Lotta hootin’ and hollerin’!

At the stroke of midnight, more than 100 revelers toasted the New Year at Clemes Hall in Spences Bridge.

New Year’s Eve fun at the Spences Bridge Community Hall

New Year’s Eve fun at the Spences Bridge Community Hall

At the stroke of midnight, more than 100 revelers toasted the New Year at Clemes Hall in Spences Bridge.

The dance floor was full all night long with an atmosphere of excitement with the anticipation of the new year approaching.

A lot of hootin’ and good natured hollerin’ filled the beautifully decorated room of white lights and organdy lace, plus a generous spread of food and munchies. My favourite was the apple cinnamon puffs.

Wichita Trip had us dancing all night long. They played a mix of great covers and original material ranging in style from Classic Country Honky Tonk to Western Swing. The band played their hearts out, mentioning it was the longest they have ever played, and it was the crowd that spurred them on.

Congrats to the Spences Bridge Community Club for a great time had by all!

Cummins releases premier CD

The new CD, Medieval Melodies & Traditional Folk Songs released by Karla Cummins is now available at Nature’s Gift in Ashcroft and at The Art We Are in Kamloops.

The song list includes traditional folk songs like Greensleeves, Thus Sings My Dearest Jewel, Gather Ye Rosebuds and Now is the Month of Maying.

Check out her website at www.myspace.com/karlacummins

Tuning in to a ‘Buffalo’ Station

Live music continues in Ashcroft at Buffalo Station (formerly Ashcroft Corral). Nadine Davenport entertains every Saturday from 6:30-8:30 pm.

Come on down to enjoy some great food, music and surprise guests!

Jam Night at The Rec Centre

The Ashcroft Rec Centre is hosting a Jam Night on Friday, Jan. 21. Bring your instrument or sit and enjoy the sounds, suds and appys. Doors open at 8:30 pm, music starts 9 pm. For more info (250) 453-2400.

House Concerts return !

Creative Cow is back after a mid-winter break with House Concerts for music lovers in the Ashcroft area.

Cosy Sheridan with songwriter and multi-instrumentalist TR Ritchie will be coming through town on Saturday, Feb. 12 with music starting at 8 pm. Please phone to reserve your seat and for the house location for newcomers.

Cosy Sheridan has been called “one of the era’s finest and most thoughtful singer-songwriters.” A storyteller as well as a songwriter, she weaves children’s fables into metaphors of modern adulthood: The Little Engine That Could talks with Ferdinand The Bull. Her modern renditions of mythology (we meet Hades the biker) have won her fans and praise from the press. The Cornell Folksong Society wrote: “Sheridan is frank, feisty, sublimely and devilishly funny. She fuses myth with modern culture; Persephone with Botox.”

TR Ritchie has been dubbed a ‘classic folk troubadour’ by Performing Songwriter magazine, Ritchie’s roots-influenced music has a timeless appeal. For more info please call (250) 453-9100 or visit/join us on facebook: www.facebook.com/creativecowhouseconcerts.

Support Grad Class ‘11 Extravaganza!

A 2011 Grad Dinner Fundraising Extravaganza will be held Saturday, Feb. 26 at the Cache Creek Community Hall. Doors open at 5 pm with Dinner from 5:30-6:30 pm. Entertainment to start at 6:30 pm which includes a teen fashion show, music by Nadine Davenport, Rob Hall and Meeka Morgan Hall and friends, and a Silent Auction.

Tickets will be available at The Ashcroft Bakery and from Grads in town. For further info call Lee (250) 453-2625.

‘Taking pedal steel guitar out of its comfort zone’

Winding Rivers Arts & Performance Society hosts another fabulous Dinner/Concert on Sunday, March 20 with multi-instrumentalist and accomplished Canadian guitarist Steve Dawson. Specializing in slide and fingerstyle guitar, pedal steel, lap steel, banjo and other stringed instruments, he is in demand as a live performer, session musician, and Producer. Over the last decade, Steve has risen to prominence in the Canadian music scene with his work on dozens of acclaimed recordings and tours that have taken him around the world and across North America countless times. His music has been described as a refreshing blast of spirited and inspired roots-jazz-pop-improv that stands on its own in the landscape of Canadian music. Check out his website at www.stevedawson.ca.

The 3rd Dinner Concert is scheduled for Saturday, Apr. 2 with Flamenco Guitarist John Gilliat. Both events are held at St Alban’s Hall. Tickets are available now at The Ashcroft Bakery, Williams General Store & Chandra’s Herbal Health. As these shows will no doubt be sell outs, please buy early. For more info call (250) 453 9100 or visit www.windingriversarts.ca