Canadian singer-songwriter Bill Bourne will be performing in Keremeos on July 19 as part of the Grist Mill’s concert series this summer. (Anne Gillespie photo)

Juno-Award winning musician Bill Bourne to perform in Keremeos

Concert at the Grist Mill and Gardens starts at 7 p.m. on July 19

Canadian singer-songwriter Bill Bourne is hitting the stage at the Grist Mill and Gardens once more this Friday.

The multiple Juno Award nominee and winner describes his music as influenced by roots, bluegrass and mountain music, as well as a having number of different traditional influences from around the world.

READ MORE: Keremeos’ ‘loneliest skatepark in the world’ is getting a new paint job from local youth

“A lot of my music is based on traditional music. It’s bluegrass, mountain music in some ways. My parents played dance when I was a kid. They played in dance halls. That was a big huge influence on my music,” he said.

“I am still learning lots of stuff all the time. I am now even diving into flamingo guitar and I play a bit of banjo. I’ve been using stomp box for about 20 years. I play with my foot. It’s kind of like a one-man band.”

Bourne said he finds it interesting how his music has evolved over a 20-plus year career. Each day he learns more and more about his passion.

“To me, it’s really about energy and the benefits of musical energy that people tune into and when live music is being performed, it’s quite different from when music is being recorded,” he said.

“There is a real expansion of energy and everything tunes in and it’s a beautiful thing to be a part of. It’s an honour, as a musician, to be able to play music live for people. There’s a real joy and it’s like nutrients, good nutrients. It’s really good for your health.”

This is not the first time Bourne has performed in Keremeos. He was at the Grist Mill three years ago. This year’s concert is part a series of popular artists being hosted by the Grist Mill in June, July, August and September at its historic site.

“It’s great that they have developed the area into a venue out in the park like that. It’s fantastic. Kudos to all the people behind that. It’s fantastic for them to be bringing live music to the town,” Bourne said.

READ MORE: Imagine the possibilities: Summer Reading Club at Keremeos Library

Those attending the concert on July 19 will hear old and new songs, such as Ole Buffalo and many songs from his album, Dance and Celebrate, he said. They will also be treated to some songs Bourne has never recorded before as well as performances on his flamingo guitar.

Keremeos resident Margan McLean said she is such a fan of the musicians that are performing, she wants those in the region to make the effort to come out.

“He is freakin’ amazing,” she said of Bourne. “If you have Friday the 19th off, please come. Because this guy, I’ve been following him for some time. I’m a fan of his. And it is amazing that they got him to come. For him, it is about the music, it’s not about how many people he can get. He is an amazing musician. His music is so fresh and wonderful.”

The calibre of the musicians they bring in is incredible, she said. The bonus is that the venue is in the Similkameen Valley so people living there don’t have to travel to Penticton for great music.

“Really, honestly, honestly, you need to come and see Bill Bourne,” she said. “It’s just an incredible opportunity.”

Doors open at 6 p.m. The concert starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20.

Just Posted

Warmer fall weather could extend wildfire season: AccuWeather

Above seasonal temperatures are expected throughout September, October and November

Keremeos business owner affected by Telus outage for two weeks

Franchise owner of HR Block Teresa DeWit says Telus “dropped the ball” in informing clients

Cawston’s Nate Weber helps propel Tigers to victory

Penticton Tigers take home first ever provincial championship

New X-ray machine at the South Similkameen Health Centre will be up and running after Labour Day

Interior Health confirms the equipment was replaced because it was an old version

New Penticton/Kelowna transit route ready to roll out

Route 70 Penticton/Kelowna will provide a direct trip to Kelowna from Penticton and Summerland

VIDEO: Title of 25th Bond movie is ‘No Time to Die’

The film is set to be released in April 2020

RCMP catch ‘erratic’ driving thieves; upon release steal mountain bike

The incident involved a police chase, taser, and a destroyed vehicle

New study suggests autism overdiagnosed: Canadian expert

Laurent Mottron: ‘Autistic people we test now are less and less different than typical people’

B.C. father tells judge he did not kill his young daughters

Andrew Berry pleaded not guilty to the December 2017 deaths

Trans Mountain gives contractors 30 days to get workers, supplies ready for pipeline

Crown corporation believes the expansion project could be in service by mid-2022

Riot on the Roof returns to top of North Okanagan Parkade

Party of the summer will rock out above the city

Heavy police responses in Kamloops connected to unfounded weapons calls

Mounties were seen in Westsyde and in North Kamloops on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning

Suspect drops white powder running from police near Kelowna playground

Kelowna RCMP responded to reports of two individuals swinging a chain in a park

Rosemount cooked diced chicken linked to listeria case in B.C.

The symptoms of listeria include vomiting, nausea, fever, muscle aches

Most Read