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Thursday, 16 August 2012 09:53

Even more Blenders shows added for Swift Current

Written by  Jessi Gowan
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In addition to a spectacular lineup of special concerts this fall, the regular Blenders music series promises 10 more fantastic shows for local music fans. With genres including Cuban, African, Indian, folk, blues, and even traditional Québécois, the series offers something for everyone.

“I’ve got stuff coming this year that I’ve been trying to get for a long time, and some newcomers to the series that will be just fantastic,” explained organizer Shann Gowan. “We’ve got a really wide selection of music, and I really think it’s going to be a great series this year.”
The lineup features several performers who have never been to the Lyric before, as well as a couple of artists who are making a return to the Swift Current stage. Alex Cuba will be performing as a trio, showcasing a new album and a bit of a new sound, and Cam Penner’s show will double as a CD release party for his upcoming recording.
“Lots of season passes have been sold already, I only have a few of those left and only a couple reserve tables, as well,” admitted Gowan. “Individual tickets will be available on Sept 1, and I am definitely expecting sold out shows at each concert.”
The season kicks off on Sept. 22, with a performance from Mighty Popo, who blends an inherited love of the traditional music of Rwanda and Burundi with a lifelong connection with rock and roll, blues, jazz, R&B, reggae and folk traditions.
On Nov. 23, Glenticorum will bring their intricate fiddle and flute work, gorgeous vocals, energetic foot percussion, guitar and bass to the stage at the Lyric Theatre for the first time. Award-winning folk singer-songwriter Del Barber will perform Dec. 8, followed by a performance by incredible vocalist Samantha Savage Smith Jan. 19.
One of Canada's most accomplished singer-songwriters Lynn Miles continues the series on Jan. 27. Mark Berube and the Patrotic Few are set to perform Feb. 8, blending pop, Afro-beats and strings to create a striking and unique blend of indie chamber-folk. The Alex Cuba Trio will take the stage March 13, followed by the Steel Wheels April 5.
‘Mysticssippi’ blues man Harry Manx showcases his blend of East meets West — traditional blues and classical Indian ragas — April 25. The series wraps up following a performance from Cam Penner May 18, where this Americana artist will release his latest album.
“We are offering a bit of an incentive prize this year for newcomers to the shows, and for people who bring them,” added Gowan. “We want to keep making this bigger and better and getting more and more people.”
The series sees regular support from the community, as far as patronage, sponsorship, and volunteers.
Gowan noted she is also starting to see more and more people attending from out of town, noting she even has repeat patrons from Regina and Medicine Hat on a fairly on-going basis. She’s also glad to see younger faces coming out for the events.
“As always, this season is going to be a lot of fun,” she noted. “People come here for music, but they also come out just to have a good time. We’ll play Name That Tune, do art activities on the table, and we’ll have an exhibition hanging on the walls for every show. We are the envy of many larger cities, because we boast a big-city lineup in a small town.”
Tickets will be on sale for the concerts beginning Sept. 1, and will be available at Pharmasave or by contacting Shann at 306-778-2686 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
Tickets for the performances range between $25-$35 per night. For more information about the performers, check out

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