An ancient tribal instrument from northern Australia, the didgeridoo is considered the oldest wind instrument that exists today.
This Friday, Aug. 17, Shane Philip brings this and many more instruments to Gatzke Orchards in Lake Country.
The hypnotic, haunting sound the didgeridoo produces can induce listeners into a trance-like state and is even thought to have a special healing power.
Philip harnesses this power to produce an irresistible fusion of reggae and funk-influenced rhythm and song in his live concerts.
While the front of the Gatzke farm displays the bounty from its orchard, the area behind the market provides an opportunity for guests to experience a musical performance in the agricultural setting of Oyama, the “jewel of the Okanagan.”
Self-described as a singer/songwriter “first and foremost,” Philip uses an arsenal of didgeridoos, guitars and drums to bring his songs to life and the effect is so cutting edge that some mistake it for electronic looping. “I just play what comes from my heart and soul,” Philip said.
“That’s the ultimate compliment for me,” he said. “I know people who like electronic music and hear a little bit of that when I get the kick drum and high hat going, and the ‘didge,’ but that’s as close as I get.”
“I’m doing it live off the floor so it’s completely 100 per cent organic,” he said.
The Gatzke Orchards are on Hwy 97 N in Oyama. For more about the farm visit www.gatzkefarmmarkets.com
This all-ages welcome concert starts at 5 p.m. on Aug. 17. Ticket are $10, $15 at the door on the night.