In the Spring of ’79 an eclectic group of Oxbow-area musicians gathered at the Mellom farm near Northgate and began a journey that’s lasted over 40 years. Downwind played a handful of their favourite songs at local events and began building a repertoire of 60’s-70’s rock, soul, jazz and blues, with a sprinkling of reggae and country. They quickly gained a following of die-hard fans and a reputation for playing every song on the list, no matter how late the hour.
Founding members Earl Mellom (piano), Terry Fraser (bass), Paul Twietmeyer (sax and percussion) and Dianne Twietmeyer (vocals) and their Downwind bandmates will, as they have in recent years, kick off the Bow Valley Jamboree with a guarantee of good times and good music.
Vocalists Kathy Kyle and Erin Brown think making harmony is a great way to spend the downtime they eke out of their busy lives. Both from southeastern Saskatchewan, Kathy and Erin have been playing together since 2019. Come listen to their stellar tunes and the weird story about how they came up with their band’s name at the Bow Valley Jamboree on August 7!
From Olivia Grandy in the Carlyle Observer:
At just 18, Morgan Robertson is quickly gaining momentum in her music career. Recently, she received the 2021 Saskatchewan Country Music Association (SCMA) Youth Development Bursary and won a songwriting competition based in Nashville.
…her original song Goodbye Train was selected in a competition run by Henhouse Studio, based in Nashville. Robertson sent in a voice memo of the song and received the opportunity to create a polished recording.
There is a kind of genuineness that emerges in the Last Birds’ songs, born of an authentic life on the prairie.
From their website:
Last Birds is a Folk Americana duo from North Portal, Saskatchewan, Canada, consisting of the husband/wife song-writing team, Lindsay Arnold and Mike Davis. Last Birds follows their success with the Saskatchewan folk group, Hook & Nail, which includes a Canadian Folk Music Award nomination for New/Emerging Artist of the Year in 2020…Their live, “two voices, two guitars” approach is consistently described by listeners as mesmerizing.
The Singles with Munro & Patrick
Heidi and Scott put on an incredible performance at our venue, the Happy Nun Cafe! Performing a combination of unique covers and heart wrenching, image inducing originals all delivered with entertaining and easy banter; can’t wait to have them back on our stage!
Gayla Gilbertson | Owner | Happy Nun Live Performance Venue
From their website:
Raised on country music and Rock ‘n’ roll, and with a consistent professional career spanning multiple decades as a multi-award-winning solo recording artist, Heidi is well known in the music industry…This musical history has influenced her gutsy, energetic, emotional, and passionate performances…
Scott Patrick is recognized in the Canadian country music industry for his acclaimed songwriting, guitar work and trademark lead vocals for the multi-award-winning and very successful Saskatchewan born band,Wyatt…
Blu Beach Band
Blu Beach Band is an indie rock group from Langenburg and Esterhazy, Saskatchewan, made up of teens Carter Vosper, Remi Berthelet, Eric Vosper, and Riley Buchberger.
…the group has opened for bands such as Trooper and Streetheart, played live on Telemiracle, and performed at over 30 local gigs, quickly gaining them a local following.