Winding Rivers Arts hosted Miss Quincy  last November showcased the trio entertaining a large group of kids at the Ashcroft High School Library and a great supportive crowd at St Albans Hall later that night.

Winding Rivers Arts hosted Miss Quincy last November showcased the trio entertaining a large group of kids at the Ashcroft High School Library and a great supportive crowd at St Albans Hall later that night.

Creative Current – Special concerts on WRAPS’ schedule

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

Family Night Movie this month: Free Birds

The Village of Cache Creek presents another fun Family Movie at the Cache Creek Community Hall. The feature movie this month is the animated pre-DVD-release of Free Birds. In this hilarious, adventurous buddy comedy for audiences of all ages, directed by Jimmy Hayward, two turkeys from opposite sides of the tracks must put aside their differences and team up to travel back in time to change the course of history – and get turkey off the Thanksgiving menu for good.

Bring the whole family to see this funny adventurous movie on Saturday, January 18. Admission at the door. Doors open at 6:30 pm with the Movie starting at 7 pm. There will be popcorn and goodies available for purchase at the concession supporting Cache Creek Elementary School’s Parent Advisory Council. No outside food or drinks, please. Children must be supervised and remain seated and quiet during the movie please.

WRAP presents a Classical Valentines’ weekend Matinee

Winding Rivers Arts & Performance Society offers four more fabulous Dessert Concerts in downtown Ashcroft at St Albans Hall. Here’s a lineup of what they have coming up from February through to May. Tickets are now available at The Ashcroft Bakery, Natures Gifts and our new location – in Cache Creek at The Jade Shop. You can also help out as a volunteer to get a discounted ticket. Well worth it for just a few hours work! For more info call (250) 453-9100 or email windingriversarts@gmail.com.

On Valentines weekend they will feature a very unique Sunday Matinee show. Take your sweetie, mom, or the whole family to ‘Paws & Tales ensemble’ on Sunday, Feb. 16. ‘Paws and Tales’ is a quartet of classical musicians from Kamloops. Headed up by our favourite Ashcroft Choir pianist – Dimiter Terziev. This ensemble also includes Catharine Dochst on Flute, Sally Arai on Clarinet, Dimiter Terziev on Piano and Opera Singer, Carlene Wiebe on Vocals.

Coming in March on Friday, March 14 will be The Moonshiners. Known for their powerful three part harmonies, danceable grooves and wild instrumental excursions The Moonshiners are an Urban West Coast take on Bluegrass, folk, early Country and Blues.

Based in Victoria, the Band is comprised of some of Vancouver Island’s best acoustic musicians:  Chris Herbst (Dobro, vocals), Cluny Macpherson (Bass, vocals), Miriam Sonstenes (Fiddle, Vocals), Mike Brooks (Mandolin) and Tad Ruszel (Guitar, vocals).

On April 6 a special Sunday Matinee gospel style with the fabulous Ken Whiteley, who is a Canadian roots music legend. His musical journey has taken him from jug band, folk and swing to blues, gospel and children’s music. Among numerous accolades, he has been awarded a Canadian Folk Music Award, Genie Award for Best Original Song in a Canadian film, Lifetime Achievement recognition from the Ontario Council of Folk Festivals and Mariposa Folk Festival.

Whether leading his own group, solo or collaborating with peers at blues, folk, children’s festivals and concerts of all sizes, his “…deep knowledge and infectious passion” guarantee good times for all.

Closing out the Season will be First Nations Artist, Sandy Scofield on Friday, May 9. Scofield is a multi-award winning composer, musician and singer.

A Métis from the Saulteaux and Cree Nations, she hails from four generations of fiddlers, singers and musicians. Over the years, she has mentored innumerable First Nations singers and songwriters in the way of rudimentary music theory, vocal techniques, song writing craft and music-industry protocol. She has toured to festivals on four continents, and in 2011, performed at the International Rainforest World Music Festival in Borneo making this the fifth continent where she has performed.

House Concert with beat-box poet CR Avery

Creative Cow House Concerts presents a House Concert with slam-poet, beat-box, multi-instrumentalist, CR Avery. Join them for to the Ashcroft area for a House Concert on Friday, Feb. 28 at the Farmhouse at Barnes Lake (just 12 minutes from downtown Ashcroft). The show starts at 7:30 pm and the house location is at 3820 Barnes Lake Rd, just past IG Machine & Fibres.

C.R. Avery is a unique, raw and dynamic performer. His genius lies in many genres – blues, hip-hop, spoken word and rock & roll. He is a one-man band, but one for this generation with the rare ability to sing poetic verse while beat boxing simultaneously while pounding the piano and adding harmonica like a plot twist. A multi-talented front man for his Legal Tender String Quartet; a crazed lead singer/harp player for his rock & roll band The Special Interest Group; a lyrical dynamo and the musical backbone of the spoken word trio Tons of Fun University.

Call Nadine or Andrea at (250) 453-9100 to reserve your seat. Hope to some new faces at this very enjoyable community event – coffee, tea and sweets provided. Sure to be a great show!

Nadine Davenport