PAST EVENTS

PAST EVENTS

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Valdy – August 22, 2015

Valdy, born Valdemar Horsdal in Ottawa, Canada has been part of the fabric of Canadian pop and folk music for almost 40 years. A man with a thousand friends, from Newfoundland to Vancouver Island to Texas to New Zealand, he’s a singer, guitarist and songwriter who catches the small but telling moments that make up life.

Remembered for Play Me a Rock and Roll Song, his bitter-sweet memory of finding himself, a relaxed and amiable story-teller, facing a rambunctious audience at the Aldergrove Rock Festival circa 1968, Valdy has sold almost half a million copies of his 13 albums, has two Juno Awards (Folk Singer of the Year and Folk Entertainer of the Year), a total of seven Juno nominations and four Gold albums to his credit.

 Valdy’s recent CDs include “Contenders”, a collaboration with friend and fellow singer/songwriter, Gary Fjellgaard, with whom he has an absolute blast touring, and a solo release, “Viva Valdy: Live at Last”, a two-CD package, one live, one studio, with a total of 25 tunes, and a lyric booklet.

One of Canada’s most influential songwriters, Valdy’s composition A Good Song was recorded under the title Just a Man by the venerable Quincy Jones ( he sang lead on the recording!). Play Me a Rock and Roll Song has been recorded by a few artists, including John Kay of Steppenwolf. For more info visit: www.valdy.com

 

The Great Plains – August 15, 2015

Although these two popular songwriters hail from the West Coast of Vancouver island, they are being claimed by all the provinces in Canada as their own. They play well over 160 dates a year and the other half of the year they are home booking and marketing their next tours.

Great Plains are a veteran touring act; with an easy, crowd-friendly style that instantly endears them to any audience. This is true Canadiana; real songs drenched in our culture and heritage delivered in comfortable highly skilled sets with oodles of self-poking humour. A taste of Celtic, a dab of bluegrass, and lots of engaging stories wrapped around extremely ear-wormy melodies.

They deliver a hot blend of music, an unpredictable series of songs that change every night. They perform throughout all of Canada and Western Europe and are not afraid to tackle a new market. Under the shelter of their band name “The Great Plains” they are cultivating an immense following, winning over their fans one town; one hall at a time.

Brag Section! They have toured with Canadian Juno Award Winners Gary Fjellgaard and Valdy, and have notables like Daniel Powter, Darby Mills, Steve Dawson, Bill Hicks, and Nolan Murray (Tiller’s Folly) appearing on their albums. Accolades such as Album, and Songwriter of the year, folk album of the month in Europe, Top 5 People’s choice awards keep adding up. They are perennial favourites on many Indie Radio stations around the world. For more info visit www.thegreatplains.ca

 

Gorden James – July 24, 2015

The Orchard and Gorden James are hosting a benefit concert for the Lake Country Food Bank this Friday! Gorden James is playing at The Orchard Friday, July 24th with partial ticket sales donated to the Lake Country Food Bank.

Pizza for the evening has been generously donated by Jim’s Place in Vernon and will be sold by the slice. All sales from the pizza will also be donated to the Lake Country Food Bank!

Gorden James has made quite the name for himself, both as an artist and as an all around great guy. James was recently featured on CMT Canada’s, Big in a Small Town, as one of thirty artists selected across Canada to participate. “They emailed me and asked me to audition,” said James from his Kelowna home. “They picked 30 artists from across Canada, two of them from BC. It was a really cool experience.  All the staff and crew treated us like gold. It gave my album, Heart of the Matter, great exposure.”

James, who won a song writing competition in 2002 sponsored by Factor, CMT, and Country radio across the nation, released his Debut Album “Heart of the Matter” in 2007, several radio singles and a new EP Near You.

James has performed everywhere from large concerts to store openings. “When they want something small it’s usually just me who performs,” said James. When it’s a larger event, like the Dancin’ Barefoot Music Festival in Peachland, then the whole Good Guys Band shows up.”

