The fact that Saskia and Darrel often tour with Gary Fjellgaard, and more recently also with folk legend Valdy, speaks volumes about their abilities as musicians and song writers.
When asked what style of music they play, the answer is simple: folk music. A collection of their original songs are written about war brides, Louis Riel, Cultis Jim, love, and life in rural Canadian communities, including leaving the “Porchlight On” for a young son exploring his world.
Saskia and Darrel are certainly no strangers to the Kootenays as they lived in Revelstoke for many years. Saskia (Sasha) played throughout the Kootenays with different bands such as DejaVu and Mozaik. Today, Saskia and Darrel Delaronde perform as a duo called the Great Plains, a name they chose because of their years of living on the prairies which is reflected in their music.
Together they deliver an exciting blend of music, an unpredictable series of songs that changes every night as they perform throughout Canada and Western Europe. Under the shelter of their newly formed band name “The Great Plains” they are cultivating an immense following across both continents, winning over their fans one town and one hall at a time.
They have toured extensively with Canadian Juno Award Winners Gary Fjellgaard and Valdy, and have notables like Daniel Powter, Darby Mills, Steve Dawson, Bill Hicks (Powder Blues), and Nolan Murray (Tiller’s Folly) appearing on their 10 CDs. They have also performed with Good Brothers, Stampeders, Emerson Drive, and many more.
See The Great Plains Thursday, Sept 19 at the Silverton Gallery. Advance Tickets $10 available at Mercado’s, or $12 at the door.