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Thursday, 18 December 2014 06:18

Swift Current The SunDrops release their first CD in time for Christmas

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Hailey, Darian, Lara, Jesse, Daryl, and Eva Folks are excited about a new CD they are getting for Christmas — a CD they can call their own — literally.


The first four aforementioned members of the Folks Family, otherwise known as the musically-gifted Swift Current-based group, The SunDrops, have released their own CD just in time for Christmas.
They were scheduled to perform Wednesday at the Lyric Theatre as part of a fundraiser for the Salvation Army— capping off what has been an amazing year. The CD which was released last week, is just icing on the cake.
This CD is a live recording at the Medicine Hat College Theatre where they held a concert earlier this year on Oct. 4.
“Due to our busy schedule, The Sundrops were not able to find time to do a studio recording, however this is our goal in the new year,” explains mom Eva, who along with husband Daryl have been busy this year.
“We are very happy with how the performance turned out live, and decided to make a CD. It was a ton of work to put it all together and have it in time, but it was so worth it to have for our upcoming show at the Sky Centre in Swift Current on Dec. 17.
“For this event we are partnered with the Salvation Army, which brings great joy. The new campaign they started is Children helping Children, and this sits in balance with what we are about.”
In a photograph, the four children are smiling, holding up their new CD. Above, them sits a sign: “Wish it, dream it, do it.”
Unquestionably, they are doing it and doing it well. It’s been a busy, but fulfilling year for the quartet. While it’s been hectic with a lot of concerts, scheduled appearances and schooling there has still been time for the siblings to be just children.
“The children’s greatest joy is to perform for their audience, and this involved extra practice time which in turn made their performance that much easier,” explains Folks. “The good thing is they understand how important practice is to any given performance, and we are thrilled to have an updated version of their favourite songs and some new pieces to share with their fans. Each of The Sundrops enjoys learning new songs and able to play them live... It doesn’t seem too hard for them, but they do work at practice to make it just right. As our motto goes — perfect is good enough.
“The joy of performing seems to become greater with each event. We make sure to have a nice break after a string of events, which creates a nice balance of family and fun times, doing home schooling, jamming and playing with the farm cats and dogs, skating, skiing, and swimming, etc. We do have to guard our family time carefully, so that it is not only business which in turn we have had to turn down numerous invitations, so we could learn new songs, and balance family life and music.”
There are 10 selections on the CD which were carefully selected and have become favourites. Folks notes a few songs had to be removed because they had to be seen live to be truly appreciated.
“This year has been a lot of fun, including new challenges and we wouldn’t change a thing. It has been an awesome experience, and we expect this next year to be even better.”
More information can be found on the website at: www.thesundrops.com or on twitter @thesundrops4 or The Sundrops Music on Facebook.

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