Canadian folk and blues musician Ken Hamm is set to play at the Arts Station as the sixth performance in their Fall Concert Series.
Hamm has been a professional musician since the late 1960s and has been teaching guitar his entire life. He described his music as “very blues-based and folk-based and traditional-based I guess you could say.”
Although he is a solo performer, Hamm plays a plethora of instruments to keep the audience and himself entertained. “I play a variety of instruments, mostly guitar and national metal steel guitar and I play a dojob guitar and a banjo as well, so I have four different instruments with me on stage and that allows me quite a bit of variety to express myself.”
Hamm, who lives in Forget, Sask., has played in Fernie before and is excited to tour again after taking a six-year hiatus to operate a music store.
“I haven’t been touring for five or six years, not extensively anyway, because I’ve had a store in Forget with my wife – a music store – and we’ve decided to close that down and consequently I said, ‘I can go back on the road and do some tours and see my fans again’,” said Hamm. “It was called Village Music and it was a folk music store. It did quite well but we realized that we have too many interests to just do a store – you need a pretty fixed focus for that.”
His performance at the Arts Station is one stop on a three-week tour across B.C.
“I’m working my way right across to Vancouver Island and then I’ve got almost 10 days of work there and then I work my way back home again. It’s a full loop tour,” he said. He will conduct a workshop in Duncan B.C. as part of the tour.
Hamm is set to play on Oct. 26 at 8 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the Arts Station or at Freshies.