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.


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