Neil Fraser

Neil Fraser

Coldstream Coffee house opens new season with Lent Fraser Wall

The Lent/Fraser/Wall Trio Project is a feature performer at the Coldstream Coffee House Sept. 21.

The Lent/Fraser/Wall Trio Project is once again playing in its home stomping grounds with a feature performance at the Coldstream Coffee House Saturday, Sept. 21.

“We are featuring some new material and different approaches to material and we’re thrilled to be performing in our hometown again after a few years hiatus,” said the trio’s lead vocalist John Lent.

Lent/Fraser/Wall is a group of three Vernon musicians who explore the folk, roots, rhythm and blues and jazz backgrounds that brought them together in the first place.

Lent is a singer, songwriter and literary writer who moved to Vernon with his partner, painter and writer Jude Clarke, in the late’ ‘70s. He taught literature and creative writing at Okanagan College for 33 years until he retired in 2011.

Fraser grew up in Burnaby and moved to Vernon in the early-‘80s.

A noted guitar teacher, Fraser has run his own school for guitarists, and has been a highly successful teacher of guitar at the Vernon Community Music School for the past 18 years.

Wall was born in Saskatchewan and spent his formative years in Southern Alberta. He moved to the Vernon/Armstrong area in the late ‘70s.

Coming from a background of rock and country-rock bands in the ‘80s, Wall became interested in jazz around 1988, and has since evolved into a highly-skilled acoustic rhythm player.

Wall is also a senior partner in the accounting firm of Clark Robinson in Vernon.

“We’re going to have a lot of fun at the Coldstream Coffee House,” said Lent.  “There’s no better place than this venue to re-introduce ourselves to this town.”

The Coldstream Coffee House  takes place the third Saturday of the month at the Coldstream Women’s Institute Hall, 9909 Kalamalka Lake Rd.

“The open mic portion of the evening, showcasing a variety of great local talent, will precede the feature performance,” said one of the coffee house organizers Keith Hustler.

Admission is $5 with a concession by donation. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the show starts at 7 p.m. Look for more information in the LiveWire in Friday’s Morning Star or on Facebook (Coldstream Coffee House).


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