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General News · 1st November 2009
Mark Dowding
Saturday, Nov. 14th at 8:00 pm Gorge Hall

One of Canada's most dynamic folk-fusion groups is bringing their special flavour of world music to this community at Gorge Hall in just a few weeks' time. The Wheat in the Barley is becoming well known throughout western Canada as an irreverent band of talented musicians that practice what they call "fiddle tune abuse" quite shamelessly in public.

Their love of the ancient folk tunes is their saving grace, however, as they bring these sparkling gems to life again with healthy doses of jazz, blues, funk and other 21st-century flavours, blended seamlessly with the traditional melodies and songs drawn from many countries and cultures that have made up Canada. And, judging by the reaction of many music industry professionals as well as their rapidly growing fan base, the resulting unorthodox brew is very tasty indeed.

Since their last visit to the island some 5 years ago, they have released two more superb CDs, After the Battle (2004) and Can't Draw the Curtain (2009). Both have received critical acclaim from both fans and music industry professionals. On this return visit, they will be five members strong, with Steve Gidora on lead vocals and guitar, Mark Dowding on woodwinds and harmonica, Victor Smith on accordion and percussion, Nicole Scoffield on lead vocals and violin, and Mickety Hovan on bass and guitar.

"With one foot in the tradition and the other somewhere in the future, The Wheat In The Barley keeps getting better and better. This is music to make you exercise your feet and your brain!"

says the founding artistic director of the Vancouver Folk Music Festival, Gary Cristall.

Tickets for the Nov. 14th Concert are $13 in advance or $15 at the door, and are available at Cortes Natural Food Co-op, Cortes Market, and Squirrel Cove Store.