Donnie McDougall, best known for his time with the Guess Who, poses for a photo with Leslie Wilkins one of four talented musicians from the Columbia Shuswap region who will be joining him on tour. (Jim Elliot/ Eagle Valley News)

Guess Who has started a band in the Shuswap? Legendary guitarist Donnie McDougall

Band to play pair of shows in Sicamous area before setting out on tour

A veteran of legendary Canadian rock band The Guess Who is keeping the music alive.

Guitarist, Governer General’s Performing Arts Award recipient and Shuswap resident Donnie McDougall is tuning up to get back out on tour.

McDougall has been busy assembling a group of local talent with the right vocal chemistry – musicians who can make the songs of The Guess Who sing, while having flexibility in their lives to take the show on tour. He said he’s finally found the right mix in John Baxter on drums, Ron Sahlstrom on keyboard and back-up vocals, Leslie Wilkins singing and playing percussion instruments and Rob Rowe on bass.

Read More: Public asked to help monitor CP Rail coal trains passing through Shuswap

Read More: Cherries ripening for the picking in Salmon Arm

Wilkins said she never dreamt she would be sharing the stage with the former Guess Who guitarist, but after being introduced through Sahlstrom, who she’s played with in the past, the musical chemistry was evident.

“From the first note we played with the whole band it was great,” Wilkins said.

McDougall’s new band are all from the Columbia-Shuswap, an area he has called home for the past 10 years. McDougall said he loves the peace and quiet the area provides but has also been pleasantly surprised by the calibre of musicians who call it home.

It is no surprise given where the band members come from that they are filling their summer with outdoor shows in the Shuswap as they begin drumming up excitement about future shows further afield.

Read More: Salmon Arm actor, writer takes stab at thriller for silver screen

Read More: Highway 1 reopens following vehicle fire west of Chase

Those who attended the Canada Day celebrations in Sicamous this year got a sneak peak at what McDougall and company will be taking on the road. The Canada Day set included both The Guess Who favourites and tributes to other bands that were topping the charts during the same era.

McDougall and his band will be playing at the Music in the Park event, held in Malakwa’s Centennial Park, on Saturday, July 27. The outdoor concert will also feature the Rhythm Riders, reVerb and Guitar You Experienced, a five-guitar tribute to Jimi Hendrix. The gates for the event open at 1 p.m. and the bands will start at 3. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the gates or at malakwamusic.eventbrite.ca.

The newly-minted band will be performing at the Rock n’ Soul River Festival held on a private property along the Eagle River in Malakwa. Other acts on the bill are the Noble Crew, Daring Greatly and Invertigo. More information about the festival can be found at www.rocknsoulfestivals.com.


@SalmonArm
jim.elliot@saobserver.net

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Kelowna couple watch in horror as dog gets attacked

It’s alleged a large breed dog viciously attacked two pups on Monday morning

Central Okanagan School Board to vote on approving $275.6 million, 2020 budget

The amended budget is almost $11 million than the original proposed budget

Kelowna buisness named finalist for Small Business BC Awards

Twirling Umbrellas is one of five buisnesses chosen for the Best Company Award

Disability proves no barrier for 12-year-old Kelowna sit skier

Samuel is a 12-year-old double leg amputee who independently sit-skis

West Kelowna man charged with attempted murder of 79-year-old mother back in court

Kevin Lee Barrett was charged in April 2019 after allegedly beating his mother, leaving her stranded

Behind the scenes: The ‘unsung heroes’ of the South Okanagan Events Centre

Large numbers of local workers benefit from the big productions that come to Penticton each year.

Immigration program not taking away North Okanagan jobs

The pilot is helping employers overcome a skilled labour shortage that can’t be filled solely by residents

Vernon-based company nominated for B.C. small business award

Summit Tiny Homes is one of five finalists for the small business award

Kelowna couple watch in horror as dog gets attacked

It’s alleged a large breed dog viciously attacked two pups on Monday morning

Harry and Meghan should cover their own security costs: NDP heritage critic

The prince, Meghan Markle and their eight-month-old son Archie are reportedly staying at a mansion near Victoria

EDITORIAL: Examining finances

Municipal budget will likely mean higher taxes

Summerland’s proposed budget requires $16,382,355

2020 budget is nearly half a million higher than the 2019 municipal budget of $15,905,410

Theo the 800-pound pig trimmed down and still looking for love on Vancouver Island

“He’s doing really well, lost quite a few pounds and can run now.”

Hudson’s Bay spotlights old Vernon store

Old downtown department store remembered fondly

Most Read