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Switzer, Hayes and Newton headline Steeplejack Festival

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Swift Current singer-songwriter Glenna Switzer will perform. Swift Current singer-songwriter Glenna Switzer will perform. Photo by Matthew Liebenberg

To celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary the Steeplejack Festival presents Prairie Roots & Cowboy Boots on Aug. 12, at 7:30 p.m in Herbert, Sask.

This evening of songs and stories about growing up on the prairies features Glenna Switzer, Corinne Newton and Laura Hayes. All three are talented, accomplished Saskatchewan singer/songwriters with recently launched albums who have toured extensively in the province and beyond.
Switzer, based in Swift Current, raised in Central Butte, has been nominated for nine Saskatchewan Country Music Awards and won three: 2011 Country Music Person of the Year, 2012 Keyboard Player of the Year and 2017 Roots Album of the Year.
A classically-trained music teacher, her protégés include Colter Wall and Dana Rempel (Bears in Hazenmore).
Her 2016 debut album, Long Time Comin’, was produced in Herbert, at Mark Penner’s South Hill Studio, as was Hayes’s second album, Storyteller, and, in part, Newton’s third album, Chasing Butterflies.
Hayes won the 2015 SCMA for Roots Album of the Year for Storyteller. A former television reporter and producer at CFCN in Calgary, Hayes is now in family-raising mode in Alsask, close to her home turf of Eatonia, Sask.
Newton, who was raised in Manitoba, has been based in Central Butte since 2004. Her third album Chasing Butterflies was nominated for the 2016 SCMA Roots Album of the Year.
In addition to Canada’s 150th, this event will mark the 20th year of the Steeplejack Festival which has been presenting summer events since 1997.
The mandate was to preserve a Municipal Heritage Property church while promoting artistic endeavor. Steeplejack performers have included popular singers and musicians such as Belle Plaine, Mark Penner, Dave Cyca, Eileen Laverty, Casey Stone, Eliza Doyle and Megan Nash, plus classical music artists like singers Henri Loiselle, Kristine Anderson and pianist Verna Martens.
On the writers list: playwrights Colleen Curran and Anna Fuerstenberg, author/singer Mary-Ann Kirkby, novelist Diane Warren and former Sask poet laureate Gerald Hill.
The Prairie Roots & Cowboy Boots concert takes place at the former St. Patrick’s Church at the north end of Shaw Street in Herbert. Start time is 7:30 p.m. Admission is a $10 donation. Door prizes are available and seating is limited. Reservations and early arrival are advised. Phone 306-784-2689 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
To learn more about this year’s performers, check out their websites at:, http://corinne and http://www.laura

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