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L. TO R.: GORD BAKER, BOB WINDSOR, ROB WITTKIE, ANDY TETREAULT.

Andy is a Powersports technician who

lives in Spencerville. He’s married with three children. Rob is the local County Clerk for the

Township of Beckwith and the Captain of the Beckwith Fire Department. Married with a boy and a girl (ages 13 and 14), he lives outside Carleton Place. Put all these guys together, and they become

15 years old and the heart-throb of every teenage girl in a poodle skirt. And that, of course, is their lasting charm. Their show – and it is a show – “lends itself

to the campiest, the cheesiest of the cheese,” admits Bob with a laugh. “Once we started entertaining as well as making music, it was like gasoline on a fire.” He says they all have a “whacked-out” sense

of humour: “borderline bizarre”, and that’s part of the fun of the performance. “We take entertaining seriously, but not

ourselves,” he says. “We get it right more than we get it wrong.” Although their performances are almost

always the same (“Our routine is like clockwork,’ says Bob), there’s room for improvisation and nonsense. If they make mistakes, it’s a golden opportunity for poking fun at each other. Still, show after show follow a template.

They sing most of the same songs in the same order. They have the same choreographed moves. They have used the same matching guitars since 1992, the same shoes since 1988. But no one minds. People keep coming back.

They’ll often hear that Eddy and the Stingrays will be at a local legion or at a fundraising event; at casinos, fairs or festivals. The band also plays at “milestone parties” – weddings, anniversaries, birthdays.

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Photo by FRANCIE HEALY

Who is Eddy, anyway? Is he

anything like his alter ego? Bob didn’t think so at first. He himself was a

self-conscious teenager, a bit shy and reserved. But through the years, as he matured and took on the fun of Eddy’s character, he began to see “we’re not nearly as far apart now as we used to be.” In fact, he says, he’s more

“Eddy” than he realized, at least on stage. When he’s in the limelight, Eddy is “the guy who wears the lampshade on his head at the party. He’ll do almost anything for a laugh.” And yet, underneath it all

is still Bob Windsor, who is serious about providing great entertainment. He worries about it sometimes. He asks himself if “the package” of Eddy and the Stingrays is “enough”. Maybe at moments like

that he forgets his unusual skill of being able to play a lick while he’s on his back on the floor, feet in the air, or jumping straight up, or doing some wild dance step, without missing a note. Then, of course, there are the

synchronized moves they all make. “We liked the look of Motown,”

Bob recalls. “But, unlike the Motown dancers, we wanted to play our own instruments at the same time.” Now the moves are so much a part of them

they can’t always separate them from the music. “We’ll be standing there

Photos Courtesy of

BOB WINDSOR

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