Local band to start Humboldt Art Council season

HUMBOLDT — This year the Humboldt Area Arts Council is kicking off its three shows of the season with some local talent

“We have two from OSAC (Organization of Saskatchewan Arts Councils), and then we have the local band, The Horse’s Mouth, that will be kicking off the series in September,” said Jennifer Fitzpatrick, co-director of the Arts Council.

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She said that while the council didn’t focus on reserving a show for local talent specifically, when the opportunity came up, they took it, wanting to promote local musicians.

“We try to pick a selection and we also try to fit our venue, so the gallery is more of a small house concert. There are so many fantastic choices, so it’s easy for us to pick some fantastic shows to come to Humboldt.”

The Horse’s Mouth performs at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 19 in the Humboldt Gallery.

The Humboldt/Watson group has been together since 1998, and consists of Andy McAnally, Bob Henderson, Margaret Henderson and Dave Martinuk. They play their music throughout Saskatchewan including Telemiracle, The Flatland Music Festival, Folk Fest and several other smaller performances.

The band plays Celtic and Irish traditional music.

The second band in the Arts Council lineup is Nick Earle and Chris Kirby, who play on Nov. 2 at 7:30 p.m. in the Humboldt Gallery.

The duo performs acoustic blues and roots. Between the two, they have won numerous Canadian Folk Music Awards, ECMAs, Music NL Awards, and have collected a multitude of nominations from the Maple Blues awards.

The third and final band to perform is Madison Violet. The couple performs on March 18, 2020, at 7:30 p.m. in the Humboldt Gallery.

Madison Violet is an award-winning Folk and Americana duo who have been Juno nominated. They have played for two decades, starting in 1999. During that year, the two future performers, Lisa MacIsaac and Brenley MacEachern met in Toronto.

With their love for music they both formed a band and became a couple. Together, they decided that they would create a sound that would have its roots in their past while continually exploring new sounds. Shortly later they recorded their first record.

Madison Violent are releasing their next album later this year.

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