Bluegrass at its very best

Pete and Joan Wernick live at the Anglican Hall next week.

Pete and Joan Wernick.

Pete Wernick, known for his banjo playing with Hot Rize and his singer-guitarist wife Joan, present one of the west’s most engaging bluegrass/country duets.

They will play the Anglican Church Hall on Monday, August 22 at 8 p.m.

Joan’s clear, soulful singing and Pete’s masterful picking bring life to a diverse repertoire including traditional bluegrass, vocal duets and blazing instrumentals. In the early ‘70s the pair performed with the groundbreaking progressive bluegrass band Country Cooking, based in Ithaca, New York. Since 1976 they have lived in Niwot, Colorado.

Pete and Joan have traveled extensively in the last few years, performing all over the continental U.S. as well as England, Ireland, Hawaii, and in 2005, Israel.

Pete’s “Dr. Banjo” handle is based both on his banjo expertise and his PhD in sociology from Columbia University. He has been nominated for Banjo Player of the Year in national polls and is also known for his best-selling instruction books, videos and workshops. For 12 years he toured full-time with the highly popular Hot Rize band. Pete’s critically acclaimed solo album On a Roll received several award nominations and produced a number one song Ruthie.

Joan, also known to music fans as “Nondi,” has sung with various groups in Colorado and hosted a bluegrass radio program on KGNU Boulder since 1978.The couple’s on-stage repartee adds an extra dimension to their duet performances. Bluegrass Now magazine says, “Joan’s singing is guaranteed to bring a smile to the face of any bluegrass traditionalist.”

Pete and Joan’s first duet CD, Windy Mountain, has scored high with listeners, Bluegrass Unlimited calling it a “marvellous collage of traditionally-flavoured music.”

Tickets available at Mountain Baby on Baker Street or call 250-505-5233.

 

Just Posted

Update: Bodies recovered from Pend d’Oreille River crash

To help support the family, a fundraiser has been set up at Kootenay Savings in Fruitvale

Paramedics union raises alarm over spike in out-of-service ambulances

Staffing shortages affecting service levels in Kootenays

Update: Car located in Pend d’Oreille River, teenagers remain missing

A fundraiser has been set up at Kootenay Savings in Fruitvale to help support the family

Award winning documentary to be screened in Nelson

‘The Bikes of Wrath’ will run April 5 and 6 at The Front Room

LETTER: Clean water is a right for First Nations

From readers Sandra Hartline and Keith Wiley

‘Full worm super moon’ to illuminate B.C. skies on first day of spring

Spring has sprung, a moon named in honour of thawing soil marks final super moon until 2020

40 records broken across B.C. as hot streak continues

Abbotsford hottest spot in Canada on Tuesday

B.C. wildfire prevention budget bulked up as dry spring unfolds

Night vision goggles tested for early detection effort

Vancouver driver ticketed twice within 6 minutes for same offence

The man was written up by two different officers for using an electronic device

B.C. teacher reprimanded after incident with Grade 11 student in school gym

Gregory Norman Brock was teaching at a high school in the Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows School District

B.C. man ‘parks’ horse during liquor store pit stop

As long as animal wasn’t jaywalking, no problem, says Parksville official

Starbucks to test recyclable cups, redesign stores in B.C., U.S. cities

The company also said it plans to redesign its stores as it adapts to increasing mobile pick-up and delivery orders

In pre-election budget, Liberals boost infrastructure cash to cities, broadband

The budget document says the Liberals have approved more than 33,000 projects, worth about $19.9 billion in federal financing

‘That’s a load of crap’: Dog poop conspiracy spreads in White Rock

Allegation picked up steam through a Facebook page run by a city councillor

Most Read