing to line dancing. At no time was the dance floor empty. My wife and I highly recommend anyone who loves to dance or listen to really well done country music should check this band out.
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Until the next time!