JUNO Award nominated folk duo, The Fortunate Ones will play at Fernando’s Pub in Kelowna Tuesday night photo: Christopher Deacon

JUNO Award nominee’s The Fortunate Ones come to Kelowna

The folk duo will play on Tuesday night

After playing more than 300 shows with Catherine Allan— Andrew O’Brien still gets goose-bumps while watching the audience sing along to their songs.

“Seeing an audience react— jumping to their feet or yell out, or sing along to the words you wrote in your living room, that will never not be cool,” O’Brien said.

Collaborating together for five years as a folk duo, The Fortunate Ones, and their anthemic rhythms are relatable and easy to listen to, which may be why the Prime Minister cited one of their songs from their Christmas EP, All Will Be Well as a must listen to song for the holidays.

Releasing their second album, Hold Fast earlier this spring, O’Brien says he thinks they have finally found their groove.

RELATED: Canadian rapper, Cadence Weapon was born with hip-hop in his veins

“We let the songs dictate to us where they wanted to go, giving us a bigger and bolder sound. We didn’t want to limit ourselves with any kind of preconceived ideas and listen to the songs and what they were telling us.”

The experiment was held steady by their producer, Daniel Ledwell who the folk artists say they couldn’t have accomplished the new sound without and worked with them on their first album, The Bliss.

The JUNO Award nominated musicians met when O’Brien was touring as a solo artist. Allen’s brother was rehearsing with O’Brien when he heard the siblings sing a song together.

RELATED: I’m With Her will harmonize in Kelowna

“At rehearsal during a break, Catherine’s brother and her sang a song by a band called Grizzly Bear, The Knife. When she started singing I knew we had to start singing together. That was eight years ago now,” he said.

Through their intertwined melodies to the beat of a drum, Allan’s ringing multifaceted voice swims around O’Briens that dips up and down steadily. Carrying words of hope, resilience and staying true to your own ideas and path the pair will bring their music to Kelowna’s downtown core for a night.

The Fortunate Ones will light up Fernando’s Pub in Kelowna on Tuesday, Oct. 2 at 9 p.m. For ticket information visit fortunateones.ca/shows

To report a typo, email:


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

UPDATE: One dead after motorcycle collision on Highway 97 near Peachland

The collision closed Highway 97 off-and-on throughout Sunday afternoon

Tree replacement, construction scheduled for Kelowna’s Stuart Park

Sixteen trees are being removed because they are struggling, the city said

Okanagan whisky lottery adds new twists

Winners of Okanagan Spirits’ Laird of Fintry lottery announced in four batches beginning Sept. 28

BC Libertarian party names Kelowna West candidate

Matt Badura has been acclaimed as Kelowna West’s Libertarian candidate in the upcoming provincial election

QUIZ: Do you know what’s on TV?

Fall is normally the time when new television shows are released

B.C. records 98 more COVID-19 cases, most in Lower Mainland

One new senior home outbreak, Surrey Memorial outbreak over

Canadian ski resorts wrestle with pandemic-vs.-profit dilemma as COVID-19 persists

Few are actually restricting the total number of skiers they allow on the hill

Three arrested after Keremeos shooting that severely injured one man

The victim was transported by air ambulance to a regional hospital

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Victoria-area RCMP locate high-risk sex offender thanks to help of taxi cab driver

Scott Jones wanted on a Canada-wide warrant, ‘a risk to women and girls,’ police say

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

A (virtual) walk around the world by 88-year-old B.C. man

George Doi says it’s simple: ‘I like walking’

End of CERB means uncertainty for some, new system for others

As of a week ago, the CERB had paid out $79.3 billion to 8.8 million people

West Kelowna Warriors complete sweep of Vernon Vipers

Warriors edge Snakes 2-1 as Okanagan Cup BCHL exhibition tournament begins

Most Read