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SkullCreek fundraiser May 28 to help with maintaining cultural centre

Written by  Ryan Dahlman
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The Dead South is opening for a fundraiser in Piapot May 28. The Dead South is opening for a fundraiser in Piapot May 28. Contributed file photo

Aspen Beveridge, a member of the League of Wolves hard rock band, is also a music producer at SkullCreek Studios.
SkullCreek is located at the former Piapot School a classic historic old red brick school building which is far out of the way from any metropolitan centre ... but that’s a good thing.


“It was built in the 1900s, has a lot of charm to it; it’s isolated a bit... but that’s good for a musician,” Beveridge explains. “It’s good to get away from distractions and just focus on the music.”
Beveridge says they have built a solid recording studio in there. Beveridge. Tompkins’ Jason Cote and current Wolves’ member and former Sheepdogs lead guitarist Leot Hanson.
In fact, Beveridge’s parents wanted the building to be an artists and cultural retreat and for five years it has been building slowly as an artists’ retreat and a place for southwest Saskatchewan culture to have a place to be showcased.
Due to some unexpected mediation and litigation issues between the Rural Municipality of Piapot and Beveridge’s parents, there have been some unexpected legal fees which have cropped up as well as some infrastructure improvements that they would like to make so about six months ago, the idea of a fundraiser was bandied about. 
According to an official statement: “In order to continue using the property as a recording space and an artist retreat, money needs to be raised and donations are accepted.”
Beveridge says that while it would certainly be easier just to walk away from all of the hassle and the fact that trying to keep the building open does not mean there’s any lucrative business fortunes to be made, the fact the family wants to have this as an arts’ building is important.
There is alot of support for the May 28 event: LB Distillers from Saskatoon; Great West Breweries; Prehistoric Productions (media company) and the Rockin’ Horse in Maple Creek amongst others have all contributed to the event.
According to the information provided by Beveridge, the entertainment will be as follows:
The Dead South: The Dead South is a four-piece acoustic ensemble based in Regina, Saskatchewan. With Nate Hilts' gritty vocals and aggressive guitar strumming, Scott Pringle's soaring harmonies and mandolin chops, Eliza Doyle's blazing banjo licks and steady kick drum, and Danny Kenyon's prominent cello melodies, The Dead South blends elements of folk, bluegrass, classical, and rock which results in a unique, modern, and authentic blend of boot-stompin' acoustic music.
Danny Vacon: Danny is known mostly for being the frontman in acts such as HighKicks, The Dudes, and Dojo Workhorse. He has performed throughout Canada, the US and Europe and has released many critically acclaimed albums over the course of his career.
Will Ardell: Award winning artist, Will Ardell will also be part of the entertainment. As Sam Fuller from the Star Phoenix said, "Will Ardell may not be a millionaire, but he sounds a lot like Cash”. Ardell is a 15 time SCMA nominee including Country Music Artist of the Year and Folk Artist of the year, winning SCMA Rising Star 2013.
Kory Istace: Kory Istace has been performing at Canadian venues and festivals for 15 years. Whether solo, or backed by The Time Pirates, his honest lyrics with gritty vocals, are delivered in a way that very few can replicate. He has become one of Saskatchewan's most interesting and recognizable performers.
Skullcreek Session May 28 show and fundraiser $50 for advance tickets (limited tickets only) for those 19 and over and a valid ID. Tickets: www.showpass.com/ skullcreekdeadsouthtix/
Doors open at 7 p.m. with the show starting at 8 p.m.

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