The Great Plains are home on the range

Saskia and Darrel, otherwise known as The Great Plains, return to Vernon with their award winning show, Songs of The Prairies, Sept. 15.

  • Sep. 6, 2013 3:00 p.m.

Darell de la Ronde and Saskia Overbeek are returning to Vernon

Saskia and Darrel, otherwise known as The Great Plains, are returning to Vernon’s Schubert Centre with their award winning show, Songs of The Prairies, Sept. 15.

“It has become a yearly tradition for us prairie folk to stop in for a concert at the Schubert Centre in Vernon,” said Saskia Overbeek, a former Vernon resident who is now based in Saskatchewan with partner Darrel de la Ronde.

Under the shelter of their newly formed band name The Great Plains,  the duo has cultivated an immense following across Canada and Europe, winning over fans one town; one hall at a time.

Well known throughout Canada as Gary Fjellgaard’s touring band, The Great Plains deliver a blend of folk, roots, Celtic and bluegrass as well as some traditional from their own backgrounds (Overbeek is Dutch while de la Ronde is Métis.)

Best described as Prairie roots, the duo’s collection of original songs covers many topics: war brides, Louis Riel, Cultis Jim, love and life in rural Canadian communities and leaving the porchlight on for a young son exploring his world.

Songs of the Prairies takes the stage  at the Schubert Centre Sunday, Sept. 15 at 2 p.m. Advance tickets are $15 (includes appetizers) and are available at the front desk at the Schubert Centre. Call 250-549-4201 for info.


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