Newcomer on ‘Quest’ for victory
John Thorgrimson has a message for the rest of the field in this year’s “Quest for the Best” competition: don’t take the kindly-looking elderly gentleman lightly.
“I’m going to take the title,” vowed Thorgrimson, who, at 73 years old, will become the oldest participant in the history of “Quest” when he takes the stage this Friday night under the big tent at the Sorting Gap Marina.
Thorgrimson’s Joe Namath-esque confidence is based on the fact he is no stranger playing to the size of crowd he will face at “Quest.”
“I have been playing live off and on since 1965,” noted the retired Kenora native, who moved to Fort Frances a month ago.
“Playing ‘Quest’ is just a challenge I want to take on,” he reasoned.
“When I first heard about it, I thought it was just for young people.”
Thorgrimson has been a member of six different country and country/rock bands during his performing career, touring from British Columbia to as far east as Niagara Falls.
The guitar-slinging senior even released a pair of singles, one each in 1973 and 1974, as part of the Jubilee Mountain Boys during his time living in Campbell River, B.C.
“Music is just so enjoyable to me,” said Thorgrimson, who lists Creedence Clearwater Revival, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, and Marty Robbins among his musical favourites.
“If I hear a song I like, I usually can remember it and play it pretty easily,” he added.
Thorgrimson is slated to perform “Don’t Worry About Me,” a Robbins classic, on Friday.
He fully expects he won’t be considered among the favourites to win the competition being an unknown quantity in these parts.
“There will probably be a lot of laughing when I get up there until they hear me sing,” he remarked.
“That’s what I’m counting on. I’ll try to pleasantly surprise them.”
Tickets for “Quest” cost $15 each, which are available at the Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce office and Causeway Insurance.
They also will be sold at the door while supplies last.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m., with the competition slated to get underway at 7:30.