Creative Current – Spring brings fresh creativity and concerts

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

Classical Valentine weekend matinee

Winding Rivers Arts & Performance Society offers four more fabulous Dessert Concerts in downtown Ashcroft at St Albans Hall. Tickets are now available at The Ashcroft Bakery, Nature’s Gifts and The Jade Shoppe in Cache Creek. 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

On Valentines weekend come out and see a very unique Sunday matinee show. Bring 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, Paws & Tales presents a concert programme which focuses on art music pieces either related to the animal theme or having a narrative story behind them. The range of music styles in the concert is enormous – it includes works from, 18th century (Scarlatti, Daquin, Mozart), 19th Century (Grieg, Debussy), and contemporaries (Clifford Crawley, Catherine McMichael). The soprano Carlene Wiebe, the clarinetist Sally Arai, the flutist Catharine Dochstader, and the pianist Dimiter Terziev perform in various combinations ranging from a single instrument to a full quartet.

Coming 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 BC the Band is comprised of some of Vancouver Islands best acoustic musicians:  Chris Herbst (Dobro, vocals), Cluny Macpherson (Bass, vocals), Miriam Sonstenes (Fiddle, Vocals), Mike Brooks (Mandolin) and Tad Ruszel (Guitar, vocals).

House Concert with beat 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 a 12 minute drive from downtown Ashcroft).The show starts at 7:30 pm and the house location is at 3820 Barnes Lake Rd, just past IG Machine.

C.R. Avery is a unique, raw and dynamic performer. His genius lies in many genres – blues, hip-hop, spoken word and rock and roll. He is a one-man band, but one for this generation; with the rare ability to sing poetic verse while beatboxing 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 & 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 !

Annual Women’s Celebration in Walhachin

Plans are looking good for this year’s Women’s Celebration in Walhachin. Come and enjoy a day of music, dance and workshops. See an array of creative women sharing skills and stories.

The 6th Annual Celebration will be held on Saturday, March 8 at the Museum Hall from 11 am – 4 pm. Please bring Snacks and Goodies for a shared Potluck (veggie & meat). Admission and food are by donation to go towards event costs.

Our creativity as women is one of our greatest gifts. It’s that very important and a magical part of ourselves that is the expression of our divine feminine. For more information or to register for booth space please call; Val at (250) 457-6678. Encouraging men most welcome!

WRAPS presents Switching Principals

Switching Principals is the next community theatrical production presented by the fine folks of Winding Rivers Arts and Performance Society. There was a great turn out for auditions a few weeks back and the cast and crew are already busy memorizing lines and making plans for sets and costumes.

The play is a fast-paced farce set at Marvin Gardens High School, which is stuck in a rut. School spirit has never been lower, and everyone hopes that the new principal will be a breath of fresh air. What they get, however, is a pair of fast-talking con artists who sneak into the school to hide out from the police. When one of them is mistaken for the new principal, he decides to play along.

But how long can he keep everyone fooled? Can he and his partner dodge the FBI agent on their tail? And what happens when the real principal finally shows up? The farcical fun never stops in this wacky comedy!

Rehearsals will continue through January to early March, with the production scheduled to take place March 13-16 at the Ashcroft Community Hall. It is directed by Mavourneen Varcoe-Ryan. Stay tuned for more information and look for posters around town.

Spring Choral Concert

The Sage Sound Singers & The Desert Bells Bell Choir have begun their Spring sessions in preparation for another beautiful celebration of harmonies which will be co-presented again with Winding Rivers Arts & Performance Society on March 29 at St Albans Hall.

This will be an evening performance and is by donation. Stayed tuned for more information and look for posters around town.

Nadine Davenport