Creative Current – new musical lineup from WRAPS

A bi-monthly roundup of music and theatre in the Ashcroft-Cache Creek area.

Enjoy an old-fashioned Fall Fair

See where your food comes from at the Ashcroft Fall Fair this weekend! With our theme, “We’ve Got a Good Thing Growing”, you’ll learn where it comes from, how it grows and how you can grow it. A fun day for the whole family, with activities for both kids and adults! Come down and enjoy an old-fashioned fair on Sunday, Sept. 9 from 10 am to 5 pm at the Drylands Arena. There will be live music, lots of great food and plenty to see and do!

The Fair Stage runs from 10:30 am to 4 pm. Acts throughout the day include Nadine & Friends, Kamloops Old Time Fiddlers, and a stellar line up of local and regional musicians who make up a blues-roots-rock group called Mudville and headliners from Saskia & Darrel.

Canadian duo Saskia and Darrel will once again return to Ashcroft. Their performance at the Fair will no doubt include a little folk roots Celtic music as well as some bluegrass and possibly even yodelling, according to a release from Saskia and Darrel. While they currently reside on Vancouver Island, Saskia is from the Netherlands and Darrel was born in the Prairies. They write about Canadian life and culture; tell stories about Louis Riel, war brides, journeys across the sea, mining towns, dance girls, voyageurs and rodeos.

This year’s Ashcroft Fall Fair promises to be bigger and better than ever, packed with all the frolic and merriment you would expect from a hometown event. Organizers encourage you to support your town in some good, old-fashioned fun. For more information, visit www.ashcroftfallfair.net or pick up a Fall Fair booklet around town. See you at the Fair!

Local Choirs start up in September

Mark your calendars now – the Sage Sound Singers Community Choir starts on Monday, Sept. 17. The Choir practices take place at the Ashcroft Elementary School on Mondays from 7-9 pm. Please remember to donate to the Second Time Around thrift shop, one of their key supporters. Contact Michelle at dmreid@telus.net if you are interested in joining this season. Lots of fun for all levels of singing.

Another Community Choir starts up in September as well. The local Bell Choir under the direction of Carmen Ranta. Contact her for more details and start date at cranta@gw.sd74.bc.ca.

Log Cabin Jam in Spences Bridge

Spences Bridge Log Cabin Pub Jam Nights have started up. You never know what you’re going to find at our jam sessions on Thursday nights, say Lori and John. Check out a great variety of amateurs and professionals every Thursday night from 8 pm on. There’s a full drum set always waiting for a drummer, next to the Hammond organ (also waiting). There’s a PA system, too! Bring your music maker and help fill the room with harmony or just sit and take in the tunes.  For more info call (250) 458-2215

WRAP’s Fall & Spring Dessert Concerts confirmed

A Fall and Spring line up for the 2012/13 Dessert Concert season organized by Winding Rivers Arts & Performance Society begins its third season of concerts at St Albans in downtown Ashcroft. You can look forward to five upcoming Dessert Concerts, and you can buy all five shows as a package deal. Visit the WRAP Society table at the Fall Fair to buy seasons tickets.

A slight change for the first concert scheduled for mid-September than previously reported: Cousin Harley will not be coming to town due to the band’s whole tour being cancelled.

WRAP is happy to announce a unique show that many will no doubt want to attend. Classical Pianist Dimiter Terziev and a cello/harp duo called Crossbow will share the bill, as WRAP presents a classical Sunday Matinee presentation on Sunday, Sept. 30 at 2 pm. Originally from Bulgaria now residing in Kamloops, Dimiter Terziev has performed numerous piano and chamber recitals in Canada and abroad. He has also performed with several Bulgarian orchestras and the Kamloops Symphony. As well, he is the Pianist for the local Community Choir in Ashcroft.

Also from Kamloops, Crossbow are Neil Burnett (Celtic harp, penny whistle, etc.) and Christina Zaenker (cello and voice) who make music from a new recipe for 38 strings, ringing timber, and assorted sonic spices.

The Society is excited about the musical which has just been finalized and includes the return of Juno Award Winner Steve Dawson on Sunday, Oct. 14 for an evening show. Steve is one of the most innovative resonator guitar stylists in North America.

On Nov. 4 you can look forward to the return of one of last year’s favourites, a quartet of violin virtuosos – Infinitus, for a Sunday afternoon matinee.

Coming on Friday, March 22 is a husband/wife duo with some old-time sweet harmony. Pharis and Jason Romero live in Horsefly, BC, where Jason makes his own guitars and banjos. You can expect some beautiful, striking duet singing with acoustic and National guitar and banjo on originals and well-loved songs from others.

For the final show of the Season on April 27, you can look forward to Vancouver-based sextet, Company B Jazz Band. They are a vintage vocal harmony swing band in the style of the Andrews and Boswell Sisters plus other renditions of classics from the 1920s through 1950s. Loaded with personality, the harmonies of the female vocal trio are well-complemented by an instrumental trio of clarinet/sax, guitar, and upright bass.

More from WRAP

Don’t forget in January and February WRAP will be presenting a comedy improve weekend workshop, followed by four Wednesday night performances of improv and stand up comedy. Step out of the winters blues and get your improv boots on!

WRAP will also be holding a Halloween Dance with live music, and producing a community play in November. Auditions for the play will be held in mid-January.

Check out www.windingriversarts.ca for information on all the upcoming artists and their music.

Nadine Davenport

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