Wednesday, 24 August 2016 12:30

Lyric, Swift Current should be thankful for Gowan

Written by  Joey Donnelly
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The Lyric Theatre is stronger today because of our enduring partnership with Shann Gowan and Blenders.

She recently announced the latest Blenders Art + Music season, including 11 concerts and four special concerts —  all at the Lyric.
Throughout the years, Blenders consistently provides amazing live music by Canada’s best. Speaking with Gowan earlier this year, she expressed her gratitude for the Lyric.
“We wouldn’t have a Blenders series, really, if the Lyric Theatre wasn’t around right now,” she said. “They have an amazing venue. It’s a great place to bring a band and it makes Swift Current look amazing. The bands that come think the facility is spectacular and first-rate.”
Tickets are now available for the first show: The Abrams on Oct. 1. The Canadian band is composed of fourth-generation bluegrass touring musicians, John Abrams and James Abrams. Their music is a combination of bluegrass, country, and folk-rock with story-telling lyrics that has been called “newgrass.”
On Oct. 22, the Terra Lightfoot Band hits the Lyric stage, promising slow-burning soul ballads and hard-charging rock numbers.
That’s followed by the Great Lake Swimmers Oct. 29, a special concert featuring melodic folk rock songs with flourishing banjo and guitars from singer-songwriter Tony Dekker. 
The Lyric relies on Blenders and our long-standing partnership with Gowan. Her eclectic events bring us together and build community.
Along with her regular concerts, Long Day’s Night Music Festival and SaskPower Windscape Kite Festival shape our local culture and sense of identity.
Gowan urges the community to continue supporting the Lyric.
“It allows me to bring in bands that I’ve always wanted to bring in because we have a professional, great looking theatre to present them in. It’s an amazing building — I’m just thrilled to be part of it,” Gowan said. “It has a long way to go, though, I hope everybody supports it.”
To learn more about the 2016-2017 Blenders season, visit the website,, and consider purchasing a season pass or individual ticket at Pharmasave.
Joey Donnelly is a journalist, folklorist and Lyric board member.

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