Velle and Aaron Weitman of the Velle Weitman Trio performing at the Creston Valley Blossom Festival opening last year.

Creston’s Velle Weitman Trio recording live CD at Sasquatch

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After three years together, the Velle Weitman Trio will be performing and recording live at the Snoring Sasquatch on April 27.

In 2010, while living in the Creston Valley, three enormously talented musicians recognized the incredible skill and passion for music within one another and decided to start preforming together.

United by the struggles they face balancing family, teaching music and maintaining the skills developed in their earlier careers, they began creating an eclectic repertoire consisting of a range of genres including folk, rock and smoky jazz, with a smattering of old time fiddle.

The trio consists of Velle Weitman (violin, vocals), Julie Matthews (piano, vocals) and Aaron Weitman (upright bass, vocals).

Velle is a veteran performer and her demeanor conveys her desire and enthusiasm to be on the stage. She runs a Suzuki violin program called Velvet Strings and claims that it allowed her to keep her chops, as she puts it.

She has performed all over Canada, the U.S. and the U.K., and has played in bands such as the Jeremy Walsh Band, Honeygirl, the Dragonflies, and Barleywik, and has shared the stage with such artists as Harry Manx, the Duhks and the Bills.

Velle has also shared the stage many times with her siblings, Daniel Huscroft and Zav RT, and is strongly affiliated with the artists of Dog My Cat Records.

Playing piano by ear at a young age, Matthews has always immersed herself in music, exploring all different styles and genres.

She has a great mastery of the piano but also teaches several other instruments and composition from her busy home studio. She has recorded on a dozen albums on various instruments.

“I love music that makes me feel alive,” said Matthews, who has a contagious passion for music, which is immediately apparent to any who meet her or watch her perform.

Influenced by funk and blues, Aaron began playing bass as a 12-year-old in his hometown of Kitimat. When he made the move to Victoria, Aaron started playing in ska bands and was recruited to play with the Bloodwarmers, who recorded one album and toured the West Coast, and opened for the Skatellites, Easy Big Fella and Mad Bombers Society.

Tickets for the live recording and concert are $10 in advance at Black Bear Books ad Kingfisher Used Books, and $12 at the door, which opens at 7 p.m.; the show begins at 8.

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