Fernie’s Shred Kelly returning to Creston for concert

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Shred Kelly returns to the Snoring Sasqatch on March 16.

The Fernie‑based band Shred Kelly is returning to the Snoring Sasquatch arts house on March 16 to perform new songs from their upcoming album due to be released this summer.

Shred Kelly is a formulation of friends and foot stompin’ good times born in the East Kootenay region of British Columbia. Hailing from Fernie, the five-piece band is best known for mixing clawhammer banjo riffs that tear the fabric of space and time with high voltage guitars, fierce drums, and hauntingly sweet harmonies to produce a sound that has been properly coined “stoke folk”. Singing songs about powder days, tornado destruction and a sincere distaste for work, these ski bums are consistently turning doubters into sweaty folk rock believers on the dance floor.

Since their last performance in Creston in 2010, they have toured their signature Kootenay-influenced, alternative folk rock sound across the country to as far as Newfoundland and back, gaining great recognition for their energetic live show across the nation.

While driving from town to town across Canada, they have been piecing together a new arsenal of banjo driven riffs while playing music festivals such as the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, Starbelly Jam, South Country Fair, Wapiti, Kispiox Valley Music Festival, Blizzard Fest and the Beaumont Blues Festival. Looking down the barrel of the rest of the year you can expect to see the band play at many more music festivals including Canadian Music Week in Toronto and the Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival, with a new album release this summer.

Presented by the Sasquatch Arts and Music Society (SAMS) this is an audience favourite band. Tickets are $10 in advance at Kingfisher Used Books and Black Bear Books, and $12 at the door, which opens at 7 p.m.; the show begins at 8.

— SASQUATCH ARTS AND MUSIC SOCIETY