With almost four decades of music under his belt, including nineteen albums and counting, Errol “C-Weed” Ranville has been a stalwart figure in Canada’s country music scene. After spending the 70s perfecting his craft in small clubs, Ranville slid onto the nation’s music scene in 1980 with his cover of The Band’s “Evangeline.” The song would hit number one on the Canadian Country Music Charts, and Errol and his ever-evolving C-Weed Band have shown no signs of slowing since.
A string of quality albums in the 80s, highlighted by tracks like “Bringing home the good times” and “Magic in the Music” would lead to back-to-back Juno nods for Country Group of the Year and several Manitoba Country Music Awards. But Errol has never really played for the accolades. C-Weed’s brand of country music has always been flush with honesty, with lyrics indicative of his proud aboriginal heritage.
His latest album “Forever”, released in 2012, featuring all new original material has been another showpiece for Errol with its first single “Can this be love” hitting #1 on the National Aboriginal Top 40 Countdown, and “Last Train” reaching #1 soon after.
Currently, C-Weed is in the studio recording his 20th album to be released in 2015; a record paying tribute to the original C-Weed Band. He is also enjoying touring with his seven piece band in Aboriginal communities across Canada.
The current tour incorporates both classic C-Weed songs and new material, with his namesake original band members. The original members Don Ranville (drums), Wally Ranville (bass), the Dutiaume brothers Clint Dutiaume (lead guitar and fiddle) and Tom Dutiaume (lead guitar and backup vocals), Paul Hampton (piano) and new to the band soprano Ashley Klassen (backup vocals).
On occasion, he’ll share the stage with the young Ali Fontaine, whose bright career Errol has helped showcase, including co-producing her award-winning albums. It has always been Errol’s mission to bring Aboriginal music to the mainstream, and today that future looks brighter than ever.
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