MUSICIANS Claire Lawrence, left, Terri-Lynn Davidson and Bill Henderson are among those who will be performing during the Ryga Arts Festival in Summerland. (Photo submitted)

Members of Henderson family to perform at Ryga Arts Festival in Summerland

Bill Henderson was the founder and lead guitarist of the band Chilliwack

Members of the Henderson family will perform at this year’s Ryga Arts Festival in Summerland.

Bill Henderson, founder and lead guitarist of the famed band Chilliwack, will be part of the crowning concert at this year’s festival, which runs Aug. 24 to Sept. 1.

While this will be Henderson’s first appearance at the Festival, the Vancouver-based musician is no stranger to Summerland or the work of George Ryga.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the album, Grass and Wild Strawberries, which was a collaboration between Henderson and Ryga.

The album was a hit record for the Collectors (who went on to become Chilliwack) in 1969. In the same year, a stage version of Grass and Wild Strawberries broke attendance records at the Vancouver Playhouse and at regional theatres across Canada.

“Basically, George sent us his script and lyrics… We took them and worked with them and

shifted stuff around,” Henderson recalled working with Ryga on Seventeenth Summer and other

songs half a century ago. “Then we went and met with him and spent time working hands-on

together…He would go and bang something out on the typewriter and say: try this.”

Henderson said Ryga, a political writer, changed his way of looking at the world and continues to influence his songs about social issues.

“So George lives in some way,” he says, in songs like Patent on the Wind, Henderson’s commentary on the legal battle between the Saskatchewan farmer Percy Schmeiser and the global Monsanto corporation.

READ ALSO: COLUMN: Reflecting on George Ryga’s legacy

READ ALSO: COLUMN: A lasting legacy of literature

Henderson returns to Summerland after a decade’s absence.

For 15 years, he and Roy Forbes used to give songwriting workshops at the former Ryga home, which became a retreat for writers and musicians following George Ryga’s untimely death in 1987. The Ryga Centre closed in 2014 and the Ryga Festival Society was formed the following yea.

This year’s festival closing concert, called Interweaving, will be held Saturday, Aug. 31 at Centre Stage Theatre in Summerland.

Henderson will be joined by Claire Lawrence, another veteran member of The Collectors, and they will accompany Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson, a Haida artist, singer and activist for aboriginal land rights. 250.494.8533

The trio recently released an album, Grizzly Bear Town, which explores the spirit of improvisation that connects Haida music and jazz.

It was recorded among the ancient totem poles and mossy landscape of Haida Gwaii, where Williams-Davidson lives.

The Summerland performance will also feature Juno-nominated Jodi Proznick on bass, and Henderson’s daughters, Saffron and Camille Henderson, as vocalists.

Saffron Henderson has a long list of film and anime credits as an actress, and she provided backing vocals on such albums as Electric by Paul Rodgers (who now lives part-time in Summerland.) Younger sister Camille, a voice coach, began performing at the age of 10 and has won awards recording and touring with the West End Girls and later with Sarah McLachlan.

Bill Henderson’s brother Ed Henderson will also perform. He is also an original member of Chilliwack, and a Juno award winning musician. He is returning to the Ryga Arts Festival, where he performed two years ago with Ann Mortifee at her 70th birthday concert.

His collaboration with Mortifee spans decades.

This year Ed Henderson will be performing his own music in an evening of Acoustic Blend, on Friday, Aug. 30 at Centre Stage Theatre.

To report a typo, email:
news@summerlandreview.com
.



news@summerlandreview.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

RDCO removes Killiney Beach water quality advisory

Outdoor water restrictions are still in effect

Kelowna-based cannabis company granted licence for new facility

Tumbleweed is expected to produce 1,000 kilograms of marijuana

Parkinson Recreation Centre and gymnasium closures

The facilities will be closed for two weeks

Sicamous RCMP arrest Lake Country man following truck break-in

Suspect found in possesion of bear spray, masks and break-in tools.

Motorcyclist involved in Westside Road crash

Air ambulance assists while motorists face lengthy delays

VIDEO: Canadian zoos’ captive breeding programs help preserve endangered species

Programs considered last-ditch effort to prevent local extinctions of turtles, butterflies and more

Vancouver man arrested after pregnant woman’s SUV stolen, then crashed

Police are recommending charges against a 22-year-old Vancouver man

Elections Canada to assess ‘partisan’ climate change rhetoric case by case

People’s Party of Canada Leader Maxime Bernier has said climate change is not an emergency nor caused by human

Unseasonable snow forces campers out of northeastern B.C. provincial park

Storm brought as much as 35 centimetres of snow to the Fort Nelson, Muncho Lake Park-Stone Mountain Park

Art and music at Summerland Ornamental Gardens

Second event of the summer will be held Sunday, Aug. 25

B.C. log export rules killing us, northwest harvester says

NorthPac Forestry says Skeena Sawmills has plenty of timber

Sleep expert recommends Summer snooze solutions

Summertime brings light, noise, heat and other conditions that can make getting to sleep hard.

Environment groups warned saying climate change is real could be seen as partisan

Talk of climate change could be viewed as advocating against Maxime Bernier, the leader of the People’s Party of Canada

Most Read