The Vernon Folk-Roots Music Society (VFRMS) has been enjoying some fabulous successes in the last few months, with some stellar performances from the likes of Pharis and Jason Romero, Ari Neufeld, and others.
Continuing in the same vein, the VFRMS is excited to present Andrew and Zachari Smith, a father-son duo from Kelowna, on stage at the Vernon Elk’s Lodge Saturday.
Opening for the night will be bluegrass artists and award winners Blu and Kelly Hopkins from Salmon Arm.
Both Andrew and Zachari Smith have been making music their whole lives, and writing, performing, and recording together was something that occurred organically.
Andrew, the elder in the Smith duo, has distinguished himself the world over as an award winning indie-folk artist, with his tap-style guitar playing setting him apart from the crowd.
In 2014, he took home the Okanagan Arts Award for the music category, but there’s a long line of accolades before that prestigious accomplishment. From Producer of the Year in 1998 (father and son also run Lakes Studio out of Kelowna, where they have engineered albums for the likes of past VFRMS performer Jane Eamon) to winning the Kerrville New Folk Songwriting Competition in Texas, something not many other Canadians have been able to accomplish, Andrew is no stranger to the recognition his talent garners.
Escape Velocity was Andrew’s 2005 solo album that brought him the Instrumental Album of the Year award, while several of his songs and albums have been nominated, short-listed, or have won local and international competitions.
Though the apple may not fall far from the tree, the younger Smith has every right to claim his talent as his own.
Being well-rounded instrumentally (basically being able to learn any instrument he can get his hands on), Zachari tends to fall back to his first mastered passion of percussion.
Having toured Canada and the U.S. with his band The Geese, he has also released four of his own solo albums that reveal inspirations of a true Dylanesque folk hero, including political expositions and environmental concerns.
Describing himself as indie folk and alt.country, Zachari has carved a well deserved place in the music community by staying true to his message and his passion.
Together, the Smiths have been touring Canada and Europe since 2010, showcasing their skills with spellbinding vocal harmonies and a variety of acoustic instruments such as guitar, banjo, dobro, baritone, mandolin, and drums. After the release of their latest collaborative album, Stumbling Horse, in 2014, the pair have been busy lighting up folk clubs, concert halls, and outdoor music venues with their unique folk sound.
The VFRMS is also excited to present Blu and Kelly Hopkins, a duo from Salmon Arm who have been writing, singing, and traveling with their music for many years. Taking home awards such as Bluegrass Artist of the Year and Bluegrass Group of the Year in 2007 and 2008 respectively, the musicians have delighted audiences across the country with their multi-instrumental performances.
Beautiful vocal harmonies as well as accomplished instrumental talents on the guitar, mandolin, banjo, acoustic bass, and even the dulcimer are sure to set the stage for an enjoyable evening of music.
Tickets for Saturday’s show are $15 (members), and $20 (non-members), available at www.vernonfolkroots.ca, the Bean Scene, or the door to the Elks, 3103 30th St. Doors open at 6:45 p.m., with the Hopkins playing at 7:30 p.m.
– Submitted by Alessandra Woodward for the VFRMS