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A letter about Prairie Oyster and transgender drummers

Mr. Ed received the following note today from roots-rocker David Celia (shown), who's playing at Sault Ste. Marie's Bottom's Up Lounge this Saturday (October 28).
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Mr. Ed received the following note today from roots-rocker David Celia (shown), who's playing at Sault Ste. Marie's Bottom's Up Lounge this Saturday (October 28).

Prairie Oyster keyboardist Joan Besen will be staying behind from her Friday-night performance at the Best Western to play with him.

To learn more about David Celia, please click here.

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Dear Ed:

I appreciate you are a writer and are entitled to your opinion but what I read from you didn't sound right.

I know the band well and Joan Besen has recently become like a family member to us.

The kids love her.

I heard many stories and without offending anyone, I would just like to say that they do not have transgender issues.

They are the most real band I know today.

They have struggled through many problems including this issue and all the press around it.

The fact that they still maintain to rock with originality and solidness (currently with their original drummer, John
Adames) is living proof that they are genuine.

For a band that size (eight people plus two crew) to stay together over 25 years now says something, especially in Canada.

Bohdan is and was a great drummer, there is no doubt.

I don't think the band would have played with him if they didn't feel a strong musical vibe.

But I believe this is a case of the juicier story getting the publicity.

He was an official member of the band for only two years.

Haven't you heard how hard it is for a band to keep a good drummer?

I hope you would research both sides of the story before you influence the public.

Has anybody in the press asked Oyster what their take was?

I bet it wasn't printed.

Anyway, I also wanted to add that I will be performing in the Soo for my first time the following night at Bottom's Up Lounge (Saturday, Oct. 28).

Joan Besen is staying on an extra night to play with me.

Please come out and if you can and talk to us.

I think it will be a good time.

Best regards,

Dave

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