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REPORTING · 22nd July 2010
Merv Ritchie
You can hear the whistle blow and the familiar "All Aboard" as the Copper Mountain String Band winds up a fast paced ripping rendition of Wayne Sheridan's Midnight Train.

And this is the title of their recently completed and just released CD, 'Midnight Train'.

Recorded and Mixed in Terrace at the Alander twins recording studio, Rootworx; Jean and Jack Cook, Eric Sweeney and lead Guitar, composer and vocalist, Wayne Sheridan are proud to present this compilation of eight original songs and one traditional arrangement.

Some great sound effects, digital (Rootworxs Arron Alander) and some natural (Sheridans Great Pyrenees dogs for the barking and growling) are combined with the talented musical skill of these four musicians.

Copper Mountain String Band has been a regular staple of Northwest life providing the background and main stage entertainment of almost every event throughout the last two decades. This however is their first CD and it is about time.

Jean Cook stands up tall strumming the Upright Bass adding her vocal talents to the harmonies and her own lead songs. Her husband Jack also provides vocals in addition to his talents on the Mandolin, acoustic guitar and blowing the train whistle. Eric Sweeney adds his rhythm with the banjo's (a 5 string and a claw hammer) along with the resonator Guitar.

The man behind the performances, the guy who writes the songs, is Wayne Sheridan. His fast finger action on the slide guitar and the lead resonator guitar along with his smooth and exciting vocal arrangements keeps the music hot and exciting. Here is a local guy with talent to spare. This team of musicians is worthy of note. They have spent many years perfecting what they have.

CD’s can be found in various locations around Terrace such as Sight and Sound and also directly through their website

Performing at the Canada Day Celebrations this year in Kitimat we filmed three of their performances.

Midnight Train HEAR.

Dreaming in a Deep Blue Sea HEAR.


Don't Treat Your Man Like a Dog HEAR. (Watch how Jack make Jean mess up her lines.)