The Coldstream Coffee House opens for a 13th season Saturday, Sept. 20, with a feature performance by Shamma Sabir, John McMahon, and Ben Beveridge.
The eldest of the Sabir Sisters, Shamma Sabir is widely acknowledged as one of Canada’s best fiddlers.
She was the first and youngest female nominee ever to be invited to the Canadian Grand Masters Championships, where she placed in Canada’s top 11 in Ottawa.
A songwriter and composer, Sabir also has writing credits on many prestigious Canadian fiddlers’ albums, including Calvin Vollrath and Gordon Stobbe.
Currently a member of The Trips, one of Kelowna’s finest musical offerings, Sabir’s heartfelt bluesy vocals, combined with her mastery on the fiddle, gives the group a folk-roots flavour that places them in a musical sphere of their own.
McMahon has taught music in schools across the province and continues to pursue his passion for songwriting and performance.
Musical accomplishments have included writing a song for the Philadelphia Flyers NHL team to studio work on a variety of artists’ compositions.
McMahon holds a bachelor of music on viola from the University of British Columbia and plays a variety of musical instruments – violin, viola, guitar, bass and mandolin.
Beveridge is a two-time Saskatchewan Grand Champion Fiddle Player.
His performance of country, folk, bluegrass, western swing, classic country, cowboy and old time fiddle music is sure to entertain everyone. In 2005, Beveridge was an inaugural recipient of the Lieutenant Governor’s Celebration of the Arts pin, in recognition of his significant contribution to the arts in Saskatchewan.
The Coldstream Coffee House takes place on the third Saturday of the month at the Coldstream Women’s Institute Hall, 9909 Kalamalka Lake Rd., Coldstream, B.C. The open mic portion of the evening, showcasing a variety of great local talent, will precede the feature performance. Admission is $5 with a concession by donation. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and show starts at 7 p.m.