Eclectic country gospel show lined up

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Signs of His Grace, featuring Barbara Leavins and Aven Grace, from left, will perform at Sunday’s Prince Albert Winter Festival Country Gospel Show, set to take place at the Prince Albert Exhibition Centre at 7 p.m. Larry Krause, Elmer Lammedee and John Quinn will also perform at the show. 

Adopting an eclectic blend of gospel music influences, Sunday night’s Prince Albert Winter Festival Country Gospel Show is poised to be a laid-back musical evening.

 

“I’ve been looking at some of the set lists for the music that’s going to be happening there on Sunday, and very much leaning toward the traditional country gospel,” key organizer Larry Krause said.

“I’m thinking in terms of some of the original stuff by Hank Williams and people like that, but also wandering towards some current -- it’s going to be a broad spectrum of music.”

Pulling from the show’s decade-long history, Krause has included Elmer Lammedee and John Quinn – two musicians who performed at the inaugural event.

Also included in the set list will be the new musical duo, Signs of his Grace, featuring Aven Grace and Barbara Leavins.

“We have a good vocal blend,” Grace said of her musical partnership with Leavins.

“We have overlapping musical interest, and we’ve found the both of us enjoy doing those old gospel favourites, so that’s mostly what we do when we’re duet-ing.”

The two met at a Country Gospel Music Association convention in Saskatoon in 2008 and have been performing together ever since -- Grace hailing from Nipawin and Leavins from Dinsmore.

Gospel music is their genre of choice, Grace said, explaining that, “For both of us, it’s a focus of our lives -- God’s very important in our lives.

“Personal relationship with God means that this is a focus on the world that we’re interested in.

“We find that a lot of people do get greatly encouraged by songs that talk about God carrying love in, and things like that … It’s a pleasure to sing for an audience who really appreciate it.”

I’m thinking in terms of some of the original stuff by Hank Williams and people like that, but also wandering towards some current -- it’s going to be a broad spectrum of music. Larry Krause

The Prince Albert Winter Festival Country Gospel Show will take place at 7 p.m. on Sunday at the Prince Albert Exhibition Centre’s main hall.

This is a departure from the past few years, when the event would take place in one of the centre’s smaller halls earlier in the day as part of a brunch show.

The annual event’s later time might open it up to more people, Krause said, noting that it’s more convenient for people who work during the day.

On top of that, using the main stage will improve the event’s production value, since they’re able to make use of the sound and lighting equipment set up for other Winter Festival events.

“I’m looking forward to seeing all of the people who enjoyed the afternoon show to show up for the evening.”

“I think the package that we’ve been able to put together for the country gospel show, as far as music and that goes, its going to be a good show and I think people will be very pleased when they come to take it in.”

Sunday’s show will begin at 7 p.m. and will be emceed by Don Mitchell. Tickets are $15 and will be available at the door.

As with any other Prince Albert Winter Festival event, a $3 Winter Festival button is also required as part of admission, and will be available at the door.  

Organizations: Prince Albert, Country Gospel Music Association

Geographic location: Saskatoon, Nipawin

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