The opening act of Creston Concert Society’s 2018-19 season will close the summer with a rollicking great time! Derina Harvey Band performs Wednesday, September 19th at the Prince Charles Theatre in what is sure to be an electrifying evening.
Fearless front-woman Derina Harvey leads this Alberta-based Celtic-rock act, who offer an authentic east-coast experience with a fresh take on traditional tunes as well as their own original jigs and reels. Their rocky, rhythmic undertow is layered with guitars, fiddle, and topped by Derina’s powerful voice. These transplanted east-coasters have earned a reputation with their high-energy live show, leaving many an audience out-of-breath and hollering from their seats! “The power, charisma, and talent that you have as a band is an experience that not many would be able to walk away from, as most are still clappin’ and rockin’.” (Jana MacKenzie, Artistic Director, South Country Fair – Fort Macleod, AB)
2017 has seen the group expand their touring footprint due to several successful showcases across Western Canada in 2015 and 2016, where “audience members [commented] about how much fun the show was; Derina’s onstage energy is electric and spreads throughout the entire venue.” (Josh Gennings, Shell Theatre Supervisor, Dow Centennial Center) The band’s first performance in the United States was in October 2017, at the Arts Northwest Booking Conference in Tacoma, WA, where they received the award for Best Showcase.
Derina Harvey Band has logged over 120 performances in the last two years, with many of these on the performing arts and festival circuits, including tour dates in Western Canada, Newfoundland, and even the Northwest Territories. The band has been featured at George Street Festival (St. John’s, NL) three times, opening for the Newfoundland act Shanneyganock. They have shared the stage with other east-coast favourites including Ron Hynes, Jimmy Rankin, The Irish Descendants, Pogey, and even some rock acts such as The Trews, Kim Mitchell, and Trooper.
Derina Harvey Band has two full-length recordings to their credit. Their self-titled debut album (2013) has garnered radio airplay across Canada, and their second album Rove and Go (2016) has become even more widespread, being added at over 30 stations across Canada and tracking at #65 on CKUA’s top-played albums for 2016. The band was also nominated for an Edmonton Music Award in 2016 in the “Artist to Watch” category.
Derina Harvey Band, who are likened to “a brisk morning on an east coast shore, bring[ing] colour to your cheeks and takes your breath away… music and joy that will fill your heart and soul.” (Andy Donnelly, Host of CKUA’s “The Celtic Show”), performs at the Prince Charles Theatre on Wednesday, September 19, 2018. Tickets are $22 adult and $10 youth in advance and are available at Black Bear Books, Kingfisher Books, and Fly in the Fibre, or $25/12 at the door. The show starts at 7:30 p.m.