Filed Under (blog, for the sake of the song, Midland, music, Ontario, podcast, Simcoe County) by Sean on August-9-2007

This is another of the interviews I recorded at the Twisted Pines Music Festival in my hometown of Midland, on the Victoria Day Weekend.

My guest this episode is Wendell Ferguson, 6 time Canadian Country Music Association Guitar Player of the Year, Writer of Humorous and Satirical songs, and a heckofa nice guy. We sat down in the green room and traded jokes and songs. Enjoy.


Theme Music: For the Sake of the Song (©2003 S. McGaughey)

Throw another Fiddle on the Fire (© Wendell Ferguson)

Duct Tape Song (©1999 S. McGaughey)

Save Your Fork, There’s Pie (© Wendell Ferguson)

Name Dropping

Wendell Ferguson Official Website

Wendell Ferguson
This summer, you can find Wendell at these fine events. More information is available on his website.

July 12 Wendell and his old friend (well she’s not really that old) Judy Von will be playing in Ilderton Ontario at the Pork Producers Picnic (wonder what they’ll be Bar-B-Qing?) Ilderton is just outside of Strathroy and the entertainment goes from 7:00-9:00pm.
July 13, 14 The Canterbury Festival in beautiful Ingersoll. Wendell and his trio ‘The Smokin’ Section’ will be taking part in this lovely festival in the heart of Ingersoll. Contact:
July 15 Wendell is playing another private party. No details againJuly 20-22 Wendell is making his first ever appearance at the 4th Annual Canadian Guitar Festival in Odessa (outside of Kingston ON.) This is a weekend dedicated to guitar. In all styles, but mostly finger-style. Organized by Del Vezeau (the largest head in captivity) and hosted by Holmes Hooke (one of the nicest people on earth) it’s sure to be a great weekend. Details at
July 28 The town of Gore Bay is holding a big celebration with many great acts including Dala, Jeff Wiseman, Angie Nussey, Lily Creek Bluegrass, Nothing Sacred and the gap-tothed wonderboy…Wendell. Details at the town of Gore Bay.
Aug 3 It’s the Classic Country Music Reunion. (When did Wendell become a ‘classic’?) This is a celebration of many great acts from Canadian Country Music all converging for a whoop-it-up Jam-Bor-Ree weekend in Centennial Park right on the lake in beautiful Trenton, Ontario. Wendell will do a mainstage on Friday evening but mostly he’ll be in the ‘Watering Corral” getting ‘watered’. Details will soon be available at (site is presently under construction)
Aug 17, 18, 19 It’s Summerfolk time in Owen Sound. And Wendell is going to be there. His first appearance there in 3 years. There’s probably some good reason for that. Details will follow.
Aug 25 Wendell is once again backing up the lovely Sylvia Tyson. Details will follow.

Sept 7-11 Country Music Week is in Regina this year…the city that rhymes with fun. Wendell never misses this one. You shouldn’t either. Lots of great music, showcases and seminars…all culminating in the nationally televised Awards Show. Details at Canadian Country Music Assoc. web site:

1 Comment posted on "For the Sake of the Song with Wendell Ferguson"
Russ Clayton on August 15th, 2007 at 8:09 pm #

Wow! Incredible! Beautiful guitar playing! The fiddle song is brilliant. When I hear Wendell’s playing, I might as well be holding a piece of celery when I play.
I also found it interesting that he writes everything down, and then tosses the junk afterwards. I tend to try to write the final draft the first time, which can be frustrating sometimes. I guess I should be a little more laid back in my writing attempts.

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