short but sweet highlight from October 21, 2017 -        featured artist Paige and Jacob 


Photo credit Gerry David

highlights from Saturday February 18, 2017

 - video taken by Marian Konopski

Feature Act – Toejam

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Maureen Brown (keyboard/vocals/percussion), 

Gerda Faber(guitar/vocals/percussion)

Doug Fenwick (guitar/vocals)

Can't Let Go


Girl Crush

Can't you see

5 Days in May

Kokomo Blues

First we take Manhattan

Lean on me

Ice Cream

Ain't no sunshine

Get together

Crescent City

My old friend the blues

Ramblin’ Roots

Rosemary Ash (lead vocals, guitar)

Richard Naylor (mandolin/resonator guitar)

Tom Konopski (bass guitar)

Irene Whitfield (fiddle)

Late in the Day

I've just seen a face

Saturday Night @ the Twist and Shout

Mary Boychuk (lead vocals) & Tom Konopski (bass guitar)

Shadow of a life


Oreo cookie blues

entertainers sign up at 6:30 pm at the side door on the white board and are called up in the same order, starting at 7:00 pm, to perform two or three selections, depending on time constraints. Music, poetry, comedy, solos, duos & groups... the genre is wide open, but material must be suitable for our all-ages, family-friendly atmosphere. Depending on the number of performers, open mic may continue after the feature act

Little Friday Jamboree Band - "Cant you hear me calling?"

Ramblin' Roots - "My love will keep..."

Black Porch Gang - "Pretty Girl"

Benjamin Bermiller

Even though Ben Bermiller is the tender age of 16, his sound is shockingly mature. Playing guitar for only the last 2 1/2 years, Ben developed his style the old-fashioned way: hours devoted to practice and songwriting coupled with performing and testing out his songs live. Busking at the local Farmers Market and for the Downtown Business Improvement associations Live at Lunch and Live at Night showcase peformances, jamming at open mike events and entering competitions for perfomer/singer/songwriters molded and tempered his music, a music that is still evolving. A dancer since the age of 4, Bens sense of performance lead to one of his songs being used for a ballet piece performed at the 2010 Kamloops Arts Festival. Competing against established songwriters and performers at the 2010 Kamloops DBIAs Buskers Competition, Ben won second place. Innocent and honest, gritty and challenging, his songs ring of a purity rarely heard today: These are the kinds of songs that people remember for years and years - Bens songs speak directly to the soul, because that's where they're coming from (John Fontana of the band Shadow Circus). A consummate performer, Ben engages his audience wherever he plays, defying the characteristic limitations usually associated with a such a young artist.

From bouncing rock-pop, to moody, progressive folk-blues, Bens style is reminiscent of Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Neil Young, and Bruce Springsteen. An avid listener and student of musicology, Bens influences are vast, including Peter Gabriel, U2, Fred Astaire, The Doors, Count Basie, Warren Zevon, Miles Davis, Ben Harper, Joe Walsh, Al Stewart, Jim Steinman, XTC, John Hiatt, The Guess Who, Dave Matthews, Steely Dan, Elvis Costello, The Grateful Dead, Joe Cocker, King Crimson, John Coltrane, Jethro Tull, Steve Vai, Robert Johnson, TV on the Radio, Hall & Oates, Pink Floyd, Jack White, John Cale, Gentle Giant, Frank Zappa, John Coltrane, and Gary Numan.

The Rhythm Method

Jeannine Jubinville
Gisele LeBlanc
Jamie Ferguson
Robin Reid
Bruno Penner

The Group "The Rhythm Method" came to be when a group of friends who shared a love of music and acoustic guitar decided to have a regular music night once a week in our livingroom.  The sharing of music and stories grew with time.  We started performing for family and casual gatherings, and eventually ventured out to perform at the Barnhartvale Coffee House three years ago. 

We have been together for approximately 5 years, and continue to enjoy entertaining our friends and family with new songs.  Band members are from left to right Jeannine Jubinville, Gisele LeBlanc, Jamie Ferguson and Robin Reid, Bruno Penner (absent).