James is an accomplished singer/songwriter who describes his style as urban country, easy listening, with a touch of the blues. His debut album, Heart of the Matter, continues to get airplay across Canada and overseas. When James isn’t performing, he’s spends his time as a volunteer for hospice, doing shows at the cancer lodge, and he wrote a song for Soles4Souls, an organization that gets shoes to people that need them in Canada and around the world. For more info visit: www.gordenjames.com

Poppa Dawg – July 18, 2015

Brian ‘Skip’ Maguire on drums and James Hay on bass and Rick ‘Poppa Dawg’ Halisheff.
Hailing from the ‘Left Coast’ of Canada, Rick ‘Poppa Dawg’ Halisheff and his band present the blues with a unique, tongue-in-cheek view and a deep and respectful appreciation of the music. The band’s sound moves from the slinky grooves of New Orleans to the down and dirty rawness of Chicago and all points in-between! Gritty and dynamic, they take the music from rushing peaks to hushing lows and then Poppa Dawg steps back from the mic to spread the news! In 2013, the band were semi-finalists at the International Blues Challenge

in Memphis and won over an entire new audience with their original tunes, re-affirming their faith in the music that means so much to them. The trip opened new doors and new opportunities including being recommended by the Powder Blues’ own Tom Lavin for a slot at the 2013 Calgary International Blues Festival.

With 4 albums now released, the latest CD, ‘What You Got’, features the great Canadian blues guitarist JW Jones on the track ‘Dub Step’ as well as a variety of original tunes including one penned by friend Brandon ‘Yukon Slim’ Isaak. The disc runs from gritty and soulful to deep and nasty and features the use of Poppa Dawg‘s trademark talkbox. It is still receiving airplay around the world as well as being featured on Saturday Night Blues on CBC, Galaxie and throughout the US and Europe.
For more info visit: www.poppadawg.com

Harpdog Brown & the Travelin’ Blues Show – June 27, 2015

Award winning harmonica player Harpdog Brown is bringing a new show to town, The Travelin’ Blues Show is his latest ensemble consisting of Jordan Edmonds on guitar, and Pat Darcus on upright bass.

“They lay down the sounds of early 1950’s Chicago. Chess records to be exact.
This is a show not to be missed my friends!” LEGENDARY PRODUCER MIKE VERNON

(OTIS SPANN, FLEETWOOD MACK, EDDIE BOYD; ERIC CLAPTON, FREDDIE KING, JOHN MAYALL etc.) told me, after seeing my video of Facebook Woman; “I’m happy I listened to it…good job! Made me go back in time to Frank Frost and Papa Lightfoot… doesn’t get much better than that…………but you have come pretty damn close! )

Harpdog Brown is a gifted singer and imaginative harmonica player of note that has been in Canada’s Blues scene since 1982.
Born in Edmonton, Alberta and based in Vancouver, British Columbia, he’s crossed tens of thousands of miles playing club dates and festivals in Canada, North Western United States and Germany.

Harpdog resides in Vancouver, BC where he leads his own trio and quartet of hot local players churning out blues on the jazzy mellower side. He also leads The Harpdog Brown Band which is a gutsy traditional Chicago blues band with John R Hunter (drums), Jordan Edmonds (guitar) and George Fenn (bass). Harpdog Brown’s latest album, released in 2014 “What It Is” has also been nominated for best blues recording of the year by the Western Canadian Music Awards held in September. For info visit: www.harpdogbrown.com

Where: The Orchard

When: June 27, 2015

Gate opens and reception begins at 6:30pm. Come early and enjoy the view with local beverages hosted by the Arts Council of the Central Okanagan.

 

Harpdog Brown – August 9, 2014

Harpdog Brown is a gifted singer and imaginative harmonica player of note that has been in Canada’s Blues scene since 1982.

