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Wednesday, 03 April 2013 14:14

Midnight Roses heading to Regina Folk Festival in August

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Local country-bluegrass band The Midnight Roses will be performing alongside Fiest, Rosanne Cash, Al Simmons, Amelia Curran, Neko Case, and many other fantastic artists at this year's Regina Folk Festival, August 9-11.



“We are extremely excited,” noted Eliza Doyle with The Midnight Roses. “I've played the festival a couple of times, and I love it. It seems to be the people's festival, because it's free during the day. Most of the Saskatchewan bands and even some of the headliners to workshops and performances for free all day, and I really think that's where the magic happens. You don't have to break the bank to go – it's just about the music.”


The Regina Folk Festival is just one of the festivals that The Midnight Roses are hoping to play this year. Each fall, the group does a small 'festival application blitz', applying to a variety of festivals throughout the prairies – everything from small town fairs to larger festivals.


“It's always a bit nerve-wracking to do an audition, since you are playing for people who are there to critique you, to see if you are suitable for them,” admitted Doyle. “We were pretty confident going in, though, since we have a bit of a niche genre, and we are an all-female band from a smaller town.”


Since three of the band members work around full-time jobs, they are unable to participate in as many festivals as they would hope. They are still making their music a priority, and recently hired a vocal coach in Saskatoon to work with them over a weekend.


“We've been tightening up some of the songs we have now, and working on some new material,” Doyle said. “We are really trying to work on our diversity, so that each song doesn't sound the same. We like to switch things up, since we have three great instrumentalists, and very strong vocal harmonies. It's amazing being backup to such a great vocalist.”


Doyle added that the group also focuses on original music, and she enjoys having the opportunity to arrange songs and work on the intricacies of songwriting.


“There are a lot of cover bands out there, and everyone's already heard 'Sweet Home Alabama',” she explained. “I think it's so important to promote originality and really highlight the creative process. We've got great synergy, and we work so well together, it makes for a great show.”


The Midnight Roses will be performing in Swift Current this month as well, on April 12 and 13 at Living Sky Casino.

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