Locals filled up the benches at Clawhammer Press & Gallery on Jan. 22 to enjoy the passionate lyrics of Winnipeg-based band The Small Glories, a musical union between folk/root artists Cara Luft and JD Edwards.
The Small Glories filled the room with their powerful vocal blend and acoustic beat, along with their humorous stories of life and love, while an audience of nearly 50 listened with anticipation.
Luft noted after developing a relationship with Michael and Anie Hepher and being introduced into their Fernie gallery, it has become one of her favourite locations to play, having frequented the venue on numerous occasions.
“There’s always just such a great audience and I think that’s partly why it ends up being such a wonderful experience from the performers point of view,” said Luft. “Mike and Anie have created a space there, and their personalities are really community oriented. They’ve created an evening out for people where it feels like everyone’s connecting with one another.”
Luft commended Fernie for having a great sense of community.
“There’s something about Fernie and the vibe,” Luft added.
Although The Small Glories was only formed at the end of 2012, when Edwards and Luft were partnered together for the Winnipeg’s West End Cultural Centre’s 25th anniversary concert, the duo project has been able to establish themselves throughout Winnipeg.
Luft said they are now working diligently to build the buzz and get the word out about their music, with a feature length album expected to come out in the new few month.
“Once the album is out [in five or six months] we’ll be coming back through western Canada on some big CD release tour dates,” she noted. “Hopefully we’ll be in Fernie for that because we really, really love it here.”