Humour to highlight Simmons concert

What can you expect from an musician who wears hats made out of kitchen supplies, moose antlers, a goose decoy, tin can lids, and ping-pong balls?
Fun, games, and lots of laughs, said Al Simmons, the Juno Award-winning children’s entertainer who will bring his act to the Townshend Theatre next Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. as part of the “Kids and Co.” lineup.
Season subscribers will get first chance at seats beginning at 6 p.m., with the doors opening to others at 6:15 p.m.
Single tickets cost $11 each, which are available at the Fort Frances Public Library.
“The audience laughing–that really invigorates me,” Simmons noted Monday from his home in Anola, Man. “I try not to alienate any [age group] and a lot of adults think my humour is aimed at them!
“I seem to be able to bridge the generation gap [but], in reality, my show is geared for ages three to 12,” he added.
Simmons, who can play the harmonica with his nose, said he travels to each performance with a van full of props and gadgets. He also changes costumes numerous times during his 60-minute show.
“Humour was so much a part of my upbringing and all my relatives, everybody is so funny–or maybe that’s just a side I see of people,” he reasoned.
“I like to watch people [and] somebody will say something that will spark an idea [for a song],” Simmons said, noting he writes most of his own music.
“But I’m probably like most writers. I need to be sitting at my computer with a sharpened pencil, a cup of tea, and the phone can’t ring,” he mused.
“I do just about anything not to have to write. If anything, I could write a song about procrastination but I don’t know if I’ll get around to it,” he joked.