appearing as GORDON LIGHTFOOT
Vocals, 6 and 12-string guitars
If you have read Mike Fornes’ newspaper work, heard him on the radio, seen him on TV or read any of the three books he has written, his love of Michigan's Straits of Mackinac area is clear. The woods, the water and the wildlife blend with the North Country music you’ll hear in concert.
Retired from a radio and television play-by-play career that spanned 26 years and more than 1,500 broadcasts in the National Hockey League and professional baseball, Mike's portrayal of Gordon Lightfoot is simply an honest effort to entertain with an accurate representation of a Lightfoot show.
His tireless research and personal interaction with Lightfoot have led to accurate mannerisms, speaking patterns, clothing and musical styles performed on 6 and 12-string guitars identical to those used by the Canadian icon in concert.
The “WHISPERS OF THE NORTH” Band
Four talented area musicians play the roles of Gordon Lightfoot’s stage band, replicating parts heard on recordings and in live performances by Carter Lancaster (lead guitar), Barry Keane (drums), Rick Haynes (bass) and Michael Heffernan (keyboards).
Mike Freymuth as Carter Lancaster
Electric and acoustic lead guitars
The versatile lead guitar work of Mike Freymuth adds the authenticity of the acoustic and electric sounds that Red Shea, Terry Clements and now Carter Lancaster have provided for Lightfoot’s music. Born in Jackson, Mich. , and now living in Gaylord, Mike has played professionally in roles that include top-40 bands and performing as George Harrison in the Beatles tribute “The Fab Four.” He spent many years as a studio musician in the 70s and still loves to record and produce live sound for various artists and productions for the Gaylord Community Theater.
JACK BOYD as Rick Haynes
Born in Waterford, Mich., Jack started playing bass at the age of 15 and studied music in college. His experiences include stints with local acts Duck Soup, Pair O Jacks, Mulligan Stew and the Cadillac Symphony, playing everything from country and bluegrass to Motown, Celtic-Irish and classical.
Jack lists his musical influences as Merle Haggard, Miles Davis, The Beatles, Yes and Gordon Lightfoot. He enjoys camping, hiking, fishing and hunting.
GEORGE KRAWCZYK as Mike Heffernan
The versatile Director of Music Ministry at St. Mary/St. Charles Church in Cheboygan, George Krawczyk has appeared in countless area musical productions on piano and organ since his move to Northern Michigan after a 23-year stint of playing and teaching in the Flint and Ann Arbor areas. Besides his superior work in religious music and show tunes in local productions, Krawczyk also enjoys playing in jazz and easy listening roles. He annually writes a musical comedy for children’s theatre.
MATT WOHLFEILL as Barry Keane
Drums and percussion
Matt retired in 2014 from the Cadillac Police Department after working since 1989 as a patrol officer, community services officer, road patrol sergeant, captain, and chief of police. In addition to serving as a 911 dispatcher, firefighter and EMT first-responder, Matt also has a U.S. Coast Guard 50-ton captain’s license. Among his musical tastes are Motown, blues, beautiful instrumental arrangements and moving vocal harmonies.