The Great Plains travel to wherever the wind takes them.
The singing-songwriting-guitar playing duo of Dutch born artist Saskia Overbeek and Saskatchewan-born Métis artist Darrel Delaronde, better known as Saskia and Darrel, have lived in Vernon, the Prairies, and now call Courtenay on Vancouver Island their home.
They are about to return to these parts when they play amongst the fruit trees at The Orchard in Oyama Saturday, Aug. 15.
Known for their Songs of the Prairies show, which they have toured through the Okanagan on numerous occasions, Saskia and Darrell play well over 160 dates a year, and spend the other half of the year at home booking and marketing their next tours.
Saskia describes the duo’s music as true Canadiana; real songs drenched in maple leaf culture and heritage, and delivered with some of their self-effacing humour.
“Add a taste of Celtic, a dab of bluegrass, and engaging stories, and you get an unpredictable series of songs that change every night,” she said.
The duo has performed throughout Canada and Western Europe and have toured with Canadian Juno award winners Gary Fjellgaard and Valdy (who will be performing at The Orchard Aug. 22). They have also had notables such as Vernon’s Daniel Powter and Darby Mills, along with Steve Dawson, Bill Hicks, and Nolan Murray (of Tiller’s Folly) appear on their albums.
Their most recent release, Bluebird Trail, came out last year.
The Orchard is located at 14924 Middle Bench Rd., Oyama. Gates to Saturday’s show open at 6:30 p.m. Arrive early and enjoy the view with local beverages hosted by the Arts Council of the Central Okanagan. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets and information are available at theorchardwebsite.com.