Local talent will abound on Steamboat stage
A previous story spotlighted the visiting performers, Rick Scott, The Cumberland Brothers, The Static Shift, Los Morenos, and Dick Damron and the Stoney Creek Band, as well as Cousins – John Cronin and Mac Walters – a blended local and exotic duo.
This week’s article focuses on the local artists who round out the program at Edgewater’s July 5 Steamboat Mountain Music Festival.
There are four main feature local acts.
The Halfsacks (pictured) performed at Steamboat both previous summers. They have developed lots of original tunes over the past few years and have built up a strong local fan base. Their main themes explore the joys and heartbreaks of life. This group includes Scott Ivers, Christopher Howse, Todd White, and Peter Harding.
Siofri, a Celtic Invermere family band starts with four O’Sullivans: Parents Pat on guitar and banjo, and Leisa on bass, flutes and whistles, joined by their teenaged sons Liam on guitar and percussion, and Tomas on mandolin and dobros. From beyond the family, they include Bernie Evans on concertina and bodrun, and Joe Hildes on guitar and percussion. Although the band appeals to all generations, the talented O’Sullivan lads give Siofri’s music a young and edgy sound.
Combo Akimbo, a bluesy, jazzy, good-time trio has been delighting local audiences since the 1980s. The Invermere band’s cool groove cuts its way straight to the heart. Lead vocalist Deb Ede has a deep, rich voice that is full of soul but at the same time smooth as butterscotch. Guitar wiz and songwriter Kurt Reichel lays down witty and intricate rhythms and sings harmony, while sax man Brian Hoffos blows perfect punctuation to complete the Combo’s distinctive musical style.
The Bruise Bros are father and son Marty and Eli Beingessner. From a musical family spanning many generations, Marty learned his first licks from his own daddy Martin and from Edgewater’s legendary Dennis LaRochelle back in the 1970s. His 2010 album “All Country, No Apologies’, is still a regional best seller. Twenty-year-old Eli learned his first licks from his daddy Marty, and has been in a musical growth spurt ever since. While Marty specializes in classic country, Eli leans more towards blues and anything that challenges his frantic fingers – from flamenco to jazz. Eli writes his own tunes and has just released his second CD.
Local Tweeners – a great feature at Steamboat
In addition to the featured local bands, the Steamboat Festival will present nine tweener acts to perform shorter sets that keep the show going while sound techs prepare the stage for the main acts. This year, by popular demand, the tweeners will have longer time slots than in previous years.
Wilmer singer-songwriter Bill Cropper is well known as the festival’s emcee, and his band Smarty Pants played Steamboat last summer. Bill’s humorous, ironic observations always work their way into his songs.
Edgewater perennial Mickey Maione is a witty wordsmith, who plays an ancient but very sweet guitar. With his deft musical and lyrical phrasing, Steamboat Mickey makes everybody smile.
The Masters of Nün, new to the Steamboat stage, are well known in their home town of Golden. This folk based quartet includes Carl Trinkwon on guitar, Todd Keith on mandolin, Ian Rowe on fiddle, and Mike Garner on bass. Recently, they celebrated the release of their debut CD.
Abby Wells is a soulful up-and-coming vocalist just turned 15, but her voice goes way beyond her years. Abby has performed both previous summers, making all her Edgewater homeys glow with pride, as they watch her and her music grow.
Silena Ewen and Emily Rawbone are graphic designers, but they also share an affinity for the blues. Silena’s powerful voice, and Emily’s powerful guitar style wow their Invermere audiences and now they are set to bowl over Steamboat.
Sheberdean is a young Edgewater trio whose style takes old-time music in a fresh new direction. Dean Kendrick plays guitar, Aaron Sherban plays bass, and lead vocalist Sylvia Power plays mandolin.
The Pickups are a father son duo from Parson. Larry and Travis Pickering have smooth family-style harmonies and a wide-ranging country repertoire. This is their first appearance at Steamboat, but hey were a popular act at Radium’s Music on Main last summer.
Paige Ellerton is a Golden performer who has graced the Steamboat Stage in both previous summers. This young singer-songwriter is about to release her first CD to an eager Columbia Valley audience.
For tickets and more information about the Steamboat Mountain Music Festival. Visit the website www.steamboatmtnmusicfest.ca