Final live concert in current series may be Kamsack’s last

A trio with an “impressive, well-choreographed show incorporating impeccable three-part harmonies, a roots drum kit split between two band members, and an acoustic guitar franken-rigged to also be the bass, will be performing live in Kamsack.

On March 18, the Kamsack Arts Council will be presenting Red Moon Road (RMR) in concert at the Kamsack Playhouse Theatre, the third and final concert in the 2018-19 live concert series.

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Red Moon Road’s unique show is equal parts polished song writing, undeniable musicianship, compelling storytelling and engaging showmanship, said information on the Internet. A moustached man plays mandolin, lap steel, banjo and organ (often at the same time), and subtle technological wizardry whirls while the unmistakable soulful voice of Sheena, one of Canada’s most talented singers soars above it all.

RMR’s latest album, Sorrows and Glories, toured through seven countries, was Polaris Prize long listed and spent six weeks at No. 1 on the national Earshot! Folk/Roots charts.

 “The Kamsack Arts Council is pleased to be bringing quality live entertainment to the Kamsack Playhouse Theatre,” said Jack Koreluik, Art’s Council chair. “This is the first season that the newly organized Kamsack Art’s Council, under the umbrella of the Kamsack Playhouse Theatre, has taken on the task of presenting the live concerts.

“Our group has made an honest attempt for the 2018-19 season, as myself and the other members of the Arts Council firmly believe that the live concerts are a valuable asset for the community. We feel it it’s important to promote the arts in the community, and this is one way to accomplish that.

“Unfortunately, we have not had the community support for these events, as was experienced by the former Arts Council, and we find the number of people coming out in support of the concerts is simply too low to low to be able to sustain the presentations.

“If we are unable to generate interest in the concerts from the community by increasing our attendance to the events, we will have to discontinue these performances. Our Council has not reached this conclusion lightly, but we feel we cannot continue to lose money on these events.

“As a group, the Council will sit down once the season has concluded, and discuss its options,” said Koreluik. “We may offer one more season if it is at all financially possible, but what we really need is support of the community,” he concluded.

RMR has become an instant favourite wherever they perform, and an instant favorite of Tamara Kater of Folk Music Canada.

“This band has been winning hearts and ears wherever they go,” Kater said. “It’s no wonder, because their music could travel anywhere, from campfire to concert hall, becoming the constant companion that you can’t wait to introduce your friends to. Their straight up folksy take feels simultaneously old-fashioned and thoroughly modern.”

“The end of their show is a bittersweet experience; part of you wants to hear more music and the other part wants to rush to the stage and meet the band,” said Julien Desaulniers, artistic producer of Festival du Voyageur.