Singalong Saturdays take Kelowna back to basics

If you're the type of person who gets a song stuck in your head and doesn't mind a good Newfoundland kitchen party, Singalong Saturdays just might be for you.

Running Saturday evenings at the Pheasant and Quail Pub, the concept is the brainchild of local folk singer Andrew Smith who has been meaning to start just such an event for years.

"I suspect it's scratching an itch," said Smith. "People like to get together and sing and, unless you go to church every week, you don't get to experience what's it's like to sit in a room full of people and just sing along."

Smith has just returned from the Winter Folk Festival where he was performing with his son, Zachari Smith.

Zachari, known for his work with Vancouver music collective The Geese, plays drums for the singalong band, known as The Public House Band. He is joined on stage by by Sherri Funk, of Smith Funk and Strauss, Eric Dicer on keyboards, and Rob McAlpine, of the Dust Rhinos, on bass.

The songs include hits from the '50s, '60s even new tunes from Taylor Swift. The only criteria is that the set list must be something everyone can catch onto quite quickly.

The evening is not karaoke and the band is not a cover band; the concept is intentionally designed to get the whole room singing.

"I think it's an idea whose time has come," said Smith. "This is something that's quite common if you travel around to different parts of the world, just not in Western Canada."

Singalong Saturdays will run through mid-March Saturdays at the Pheasant and Quail Pub.

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

New charter flight from Hamilton could bring steady stream of tourists to Okanagan Valley
Plank by plank, bridge creeps closer to completion
Seven Summits
School mural draws on Nanaimo students’ passions
String of Surrey crashes leaves father and child with possible spinal injuries
Retailers demand province abandon separate transit tax
RCMP arrest three suspects
Two Sooke River bridges
THURSDAY SPOTLIGHT: Patio homes come to downtown Parksville

Community Events, January 2015

Add an Event

Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Jan 28 edition online now. Browse the archives.