Creative Current – A little romance before it’s back to the blues

Nadine Davenport's bi-monthly column of arts, music and theatre in the area.

Wayne Dyer’s ‘The Shift‘ showing in Ashcroft

UniTea is hosting the first of many  Video/Discussion Nights featuring a range of Spiritual/Environmental documentary style videos for enjoyment and conversation. A portion of these evenings is dedicated to discussion and reflection on the video. This is a free event.

The first evening will feature the Wayne Dyer-produced “The Shift” on Thursday, Feb. 5 at 7pm. In his film, Dr. Dyer explores the spiritual journey from ambition to meaning. The powerful shift from the ego constructs we are taught early in life by parents and society – which promote an emphasis on achievement and accumulation – are shown in contrast to a life of meaning, focused on serving and giving back.

Through the intertwined stories of an overachieving businessman, a mother of two seeking her own expression in the world, and a director trying to make a name for himself, this entertaining film not only inspires, but also teaches us how to create a life of meaning and purpose.

The Shift doesn’t mean that we lose our drive and ambition; it signifies that we become ambitious about something new. We make a commitment to living a life based on experiencing meaning and feeling purposeful, rather than a life based on never-ending demands and false promises that are the trademark of the ego’s agenda.

We can do this Ashcroft! Are you a change agent? Come join the conversation!

Jam Night on Thursday, Feb. 12

Music Jam Night at UniTea Tea Room on Railway Street every third Thursday of the month from 7-9:30pm will be a fun all inclusive night of song sharing. Next Jam night will be Thursday, Feb. 12. Bring your guitars, drums, shakers and song books.

Valentines Tea Party at UniTea

UniTea Tea Room will feature local world folk fusion quartet Spiritus Mundii – a compelling charismatic mix of World Fusion and Folk, featuring guitars, acoustic bass, flutes, harmonies and percussion! on Saturday, Feb. 14 Valentine’s Day. It will be a fun event to invite sweeties of all kinds and lovers of live and local music. Themed special drink and nibblies will be on the menu. Door prizes and Tea samples. Tickets at the door or call to reserve (250) 453-9345. Kids free!

Family Movie Night: The Penguins of Madagascar

The Village of Cache Creek presents another fun Family Movie at the Cache Creek Community Hall. This month it’s the fabulous family adventure flick called The Penguins of Madagascar.

Bring the whole family to see this great movie on Saturday, Feb. 21. Admission at the door. Doors open at 6pm, Movie starts at 6:30pm. Door Prizes! There will be popcorn and goodies available for purchase at the concession supporting Cache Creek Elementary School’s Parent Advisory Council.

A rookery of penguins with attitude – leader Skipper, brainy Kowalski, loony Rico and young Private – in Central Park Zoo embarks on what it sees as a series of strike-force missions until confronting an unwelcome challenge to its dominance from a new zoo resident: Julien, King of the Lemurs, in a sequel to the hit animated movies.

Kamloops’ Blues Quartet Doc and the Disorderlies

Don’t miss out on a fabulous evening of songs and music that will open your heart and unite your senses on Saturday, March 7 at UniTea Tea Room with Kamloops-based quartet Doc and the Disorderlies. An acoustic night of the senses with Bruce Campbell on Lead Guitar and Vocals, Chris Doherty (aka Doc) on Banjo, guitar, Vocals and Percussion, Fain Weiss on Vocals, Percussion and Ukulele, Gary Nielsen on Rhythm Guitar and Vocals.

Doc and the Disorderlies are a four piece acoustic band from Kamloops. Together they are proof that synergy exists. The heartbeat of their sound can be found in Doc’s original songs. With the help of the bands catchy melodies, witty lyrics and captivating rhythms his tunes continue to delight audiences. They also like to spice up their repertoire with some carefully selected and tastefully arranged cover tunes. The result is an eclectic mix of originals, swing, blues, old standards and contemporary ballads.

Doors open at 6:30pm – shows starts at 7:30pm at UniTea Tea Room (#100-210 Railway Ave in downtown Ashcroft). Tickets at the door or reserve your by calling (250) 453-9345 – limited to the first 30 people only.

