Creative Current – Choir’s Spring concert

Nadine Davenport's bi-monthly roundup of local music, arts and theatre.

Banner Painting fun for all

Ashcroft Communities in Bloom with Jo Petty are holding a banner painting session on March 18 and 19 from 6-9 pm. Call 250-453-9402 to register. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. CiB would like to thank United Way for funding on this great community project!

Choir Concert at St Albans Hall

Don’t’ miss a Spring Choral performance of The Sage Sound Singers on Saturday, March 29 at 7 pm at St Albans Hall. It will no doubt be a beautiful celebration of community and harmonies which is co-presented again with Winding Rivers Arts & Performance Society.

The night will begin with a short selection of springtime tunes, played on wooden recorders by Carmen Ranta and Wendy Coomber. The choir will take over with some popular songs of today and yesterday,. Then solo performances by the ever talented, Carmen Ranta on saxophone and Dimiter Terziev on piano. There will also be a must-see special performance by a “Cup Group”.

The Sage Sound Singers would like to thank Conductor, Carmen Ranta, Musical Director Michelle Reid and Pianist Dimiter Terziev for their commitment and passion to our musical community.

The Performance starts at 7 pm with doors at 6:30 pm. Admission by donation. Stayed tuned for more information and look for posters around town.

Comedy Duo Kenny Shaw & Brian Temple at the River Inn

The River Inn Pub presents the Comedy Duo of Kenny Shaw & Brian Temple on March 29. The play is a combination of Country Comedy and Sixties Music Tributes for Baby Boomers. An unexpected compatibility of harmony, musical preferences and humour.

You’ll never remember the harmony duos of the Baby Boomer generation the same way again. They are a high-powered comedy duo aimed directly at the funny bone of baby boomer audiences. Their musical tributes, unpredictable and zany antics, and high calibre musicality are gut achingly funny.

Kenny has received the BC Country Music Association’s “Entertainer of the Year Award” for four consecutive years, Brian is a multi-instrumentalist equally at home playing percussion, bass, or guitar and they both enjoy performing: parodies, skits, and hits by the harmony duos of the fifties and sixties.

This fast paced comedy/music show has a barrage of one-liners, musical impressions, sound effects and honey smooth musical tributes to the great duos of the Baby Boomer era, such as The Everly Brothers, Peter and Gordon, Sonny and Cher and more.

Kenny Shaw is known for being outrageously funny and continuously is being asked to “sing more”. So he has buddied up with long time friend and multi-talented Brian Temple who is highly respected in music circles for being a precision vocalist. Brian’s career has taken him throughout the North Western United States with show bands, and on to Vancouver’s nightclub circuit. Kenny Shaw and Brian Temple are one dynamite entertainment package. For more info call (250) 453-9124.

A Sunday afternoon school of folk with Ken Whiteley

Winding Rivers Arts & Performance Society hosts another fabulous Dessert Concert in downtown Ashcroft. Mark your calendars for their concert featuring folk legend Ken Whiteley. It’s a matinee at performance at 3 pm on Sunday, April 6. Tickets are now available at; Natures Gifts, the Ashcroft Bakery and the Jade Shoppe in Cache Creek, or call (250) 453-9100 to reserve your advance tickets.

Ken Whiteley is one of Canada’s most respected “roots” musicians. Drawing on his incredibly rich background in blues, gospel and folk styles, this seven time Juno award nominee is always a wonderful addition to any festival or concert series.

He has played at virtually every major folk festival in Canada and performed and recorded with such legends as Pete Seeger, John Hammond Jr., Tom Paxton, Blind John Davis, Stan Rogers, The Campbell Brothers, Guy Davis, Raffi, Linda Tillerey & the Cultural Heritage Choir and countless others. A prolific songwriter, a gifted and versatile instrumentalist and a powerful singer, Whiteley’s music communicates themes of freedom, love, spiritual aspiration and social comment. His performances are presented with participatory humour, grace and energy.

Ashcroft Art Show’s 47th year!

Don’t miss the 47th Annual Ashcroft Fine Art Show & Sale presented by the Ashcroft Arts Club from April 25-27 at St Albans Hall, 501 Brink St., where art lovers will gather to get a taste of what local Artists have to offer. Opening Night is Friday, April 25 (Adults only) from 6-9 pm. This year, there are many great artists exhibiting pieces including sculptures, photographs and paintings in water colour, acrylic and oil paint. Admission is by donation.

Enjoy beautiful paintings and drawings by many local talented Artists. Saturday to Tuesday from noon to 5 pm – all ages. The show also gives the artists a chance to showcase their work and meet with other artists and people from the community. Choose your favourites. Support local Artists from the area. Refreshments will be served. Local Artists paintings, photography and exhibits can also be purchased. Should you become the proud owner of one of these works of art you must pick it up at the close of the show on Tuesday.

Handbell Concert coming up in Cache Creek

Coming up on May 4 is a Spring Concert from the Desert Bells Handbell Choir. They will be performing in the Cache Creek Pentecostal Church. They don’t play often, so come out enjoy their music in the great acoustical setting of the church.

Nadine Davenport

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