HARRY ADRAIN (2018 Inductee)

Harry was born on June 22, 1942 - the third of fourteen children in Westport, Ontario. His love for country music began at an early age; he could recognize a song and the artist from the first notes he heard on the radio as a very young child. A neighbour purchased Harry’s first guitar and Harry repaid him by working on that farm.

He joined his first band when Kenny Jackson approached him to play rhythm guitar and sing for the Valley Cruisers in 1959. The following years were filed with weekends playing dances, weddings, anniversaries, fundraisers, jamborees and festivals.

He is tremendously humbled and honoured to have shared the stage with many of the finest musicians and entertainers in the Ottawa Valley. Strong friendships formed with many musicians over time, but few as special as the bond Harry had with Gary "Spike" Spicer. The times spent off stage become more and more frequent over the passing years and much laughter and many memories were made with others. Ron McMunn, Steve Piticco, Ray Adams, Don O’Neill, Neville Wells, Fred Ducharme and Louis Lacelle became quick and steadfast friends also.

Harry has been married to Eleanor, the love of his life, for 56 years and they have three daughters, Cheryl, Laurie and Debbie and two grandchildren, Borden and Mackenzie.

He continues to entertain every weekend to full capacity halls for jamborees, dances and fundraisers. His love of traditional country music classics is still going strong.


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