Mark Humphries Friday, April 21, 2017 at 7:30pm Souris-Glenwood Community Hall
The lights dimmed, the back door opened, and the full lush sound of a trumpet could be heard as Mark Humphries opened his one-man show in Souris last Friday with Cherry Pink.
In between his comedy bits, the audience was taken aback with the versatility of his playing: from Annie’s Song on the penny whistle to thrilling musical numbers on the trombone, the flugelhorn, and the clarinet, to name a few. He even played two whistles at the same time in harmony, and exposed us to music from a tea-kettle and a hose with a funnel fastened on the end. His charming English accent combined with his penchant for vaudeville humour had those in attendance listening to his every word. Laughter appeared at every turn. Even some magic appeared in the cards and the bananas that he brought with him. One of the highlights was his sensitive trumpet performance of High on a Hill, a song which made it to the top of the charts in the UK.
By the end of the evening, the crowd assembled knew that Mark was no longer the Stranger on the Shore, but that You Got a Friend in Me.