Richard Wood (left) and Gordon Belsher are bringing some East Coast charm to the Harrison Memorial Hall. Submitted

Harrison treated to Maritime tunes

Richard Wood and Gordon Belsher bringing east coast music to Memorial Hall

Bluenosers, Maritimers and West Coasters alike will delight in the Harrison Festival Society’s upcoming performance.

Prince Edward Islander Richard Wood will bring his rich fiddle-playing and step-dance traditions to the Harrison Memorial Hall, with musical partner Gordon Belsher bringing guitar and vocals.

Harrison Festival artistic director Andy Hillhouse said Wood’s style of playing is amalgam of different influences.

“PEI fiddlers have long been exposed to recordings of Cape Breton fiddlers, and there is definitely the influence of Cape Breton music in Richard’s playing – that driving, energetic style that is totally designed for dances,” Hillhouse said. “But you can also hear the classic, so-called ‘down home’ style that Don Messer made famous, and even shades of the PEI Acadian style. It’s all in there – pure bow-driven energy.”

Wood is one of the artists to emerge from the “Celtic wave” that hit Canada in the 1990s, when localized music from Canada’s East Coast emerged on airwaves across the country.

Along with Wood’s innate East Coast musical energy comes an incredible talent for step dancing. A child prodigy, Wood developed a following in the 1990s with his rock and roll flair and traditional roots.

For 20 years, Wood has toured with Belsher, who backs him with incredible rhythm guitar and vocals.

The concert is at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 17 at the Harrison Memorial Hall. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at harrisonfestival.com, by calling 604-796-3554 or at the Agassiz Shoppers Drug Mart.

Just Posted

‘An emporium’: Pennyroyalty Thrift

A tour of shops in Hope and Fraser Canyon giving old stuff a new lease on life

Retail sales of cannabis prohibited in Hope, for now

Councillors want more public feedback as provincial regulations are expected by October

It’s about to get hot: Special weather statement issued for Lower Mainland

Temperatures expected to rise and stick around till next week, Environment Canada forecasts

France doubles up Croatia 4-2 to win World Cup

Played in Moscow Russia, latest Fifa World Cup marks the highest scoring final since 1966

WATCH: Boothroyd Band now home to a Native American medicine wheel

Former chief Rick Campbell to guide people through the wheel in his art therapy practice

REPLAY: B.C.’s best video this week

In case you missed it, here’s a look at replay-worthy highlights from across the province this week

Former NHL goalie Ray Emery drowns in Lake Ontario

Police say the 35-year-old’s death appears to be a ‘case of misadventure’

Air quality statement warns of smoky air for Kamloops area

Environment ministry says area on north side of Thompson River may be affected by wildfire smoke

Pussy Riot claims on-field protest at World Cup final

Russian protest group claimed responsibility after four people ran onto field in police uniforms

Fans party on Montreal streets after French World Cup win

To city is home to nearly 57,000 French nationals

SilverStar officially opens Gondola

The brand-new gondola is now offering scenic rides for visitors on SilverStar Mountain Resort.

VIDEO: Man climbs crane in Abbotsford

Police, fire called to deal with climber last night

VIDEO: Langley City legendary water fight was a soaking good time

And perfectly timed for a hot weather warning

B.C. VIEWS: Making private health care illegal again

Adrian Dix battles to maintain Cuba-style medical monopoly

Most Read