Cougar Annie lives on

Winding Rivers Arts and Performance Society starts off 2015 on Saturday, March 15 with a 3pm matinee in St. Alban’s Hall of Katrina Kadoski’s musical one-woman show called Cougar Annie Tales about the life and times of an amazing west coast female pioneer.

Famed for killing 70 cougars and outliving four husbands in the remote and windswept Clayquot rainforest, the indomitable spirit of west coast pioneer Cougar Annie lives on in Katrina Kadoski’s musical one-woman show. Annie’s stories, letters and photos from her long and fascinating life are interwoven with original songs (on guitar and banjo) by this delightful Vancouver island Performer.

Tickets in advance at The Ashcroft Bakery, Nature’s Gifts, the Ashcroft Liquor Store and UniTea Tea Room or by calling (250) 453 2053 or email to reserve. You can also help out as a Volunteer to get a discounted ticket!  Well worth it for just a few hours work. For info, .

Harmonica Player of the Year in Logan Lake

Harpdog Brown & his Traveling Blues Show will be in Logan Lake on Wednesday, March 18,  downstairs in the Black Bull Pub. Doors open 7 pm, Showtime 7:30 pm. Must be at least 19 with advance tickets available at the Bull and the Pick or phone 250 523-2399 and purchase by credit card. Also available at the door for cash only. This is a fundraiser for the Logan Lake Ranch & Country Club.

Brown is working here with his road band – Hunter on drums (the two go all the way back to 1983), bassist George Fenn, and relative youngster Jordan Edmonds on guitar. They take a basic, no-frills approach to tunes, the rhythms rock solid, punctuated by Edmonds’ churning, spiky guitar. Covers include Little Walter’s “Blue Lights” and Sonny Boy Williamson’s “In My Younger Days,” both allowing Brown to stretch out with some exquisite work on both amplified and acoustic harmonica. There’s also one from the Wolf (“All Night Boogie”) and a furiously swinging “Git Ta Gittin’ Baby” to go with the uniformly sturdy originals.

Jason & Pharis Romero at the Grand Central Station Restaurant

Creative Cow Productions and The Grand Central Station Restaurant will co-host a Dinner Concert on Saturday, March 21 with husband and wife duo of Jason & Pharis Romero. This co-production is the first of many in collaboration with Nadine Davenport Owner/Presenter from UniTea Tea Room. Doors open at 5pm, Music starts at 7:30pm. Tickets are available for both the Dinner/Show and just for the Show, and are now available in advance at UniTea Tea Room  or call (250) 453-9345 for more information.

Pharis & Jason reside in Horsefly, where Jason also makes his own guitars and banjos. Expect some beautiful, striking duets with acoustic and National guitar and banjo on originals and well-loved songs from others. Close your eyes and you’ll think you’re sitting on the front porch of some Appalachian cabin, kicking back with a banjo and guitar and some sweet tea. Rooted in the old-time mountain music of Virginia and Tennessee, their approach is an unpretentious single microphone between the two – for that Grand Ol Opry sound.

Rick Scott coming to Ashcroft

Singer, songwriter and dulcimer ace Rick Scott combines music and laughter in lively, participatory concerts for all ages. His gift for combining wacky humour and poignant human commentary has earned him a devoted following from four generations around the world. He will be coming to Ashcroft on Sunday, April 12 for a special 3pm Matinee show at St. Albans Hall.

For over 35 years Scott has performed in schools, festivals and concert halls in Canada and elsewhere. He’s Goodwill Ambassador for the Down Syndrome Research Foundation, and offers inspirational keynote concerts for educators and caregivers and Music as a Second Language song writing workshops for people who don’t think that they’re musical.

Tickets in advance at The Ashcroft Bakery, Nature’s Gifts, the Ashcroft Liquor Store and UniTea Tea Room or by calling (250) 453-2053 or email to reserve.

Desert Bells Handbell Concert in Cache Creek

The Desert Bells Hand Bell Choir will return for a Spring Concert on Sunday, May 3 at the Pentecostal Church in Cache Creek. The Matinee show will feature the Bell Choir and other local ensembles and soloists.

Desert Bells Handbell Choir, an intergenerational group that rehearses on Thursday evenings in Cache Creek Elementary School.

Nadine Davenport