Born in Edmonton, Alberta and based in Vancouver, British Columbia, he’s crossed tens of thousands of miles playing club dates and festivals in Canada, North Western United States and Germany.
Over the years Harpdog has issued 6 CD’s  to critical acclaim. In 1995 his Home is Where The Harp Is won the coveted Muddy Award for the best NW Blues Release of the year, from the Cascade Blues Association in Portland. As well that year it was nominated for a Juno for the best Blues Release in Canada. Teamed up with Graham Guest on piano, his CD Naturally was voted #1 Canadian Blues Album of 2011 by The Blind Lemon Survey.
Harpdog resides in Vancouver, BC where he leads his own trio and quartet of hot local players churning out blues on the jazzy mellower side. He also leads The Harpdog Brown Band which is a gutsy traditional Chicago blues band with John R Hunter (drums), Jordan Edmonds (guitar) and George Fenn (bass). In 2014 they released “What It Is” consisting  mainly new originals and a few classic covers you don’t get from your average blues band. As Holger Peterson says on the jacket, Harpdog’s best work yet.

 

Shari Ulrich – July 18, 2014

A two time Juno Award winner, and member the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame, Shari was first known for her multi-instrumentalist skills with the Pied Pumkin and on as the voice of the Hometown Band.  Her career as a singer songwriter brings her to her latest release “Everywhere I Go” (Borealis Records) – engineered and produced by her daughter Julia Graff, also a multi-instrumentalist. It is Shari’s 8th solo album, and the 21st including her work with Ulrich Henderson Forbes, BTU with Barney Bentall & Tom Taylor, and The High Bar Gang. Shari returns to the Orchard with Julia and the delightful Ted Littlemore.

The Dharma Dolls – July 5, 2014

What do you get when you join in song an eclectic, multi-talented singer-songwriter, a seasoned, soulful jazz chanteuse and a Juilliard-trained, outrageous operatic diva? Magic.
This one-of-a-kind trio has performed to rave reviews and sold-out houses at the famed ‘Dream Café’ in Penticton, the Salmon Arm Art Gallery, the Kelowna Community Theatre, the notorious Vernon Jazz Club and Headbones Gallery, where they offer annual seasonal concerts. Always captivating, deeply entertaining, often humorous and uber talented, Lipscomb, Moore and Rose share their unique interpretations of the songs that speak to their hearts, bringing audiences on an unforgettable journey.

 

Valdy – June 20, 2014

Valdy, born Valdemar Horsdal in Ottawa, Canada has been part of the fabric of Canadian pop and folk music for almost 40 years. A man with a thousand friends, from Newfoundland to Vancouver Island to Texas to New Zealand, he’s a singer, guitarist and songwriter who catches the small but telling moments that make up life. Remembered for Play Me a Rock and Roll Song, his bitter-sweet memory of finding himself, a relaxed and amiable story-teller, facing a rambunctious audience at the Aldergrove Rock Festival circa 1968, Valdy has sold almost half a million copies of his 13 albums, has two Juno Awards (Folk Singer of the Year and Folk Entertainer of the Year), a total of seven Juno nominations and four Gold albums to his credit. Valdy’s recent CDs include “Contenders”, a collaboration with friend and fellow singer/songwriter, Gary Fjellgaard, with whom he has an absolute blast touring, and a solo release, “Viva Valdy: Live at Last”, a two-CD package, one live, one studio, with a total of 25 tunes, and a lyric booklet. One of Canada’s most influential songwriters, Valdy’s composition A Good Song was recorded under the title Just a Man by the venerable Quincy Jones ( he sang lead on the recording!). Play Me a Rock and Roll Song has been recorded by a few artists, including John Kay of Steppenwolf.


Sherman Doucette – August 16, 2013

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Sherman Doucette’s natural ear for music began developing at an early age.  There were many musical nights of singing and dancing at the Doucette home when he was a young boy.  Family, friends and neighbours would come to join in the fun.  His father played the fiddle and the banjo, his brother played the guitar and his grandfather played the harmonica.  His mother, sisters and aunts all sang and danced.

Sherman left home at fifteen with a harmonica and a twenty dollar bill in his pocket bound for the west coast to Vancouver, British Columbia where he is now a staple of the Vancouver music scene and has been for over 30 years.  He is rated as one of the best blues singer / harp players in the business with past credits including guest appearances with John Lee Hooker, Albert Colins, Pine Top Perkins, Sunnyland Slim, Long John Baldry and many other blues legends.  He has hosted many of Vancouver’s most successful blues jams including the Yale Hotel, The Fairview and the Max. And if you don’t know his music, you will likely recognize his voice from the many TV and Radio commercials he has sung for and played on.

