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If you had told me 30 odd years ago that Albert Pasqua, Billy Hughey and Paul Asselin would still be playing a mix of folk, rock and pop songs with unique instrumental stylings and rich harmonies, I would have said, "Yeah, that sounds about right."
- Spiny Norman, Hamilton
They're The Sad Sacks. They play the stuff you love but you have forgotten about.
- Mr. Badger, Oakville
The Sad Sacks! You can do better, but you can't do sadder.
- Luigi Vercotti, Toronto
Hits and long forgotten gems. Unique arrangements, rich harmonies, sometimes joyous, often melancholic and occasionally downright depressing. That's The Sad Sacks.
- Doug & Dinsdale Piranhna, Fonthill
Their unique instrumentation, sweet harmonies, and good nature means that you'll love revisiting the smooth folk/rock and pop sounds of the last 50 years. It's time to break open a well-mixed bag of musical memories by spending an evening with The Sad Sacks.- Arthur Nudge, St. Catharines
If you tell Paul "you can't do it", he will quickly set out to prove you right. No one has ever told him "you can't play guitar and sometimes bass with 2 of your best friends, singing primarily sad songs or even happy songs that you have turned into sad ones and get away with it". And that's exactly what he's been doing for over 30 years. And he'll keep doing it too, along with his other passion of crying over spilt milk, until someone tells him he can't.
Bass & Lead Guitar
Restless and fidgety by nature, Billy hops between instruments to keep himself busy. Though he likes to take life in jig time — likely due to his folk and Celtic music background — he rarely does so with these guys. They do give him the opportunity to play his guitars and bouzouki though, to indulge his restless tap-tapping in a musically productive way now (on a djembe), and to still blow an occasional harmonica. And, he has kept singing with Paul and Albert after all these years. Who needs jig time?
Rhythm Guitar, Bouzouki, Djembe
Albert started as a bass player in college in hopes it would bring him closer to the ladies. It didn't. So he moved on to the guitar but he was immediately drawn to the acoustic, finger-style, and folk worlds — it didn't. What instrument could he play that would draw the ladies in? Of course, the banjo! He's not even a banjo player, he just plays a banjo. So, he took one more crack at it – yep, the ukulele! Oh boy!
Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, & Ukulele