Saskia and Darrel Delaronde make up The Great Plains

Canadiana folk duo to perform in Elk Valley

On June 1 and 2 musical duo, The Great Plains are set to perform two shows in the Elk Valley.

On June 1 and 2 musical duo, The Great Plains are set to perform  two shows in the Elk Valley. On June 1, they play at the Sparwood Seniors Drop-in Centre before playing at Fernie’s Knox United Church the following evening.

Saskia Delaronde and her partner Darrel comprise the B.C.-based folk group, and say the name of the band is relatively new.

“Saskia and Darrel, The Great Plains – that is how we are known. We just got a new name. We had a contest on Facebook and The Great Plains won. People are not really used to the name yet,” she said.

Despite what the name may suggest, the duo is originally from Revelstoke and now live on Vancouver Island, although Saskia points out, the two are rarely at home.

“We are not here often; we own a little condo and a bicycle but we do 130-140 dates per year,” she said. “It is a busy schedule but we do not have anything to worry about. We do not have any other responsibilities other than doing that so we do it with gusto.”

Saskia defines their style of music as Canadiana, combining the traditional Americana sound with lyrics of Canadian tales.

“I’d say it is a very Canadian sound. We sing songs about Canadians and Canadian areas. We have songs about B.C. and songs about the Prairies, but it definitely has a folk flavour. Within that I’d say it has some Celtic-bluegrass touches but it is very melodic,” she said.

The duo has been performing for 15 years together. Creating and playing music together is not how they originally started. They are the last ones standing after their two bands slowly moved away from the music industry.

“I had an all female four piece folk band and Darrel had an all male five-piece country-rock band many, many years ago. You know how bands are, they come and go and fall apart, girls get pregnant and guys go off and log or whatever,” she said. “So I joined Darrel’s band to do harmonies and rhythm guitar when my band was on time out. Eventually the girls and guys strayed away and Darrel and I were the only ones left standing and we were both crazy and passionate enough to continue what we were doing.”

Over the decade and a half, The Great Plains has had the opportunity to play in Europe. Playing venues in Amsterdam, Switzerland, Hamburg and “every little place and festival in between”. When asked about the crowd difference between North America and Europe, Saskia said that they’re “not a whole lot different, an audience is an audience. Once you get their attention they will be loyal and kind. We have been going there, back and forth for a while and we are getting a lot of the same people coming back to those European shows. They sit just as politely and they clap and sing along just like Canadians. They are a little more verbal I’d say.”

Just before The Great Plains began, Saskia played at The Fernie Arts Station with her band, Mosaic. Since then, the duo has played in many communities around Fernie but is looking forward to playing their first show together here.

“I remember the people were really sweet. I love small towns and mountain communities. They are always really close knit, kind, and open-hearted. It was so nice to be so welcomed when I was there and we are looking forward to that again,” she said.

The Great Plains will take the stage at  7 p.m. for both of their shows in the Elk Valley. Advance tickets are on sale for Fernie performance. They are available for  $12 at the Fernie Museum and will be $15 at the door.

Just Posted

Forestry workers set to begin job action in Kootenays

Operations in Castlegar, Cranbrook, Galloway, Elko, Radium, Golden may see job action this week.

Fernie Memorial Arena unlikely to reopen December 1

Dynamiters unlikely to meet at Fernie Memorial Arena on December 1

Gallery: Festival of Lights fills downtown core with colour

(More photos continue below) Hundreds attended this year’s Festival of Lights celebration… Continue reading

Former Fernie councillor co-launches cannabis company

“Our mission, our goal - it’s about education. It’s about de-stigmatizing” - Dennis Schafer

Fernie Family Housing receives much needed funding for affordable housing

BC Housing funds new affordable housing in Fernie

Trudeau offers to help Pacific islands face climate change impact

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met with the leaders from the Pacific island nations on Saturday during the APEC Summit in Papua New Guinea

BC Minister of Agriculture loses stepson to accidental overdose

Lana Popham announces death of her 23-year-old stepson, Dan Sealey

Canadian military’s template for perfect recruits outdated: Vance

Gen. Jonathan Vance, the chief of defence staff says that the military has to change because the very nature of warfare is changing, particularly when it comes to cyber-warfare

‘Toxic’ chosen as the Word of the Year by Oxford Dictionaries

Other top contenders for 2018 include ‘gaslighting’ and ‘techlash’

RCMP bust illegal B.C. cannabis lab

Marijuana may be legal but altering it using chemicals violates the Cannabis Act

Canada defeats Germany 29-10 in repechage, moves step closer to Rugby World Cup

Hong Kong needs a bonus-point win over Canada — scoring four or more tries — while denying the Canadians a bonus point

Avalanche Canada in desperate need of funding

The organization provides avalanche forecasting for an area larger than the United Kingdom

5 B.C. cities break temperature records

Parts of B.C. remain warm, at 10 C, while others feeling chilly

B.C. teacher’s Amazing Race takes students on Canada-wide adventure

Agassiz high school students say they had the experience of a life time

Most Read