JUDI MOFFATT-HILL (2022 Inductee)

Judi was born and raised on a dairy farm just outside of Leonard, Ontario, to a family of 8. Her musical career started around the upright piano in the Moffatt living-room, and in the Navan United Church choir. She remembers when the Tommy Hunter Show came to the Navan Arena, featuring the Family Brown, including Tracy, Barry and Lawanda. Judi was just a couple of years older than Tracy, but from that moment on, she knew she wanted to do THAT!! Perform in front of audiences, and SING!

She and her 2 older sisters, Doris and Hope, formed a folk group with Jim and Keith Graham, where they entertained around Russell County for several years. Judi went on to form a little country-rock band in the late 60’s, performing at dances around Russell County, until the Moffatt family sold the farm and moved to Carleton Place, in 1970, and a new era was born. By the mid-70’s she was waitressing on weekends at the Mississippi Hotel, where she met Ron McMunn, Ralph Carlson, Terry Carisse, Freddy Dixon, Jan McCambley...and eventually got up the nerve to ask the Fox if she could get up and sing a few songs at the Saturday afternoon matinee...and the rest, as they say, is history. She became a regular "guest vocalist" at the Mississippi. Around that same time, mid-70’s, she met Barry Munro, and he started asking her to join his band "Easy Listening" on occasion, when they were playing for dances all around Lanark County. They quickly became fast friends, and along with Rick Lemieux, Raymie Donaldson and Kenny Jackson, played for dances from Almonte to Lanark, Perth and Carleton Place for several years. She and Barry still perform together, and when they can get him, Brad Munro too. In 1990, her good friend Tom McCann asked if she would sing harmony for his bluegrass band, "Thunder Road", which she did until 1993. After that, she and Barry decided to perform as a duo (sometimes a trio with the late Rick Lemieux) in mid to late 90’s, playing at The Bridge Hotel in Carleton Place and Naismith Pub in Almonte.

At the CD Release party for After Sundown, Brad Munro and Marty McTiernan’s CD, she also came to the attention of Jim Long, then President of the Hall of Fame organization. He asked her to perform on the 2008 show... and the next year Elayne Carlson asked her if she would join the Board of Directors. She accepted, and was the Vice President for several years, until just a couple of years ago, and is now the Director of Marketing with this Board. She’s also been instrumental in organizing fundraisers (Relay for Life team in Almonte) and the Ron & Jeff McMunn Heart Jam held every February in Carleton Place, donations going to the Ottawa Heart Institute. This event will hopefully be coming back next year. She has also been on the organizing committee for the Goodwood Country Music Festival in Beckwith since 2017. In addition to her work with the Ottawa Valley Country Music Hall of Fame Board since 2009, she is one of the first to add her talents to any benefit for a worthy cause, whether it be singing, or recruiting others to help, promoting the event, selling tickets, organizing the food, working the bar - she’s there, and loves it. She has been asked to lend her harmony vocals to many local artists on their CDs, most notably "McMunn’s the Name" (Jamie and Jeff McMunn’s collaboration), and Denny Welburn’s CD. Classic country music is her heart and soul and she is humbly honoured to be joining the ranks of this Ottawa Valley Country Music Hall of Fame.

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