THE COUNTRY GENTLEMEN (1999 Inductees)

For over thirty years, Harry Ferguson and Al Utronki were among the Ottawa Valley’s busiest performers. In the early years, Harry's smooth traditional vocals and Al’s instrumental wizardry became their personal trademarks as the duo filled dance halls in Douglas and Cobden week after week. The sixties’ most popular venues were the hotel lounges of Pontiac County and, once again, they were constantly busy.

Times changed, and longtime commitments were replaced by week-to-week bookings. Their popularity throughout the Valley attracted numerous private and corporate gigs and repeated performances in Petawawa’s military bases. During these hectic years, they also found time to record on the Montaigne and Rodeo labels. The list of entertainers who played with them includes some of the valleys finest.

Sadly, both Harry and Al passed away within 5 months of each other. Harry, on Oct 11th, 2009, and Al on Feb 6th, 2010.


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