Today with a great new blues band, TANKful of Blues captured on brand new CD titled Harp & Soul, Doucette continues to perform with all the passion and conviction few can deliver. If you love good boogie, blues & soul, don’t miss Sherman Doucette & TANKful of BLUES.

 

Windmills – August 2, 2013

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Influenced by the romantic sound-scapes and thematic elements of film with a strong vocal presence and heartbreaking lyrics, Windmills combines multiple musical elements to create a truly original singer-songwriter act, breaking genres and refusing to stay put. With influences and roots in folk, ambience, indie-pop, and post-rock, Windmills creates songs that move between genres with ease, creating emotional responses and moods with each note played. Born out of the beautiful Okanagan Valley, Windmills emerged in April of 2011, and in an incredibly humbling and extremely busy two years has performed extensively across Western Canada and has had the opportunity to open for a wide variety of talented bands such as Hey Ocean, Bend Sinister, Wake Owl, Library Voices and Andrew Allen among many others. Praised for his live shows and originality Windmills has created a buzz and a name familiar throughout the Okanagan.

In 2012 Windmills released a 9 track record that captured the complexity and energy of his live shows. “Keep Moving” is a record that represents the Okanagan Valley – the beauty and the sound, progressively pushing the boundaries of the one-man band genre while exploring mature musical themes and elements that offer a true representation of who Windmills is. Unexpectedly, “Keep Moving” found its way onto music review pages and blogs nationally and internationally, with praise for the record coming from the UK, Russia, Portugal, the US, France, Asia and many other countries. The efforts on “Keep Moving” also got the attention of FACTOR Canada, who noticed the work and in March of 2012 approved Windmills for a grant recognizing the time and effort spent with the record.

2013 starts with the follow up to “Keep Moving”, a 5 track EP released almost exactly 1 year later. “Tilting” shows an evolution in song-writing and maturity, with the songs becoming more honest and heartfelt.

What started with the humblest of beginnings has grown, the momentum is building, and Windmills keep moving.

Shari Ulrich – July 26, 2013

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There are likely few Canadians who don’t know the voice of Shari Ulrich. The Juno award winner and BC Entertainment Hall of Fame Inductee has been an unflagging fixture in Canadian music since the early 70’s. She was first heard in the quirky Pied Pumkin playing fiddle, mandolin, dulcimer, flute & sax. Her defection to the Hometown Band and a high profile launch to national recognition led to her solo career as a singer songwriter. Her recent release of “Find Our Way” is her 7th solo album, and her 19th including her work with Pied Pumkin, UHF, and her recent collaboration with Barney Bentall & Tom Taylor.

Shari will be returning The Orchard with her daughter, Julia Graff, an accomplished multi-instrumentalist, on violin, mandolin, guitar, piano, accordion and vocals as well as Julia’s McGill classmate Ted Littlemore on piano, accordion and vocals. Shari recently recorded her upcoming release in Montreal with Julia, now in the masters in music in sound recording program at McGill, engineering and producing.

The trio will be performing songs from throughout Shari’s career as well as songs from the new album. Her shows are always full of warmth, wit, well crafted songs, and the wonderful musicianship of these two generations of fine musicians.

Gorden James – July 13, 2013

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Gorden James has made quite the name for himself, both as an artist and as an all around great guy.

James was recently featured on CMT Canada’s, Big in a Small Town, as one of thirty artists selected across Canada to participate. “They emailed me and asked me to audition,” said James from his Kelowna home. “They picked 30 artists from across Canada, two of us from BC. It was a really cool experience. All the staff and crew treated us like gold. It gave my album, Heart of the Matter, great exposure and has inspired me to get back in the studio.”
James, who won a song writing competition in 2002 sponsored by Factor, CMT, and Country radio across the nation, released four singles last year. Now he and the Good Guys Band are working on recording a new exciting album for release this year.

James is an accomplished singer/songwriter who describes his style as urban country, easy listening, with a touch of the blues. His debut album, Heart of the Matter, continues to get airplay across Canada and overseas.

 

 

 

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