Creative Current – Whitely this Sunday, annual Art Show returns

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

Ken Whiteley plays Sunday Gospel Matinee

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

Get ready for Canadian roots music legend, Ken Whiteley with outstanding B.C. bassist Dinah D. to make a long awaited return trip to the interior of British Columbia. Noted for his energy, powerful songwriting, inspired instrumental skills and dynamic vocals, with Ken Whiteley, as one critic said, “Good times are guaranteed!” Ken met Dinah at the Vancouver Island Folk Festival in 2007 and they have made a number of appearances together since then. Dinah has played bass with an array of musicians including Doug Cox, Harry Manx, Be Good Tanyas, and is the leader of Contraband Swingclub and the award winning children’s act, the Kerplunks.

Ken is recognized as a master slide guitarist and expert mandolinist and whether he’s drawing from his vast repertoire of blues, swing, folk and gospel or treating you to one of his own award winning songs, you will be entertained, involved and uplifted.

Ashcroft Art Show Apr 25-27

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 Street, 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.

Refreshments will be served on Opening Night. Local Artist’s 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 plays in Cache Creek

Coming up on Sunday, May 4 is a Spring Concert from the Desert Bells Handbell Choir. They will be performing in the Cache Creek Pentecostal Church on Stage Rd. They don’t play often, so come out enjoy their music in the great acoustical setting of the church. Concert starts at 3 pm and is by donation.

Don’t miss Sandy Scofield

Closing out the Dessert Concert Season will be First Nations Artist, Sandy Scofield on Friday, May 9. Scofield is a multi-award winning composer, musician and singer. She has studied classical, jazz, African, Indonesian gamelan and electro-acoustic music.

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. She has composed for dance, film, television and theatre, with the Aboriginal Welcoming Song for the 2010 Olympic Opening Ceremonies, the highlight to date.

Nadine Davenport

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