Corner Turtles celebrating 10 years

Keremeos band Corner Turtles celebrating 10 years on the scene.

  • Dec. 16, 2016 5:00 p.m.

Well known area musicians Stef and Dan Laramie are celebrating 10 years since forming their first group the duet The Corner Turtles with a special evening of music at the Branding Iron on December 17. Here the pair pose with members of their newest band Lulu and the Lazy Boys. Front to back

 

It’s been a wild 10 years for musicians Stef and

Dan Laramie and the different incarnations of

musical groups they’ve formed including their

well-known Keremeos duet The Corner Turtles.

As many band stories start – it all started in

college.

The pair met at Rhodes college in Vancouver

about 13 years ago while taking a life skills and

counselling course.

They each knew the other played a little but it

wasn’t until awhile after they were dating, Dan

said, that he realized how talented his future

wife was.

“We were just sitting around and Stef was

tinkering away on the guitar and she started to

sing and that’s when I realized she really knew

her stuff. Man, she sounded good. And I knew

then we could put together a band, even just

the two of us and play,” he said while taking

a break from an open jam at the Noteworthy

Muse in Keremeos.

Soon after, they decided to play for a going

away party for one of their fellow students.

Dan re-wrote the lyrics to ‘You Are My Sun-

shine.’

They practiced for a month.

Stef was to sing the lead and Dan the backup

and play guitar.

“I got up on stage and I froze. I knew the

words. We’d practiced a lot but nothing would

come out,” Stef said with a laugh.

“Here I am plunking away singing like I’m

the backup thinking she is singing the song.

You can’t hear what’s going on with the lead a

lot of the times. That’s normal. It wasn’t until

after that I found out it was just me singing

the whole time,” he said also laughing while

remembering the story.

Those that watch the dynamic musical duo on

stage now wouldn’t know the pair grew from

such shy and humble roots.

Stef and Dan have played all over Keremeos,

Penticton and Osoyoos either as a duo or in

different variations of a band.

They got their start in Keremeos at the Pasta

Trading Post, now the Wrong Turn Tavern.

“We were in there and we went up to the owner

and said ‘hey, wouldn’t it be nice for your cus-

tomers to have some music over dinner every

once and awhile,’ and he hired us. We played

every Saturday for $50 and dinner,” Stef said.

They then started playing regularly at the Gold

Dust Pub near Hedley and have played other

eateries including the Branding Iron and are

regulars at the Wrong Turn Tavern even hosting

an open mic night there for a year.

The Corner Turtles with their accessible rock

and roll edge has become a local favourite on

Canada Day and other special events. Stef

estimates they’ve played at least 15 pancake

breakfasts and other events throughout the year.

“It’s been great fun. This community has been

very supportive of us,” Stef said.

Both Stef and Dan have faced some medical

challenges in the last few years.

Dan was almost paralyzed when a spur in

his vertebrae cut into his spinal chord. Most

often people do not come out of surgery fully

functioning.

With hard work and determination has

 

since recovered. “I thought I was

cooked,” he said. “No one told me

I couldn’t play guitar. So I always

thought I would again. The doctor

just says, ‘Well, keep it up.”

Stef faced a sinus condition that

required surgery meaning between

the two illnesses they were sidelined

from playing for more than a year.

“We had to cancel everything. We

were booked for a lot of events that

year but we just couldn’t do it. Now

we’re back and couldn’t be happier,”

she said.

The newest venture for the couple

is starting a new band called Lulu

and the Lazy Boys.

The name stems from the idea that

they’re all aging and sometimes they

need a comfortable chair to sit in

even when they’re playing.

The band’s been together for a

few months and played their first

gig at Eagles in Penticton. They’re

set to play in Osoyoos soon and are

taking bookings now.

“It’s been great. It’s really a fun

band. We’ve always wanted to play

in a band,” Stef said.

Both Stef and Dan said their goal

is to go on tour and travel while

playing music either throughout

Canada, the U.S. Or beyond.

“We really want to get out there.

I think it would be so much fun,”

she said.

But first they will play a special

performance at the Branding Iron

on Saturday, Dec. 17 starting at 6

p.m. There’s no cover charge for the

show but calling for reservations is

encouraged. The show will include

performances by The Corner Tur

tles, Lulu and the Lazy Boys and

special performances by Frank de

Tremaudan and wife Sara Crockett

and 11-year-old Trinity Russell who

will perform with the band for her

first time on stage.

“It’s going to be a great night. I

just want to thank Keremeos for

supporting us all these years and

enjoying the music,” Dan said.

Who:

Corner Turtles and Friends

What:

10th anniversary celebra-

tion

When:

Saturday, December 17

Where:

The Branding Iron

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