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Father and Sons put on a performance at the Waterfront Amphitheater

By Christina Van Starkenburg

From the left: Eli Boucher Jr., Liam O’Connor, Eli Boucher Sr., and Neil O’Connor enchant the crowds as they perform for the fourth annual Fathers and Sons concert at the Pembroke Amphitheater

From the left: Eli Boucher Jr., Liam O’Connor, Eli Boucher Sr., and Neil O’Connor enchant the crowds as they perform for the fourth annual Fathers and Sons concert at the Pembroke Amphitheater

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The Pembroke Amphitheatre overflowed with people who came out to listen to the fourth annual Fathers and Sons Waterfront Live concert.

Every year the four men get together to enjoy each other’s company and dazzle their listeners. Eli Boucher Sr. and Neil O’Connor have been singing and playing together since they were in their teens, and they introduced their sons to music. Now Eli Boucher Jr. and Liam O’Connor continue the family connection as they also play and sing together.

“They know each other really well musically,” said Joan Boucher, the mother and wife of half of the band’s members. “They didn’t even practice for this, because they’ve played so together so often.”

The men enchanted the crowds as they sang in perfect harmony together, moving so smoothly from one song to another it was hard to believe that they didn’t practice for it. Their ability to perform together with each of them knowing their place without prior practice showed how close the men are to each other.

“When they get together to play I’m always very moved because of the dynamic,” said Joan Boucher. “Neil’s family, is like family. I’m very proud of them.”

Joan Boucher and Megan O’Connor both sat among the crowds listening to their husbands and sons play. Both women are very proud of their sons’ and husbands’ musical talent. They also agreed that music is a constant and wonderful part of their lives.

“When he [Liam] comes home on weekends and plays the piano or picks up his guitar, it’s like the house becomes a different place. It’s full of music,” said Megan O’Connor.

The Fathers and Sons show was put on in order to collect some food for the Salvation Army Food Bank. The community once again showed its support for the organization because when the concert started the collection basket was overflowing with the generous donations of those who came to listen.

Christina Van Starkenburg is a Daily Observer multimedia journalist.

c.vanstarkenburg@sunmedia.ca


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