Okanagan Celtic Choir welcomes men

Okanagan Celtic Choir, under the direction of Cod Gone Wild’s Andrew Mercer, will be adding men into the mix for this year’s choir season.

After two years of being a women’s choir, the Okanagan Celtic Choir, under the direction of Cod Gone Wild’s Andrew Mercer, will be adding men into the mix for this year’s choir season.

With a busy year planned, it will be a welcomed addition to the fun-natured choral group to round out an already full sound.

Although musical ability is an asset, there is no expectation to be able to read music or have any choral experience.

“It is really more about sharing the gift of singing with one another and having fun doing it,” said Mercer, who is just rounding out a very busy summer touring with Cod Gone Wild. “I’m looking forward to getting back to a bit more of a routine and working with the choir once again this year, for what promises to be a fun and exciting season.”

This year, the choir will be performing at several engagements throughout the eight-month choir season and they won’t have much time to get ready as they will be performing their first engagement at the Nov. 9 Kalamalka Pipe Band Celtic Concert at the Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre, where the choir will be performing a couple of numbers.

The choir will also be performing again this year with Cod Gone Wild at a few of their St. Patrick’s Day performances in the Okanagan, in particular their popular St. Patrick’s Day show at the VPAC, which this year will mark the release of the Cod’s third studio album.

The choir will be opening the shows once again and will be joining the band on stage to sing a couple of the songs from the upcoming release.

The Okanagan Celtic Choir will be meeting in Vernon on Wednesday evenings from 7 to 8:30 p.m. All interested male and female singers over the age of 16 should contact Mercer directly at andrew@codgonewild.com or at 250-307-1954 for more information and to reserve a spot for this year’s season.