Memories of the Shuswap Coffee House Days
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival, although one year was skipped just prior to the first year of the outdoor festival at the Fall Fair grounds. For many years the festival was just one project of the Salmon Arm Folk Music Society, which also sponsored concerts and dances throughout the year. Before the Folk Music Society there was the Shuswap Coffee House that sponsored dances, concerts and many open mic’s from 1976 until 1983, in a variety of venues.
I found a fun way to fill the time during the hours it takes to climb the backcountry mountain uptracks prior to skiing back down in the thick, soft powder snow. It is a challenging mental exercise to choose the words and then remember them until back at the lodge where I keyboard them into the laptop. Enjoy!
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Shuswap Coffee House Magic
The phenomenal growth of the Coffee House scene here never ceases to amaze me, perhaps because of the efforts that others and I put in to promote music some thirty years ago. The folk music scene in the Shuswap began in earnest in 1972, when banjo aficionado Jake Jacobson opened the Sweet Earth Natural Food store and began having music jams in the evenings. My involvement began after helping to build the log Youth Centre in 1975 (now the Roots and Blues offices), which became the first venue for the Shuswap Coffee House. Continue reading
Finding bliss in the Shuswap
What a concept! Day hikes on some of the Shuswap’s most spectacular trails followed by community dinners and fantastic concerts and dances. “Routes and Blues” was the brainchild of Roots and Blues executive director Hugo Rampen, who was inspired by the very successful Celtic Colours Festival in Cape Breten. Now in its 15th year, this festival is held during October to celebrate the beauty of the fall colours in locations throughout the island and includes hikes and cycle tours on some of the region’s famous trails. Continue reading