Prairie Sea to close out spring concert series at ‘The Hall’

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Acclaimed group features longtime Parrsboro friend Greg Simm

PARRSBORO – The Parrsboro Band Association will close out its annual spring concert series with new music from a familiar face this weekend, when Prairie Sea hits the stage at The Hall.

Prairie Sea, featuring (from left) Jim Bell, Kim deLaForest and Greg Simm, will perform at The Hall in Parrsboro on Saturday, June 21, to close out the Parrsboro Band Association’s spring concert series.

Featuring Greg Simm, well known to local audiences through his longtime connection with Ship’s Company Theatre, the group will perform on Saturday, June 21, beginning at 8 p.m.

Simm’s association with Parrsboro and Ship’s Company dates back to 1987, when he performed as a guitar player in the hit production of Hank Williams – The Show He Never Gave. Over the following 25 years, he was involved in more than 15 mainstage productions, including World Without Shadows, Chairmaker, and The Fly Fisher’s Companion, filling a variety of roles including musician, musical director, soundscape and music composer.

He was also instrumental in broadening the company’s musical offerings.

“In 2005 I was approached by (then) artistic director Pam Halstead to think of ways to expand the use of the new theatre,” recalled Simm. “I proposed having a fiddle camp and an end-of-season special event concert. This effectively allowed the theatre to be used for an additional two months of the year.”

Both initiatives proved successful, becoming mainstays for the company. The fiddle camp celebrated its ninth anniversary last month, and the September tribute shows, featuring the music of legends such as Hank Williams, Johnny Cash and Patsy Cline, have been well received.

Prairie Sea features Simm on guitar, Kim deLaForest of Saskatoon, Sask. on violin, and multi-instrumentalist Jim Bell on hammered dulcimer, guitar, bouzouki and bass.

“We have been together for three years and, in spite of living nearly 5,000 kms apart, we are able to get together a couple times a year to do live shows and record music,” said Simm.

The group’s unique repertoire spans a 300-year period, ranging from baroque-inspired instrumental music, to contemporary Canadian folk songs, to the familiar sounds of Van Morrison and The Mamas and the Papas.

They are now touring in support of their Music Nova Scotia-nominated CD for Best Folk Recording.

Tickets for the show are available online at www.thehall.ca, by phone at 728-2015, or at Sweet Brier Boutique. Patrons must be 19 or over.

The band association’s concert committee is now working on a fall series, which will start in September and offer three shows before Christmas.

awagstaff@citizenrecord.ca

Twitter: @ADNandrew

Organizations: The Mamas and the Papas

Geographic location: Saskatoon, Sask.

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