Willie P Bennett Benefit this Friday


‘Bennefitt’ to aid stricken singer Willie P.

Wed, July 25, 2007

On the weekend at the Home County Folk Festival, Canadian roots music stars Blackie & the Rodeo Kings paid tribute to singer- songwriter Willie P. Bennett, whose songs inspired the trio and provided their name.

On Friday night, they take the stage in their inspiration’s hometown of Peterborough at “the Willie P. Bennefitt,” a concert to support the Canadian folk music legend as he recovers from a heart attack suffered in May.

Heartstrings: A Concert of Support for Willie P. Bennett, features Blackie & the Rodeo Kings, Fred Eaglesmith and others. It’s set for Friday at 8 p.m. at Peterborough’s Market Hall. Bennett, 55, is expected to attend.

Bennett says he is moved by the support from so many friends.

“I still haven’t had the major tests that will allow the doctors to let me know exactly what is going on, ” Bennett says on his website. “Much as it goes against my personal grain to take anyone’s advice, in this particular case, I think I would be prudent to listen to the doctors and all the fans who advise me to get better first, and then get back out on the road.”

Like most musicians, Bennett is self-employed and does not have extended health coverage.

At Home County, BARK’s Colin Linden recalled sleeping under the bandshell at Victoria Park in 1975 to make sure he got to hear his hero, Bennett, at that year’s folk fest.

Linden Tom Wilson and Stephen Fearing formed the trio 11 years ago to honour Bennett, who was based in London early in his career.

The website http://www.fredjeaglesmith.com is the online place to buy tickets, which are $55.

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