Ukulele Heaven Kelly Winders
Kelly's interest in music began when he was 3 or 4 years old singing and harmonizing to old hyms with his parents and brothers and sisters around his mom's piano. He sang in choirs all through school in Quesnel B.C. and began playing guitar at 15. At 16 he began playing in The Zig Zag Mountain String Band, a blugrass oriented variety band, very popular in the late 70's. After graduating high school he began playing bass guitar and was soon touring western Canada in various groups. In the early 80's he completed a 2 year Jazz Program at Malasina College and continued touring in various rock bands. In the early 90's he moved to Chilliwack where he bagan singing in a barbershop chorus.Soon he became involved in the leadership of that chorus and held positions of Chapter Vice President as well as Assistant Director of the Chorus. 1997 saw Kelly move to Kamloops.for work. A couple of years later he sang in a couple of barbershop quartets, the last of which competed in a district competition where they placed first in the novice category. By 2003 he was back playing bass guitar again and was soon co-hosting jam sessions at various clubs throughout the city. Later that summer while visiting his brother in at his photographic studio in Quesnel Kelly saw a little ukulele that was being used as a prop.There was also a book that showed how to tune it and play some chords to some neat old songs.His brother then gave him the ukulele and so began his love affair with that little 4 stringed instrument. Several months later another brother told him about an old Martin Ukulele that he had seen while doing some antique furniture repairs in someones home. At Christmas ,during a family visit, Kelly went to look at the old uke. It had only 2 strings so he had to take the strings off of his first ukulele and put them on the Martin.Once tuned it became evident that it was a very good quality, very old instrument. It played well and sounded very rich and full.The uke had belonged to the woman's grandfather but she believed that it should go to someone that would play it. A few month's later he purchased a Boss BR1600 Digital Recording Studio and proceeded to record some songs. After learning the basics he began to recored some songs. His goal was to make a CD of some old songs for his Mom on Mother's Day.He completed 8 songs and then made some copies for some other friends and family members. And everyone loved it. A copy was given to his old Barbershop Director who was also a singer/songwriter and producer. He loved it and suggested that more songs be recorded to fill out a real CD. In the summer of 2005 Kelly spoke with Brad Davis-Singer/songwriter for the Muddcats blues band and he agreed to do the photos and artwork as well as all the research required to complete the project. By early Dec.,2005 he recieved the finished CD and is very pleased with the end result.


A guitar and a harmonica, a scorching summer and a cool basement, Neil Young's "Harvest Moon" in the CD player, a Bob Dylan songbook on a music stand, and endless Beatles songs in the DNA (having heard them since the womb)- it's the setting and the stew for Trevor Caswell and his music. A glorious summer where a friend left that harmonica behind, so Trevor wandered down to the local music shop and picked up a rack to hold it the way his heroes did. Nothing to do then, but head out onto the streets and start busking- banging and hollering! Dylan, Guthrie, Leadbelly- those classic folk styles served him well, and continue to do so... Trevor's original music is highlighted by disarming, socially conscious lyrics alongside great songcraft and a touch of sly humour. His CD releases include 2001's "Serenade", 2003's "Another Something", and 2006's "Mr. Poirier" and "Red Machine". Each release has built upon that singer/songwriter model with Mr. Poirier branching out into 1960s pop territory and being described as having "a delightfully progressive, gentle feel". In 2008 came the release of an acoustic blues CD featuring a group of songs that Trevor had been performing as encores for the last few years alongside his first recorded cover- a howling, primitive version of The Pretenders "How Much Did You Get For Your Soul". "An absolute pleasure to hear live" Trevor's performances can range from intimate solo shows to appearances with a full band including violin and cello. With the addition of a National steel guitar and that ever present harmonica, seeing Trevor live is a definite treat. Currently basing himself out of Kamloops, B.C. he tours between that province and Ontario, and his songs can be heard on radio across Canada. His festival appearances have included the Komasket Music Festival, Artswells Festival, and the Long Day's Night Music