Our friends at the West End Cultural Centre have once again been kind enough to offer up some tickets to give away on the show. This Thursday on Steel Belted Radio, you have the chance to win tickets to a great show on Saturday, featuring our old pal Dan Frechette and more.
Tune in Thursday, 6:30 – 8 pm central on 101.5 UMFM for your chance to win!
The West End Cultural Centre presents:
Prairie Kitchen Party
feat. Emma Cloney & Patti Lamoureux
w/ Rambling Dan Frechette
and Alex Lamoureux
Saturday April 28, 2012 – Tickets Available now
During the frigid Prairie winter, the howling winds from the North create a unique musical tone when blowing across the moon-lit snow covered fields. In the distance, you may hear the windy whistle mingling with the sweet sounds and aromas coming from a bright, lone, little house on the horizon.
As you come in out of the cold, the scene that greets is one of joviality and warmth. Tasty tunes are in the air, the wood stove is stoked, heads are thrown back in song and harmony, and the driving rhythms of the fiddle and feet ring across the hardwood. Grab a chair, a pair of spoons, sit back, relax, and let the music envelope your soul, your heart singing with joy and fellowship. You’ve just arrived at the Prairie Kitchen Party!
Whether it’s performing live to an audience of any size or recording songs for her new, upcoming CD, Emma Cloney says it’s all about a ‘shared mutual experience’ between her and her listener. In her late-twenties, Cloney has already endured a lifetime of experiences: growing up through foster care as a child, raising children as a young mother, balancing music with nursing studies and facing tough materialistic choices that challenge her inner-identity. However, experience is opportunity for Emma Cloney. And through it, she crafts compelling storytelling with meticulous musicianship – coalescing to create an immediate bond between her and whoever takes the time to genuinely listen.
Emma’s last album, Something to Say, encapsulated how people and places influenced her and her music. Now, it’s all about Emma and her personal experiences that are shaping her new album: “Lie to Me” is a song about gripping onto the past, while cognizant of the present reality. And while she covers the iconic “The House of the Rising Sun” by The Animals, it is a version that is truly emblematic of Emma as she had only known the song as sung by her father and that’s what you’ll hear.
Manitoba Fiddle Association Hall of Fame member Patti Lamoureux’s old time fiddle style is described as a little bit Métis, a little bit Québecois, and a whole lot of feel. Patti is a 3 time Grand North American Champion, and in 1994, 1995 and again in 1996, Patti won the prestigious Canadian Grand Masters Fiddling Championship in Ottawa, ON. Patti was the first woman and the first Western Canadian in the history of Canada to ever win.
After being one of the most sought after old time dance players in her home province of Manitoba, Patti has taken that amazing feel and drive, mixed it up with a little humour, and put together a fun and entertaining show that will have you laughing and stomping your feet, with maybe even a tear or two as you allow yourself to remember the good old days of having a kitchen party until the wee hours.
Rambling Dan Frechette
Armed with a harmonica and any number of instruments, Rambling Dan Frechette performs with passion and conviction. His songs and performances are subdued but contain a certain power that eventually presents itself later when people who have seen him find themselves unable to forget songs he sang that are now part of the fabric of their life. Songs that grow on you and as Woody Guthrie said “songs to grow on”. Rambling Dan Frechette has been crafting hundreds of such songs for many years in the prairie city of Winnipeg and Pinawa, Manitoba respectively.
Whether it’s on jazz piano, drums with a big band, country lead guitar, bluegrass mandolin, or accordion, Jeremy Rusu is right at home on a stage as long as he’s making music. Jeremy joins the Prairie Kitchen Party mostly on guitar and mandolin, but before the end of the show you’ll see him on piano, accordion, and who knows, maybe even the clarinet or harmonica!
Blind since birth, Jeremy’s entire life has revolved around music. When not sharing the stage with Patti, Dan, or Emma, you can find Jeremy laying down the beats on the drums with possibly his reggae band, or with the legendary Ron Paley Big Band, or maybe even with Rambling Dan Frechette’s Dylanaires.
Born and raised in Manitoba, Alex followed his mom Patti around to old time dances, fiddle camps, and music performances.
By age 7, the passion for music became apparent and Alex started getting “serious” about playing the fiddle. Alex is the 2008 & 2009 BC Fiddle Champ, and the 2010 Manitoba Champ. The highlight of Alexʼs career to date has been the opportunity to perform at the first Victory Ceremony at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. Alex is an incredibly charismatic and charming young performer on stage.
The idea for the Prairie Kitchen Party came one night at an actual raucous kitchen party on Emma Cloney’s ranch in Woodlands, Manitoba. “Nothing embraces the kindred spirit of musicianship quite like jamming in the kitchen,” explains Emma. “So many great songs and stories start in the kitchen. We all thought it would be an amazing night of music to share the kitchen party experience with others.”
Expect a great evening of music, laughter, and dancing!
Prairie Kitchen Party feat. Emma Cloney & Patti Lamoureux w/ Rambling Dan Frechette and Alex Lamoureux
Saturday April 28, 2012 @ The West End Cultural Centre
Doors 7:15 pm | Show 8:00 pm
Tickets: $15 advance | $20 door
Tickets available now.
Available at the West End Cultural Centre, Ticketmaster, Music Trader, and Winnipeg Folk Festival Music Store