Second Joe Hill Coffeehouse delights crowd

Musicians and performers were out Sunday night to perform at the second Joe Hill Coffeehouse in Rossland.

Musicians and performers were out Sunday night to perform at the second Joe Hill Coffeehouse in Rossland.

The night was filled with all sorts of performances, ranging from guitar playing singer-songwriters to poetry reading.

Michael Gifford, who organizes the events, said he tries to keep the night fresh every time by limiting the return performers.

“There were a few repeat performers, there were also a lot new acts,” Gifford said.

Gifford said he tries to keep a few of the night’s spots open for last second bookings.

For instance, one of the performers didn’t book until just last week and so was a surprise on the schedule.

“I’d been keeping the last spot in case someone called,” he said.

The show started off with Gifford and Nicola Everton playing and singing early 1900s tunes on the ukulele clarinet.

Kerry Kean played guitar and sang, comfortably since it was her second time at Joe Hill.

Jill Amantea, who dances out of Rossland’s Kootenay DanceWorks captivated the crowd with her performance.

Local author Darcee O’Hearn talked about what it was like to write her book.

Les Carter performed guitar/vocals folk-style.

William Adler talked about his Joe Hill biography The Man Who Never Died.

Keith Simmonds – singer of worker’s songs, accompanied by Terry & Janet Marshall

Paul Bowles played some interesting melodies on a box drum and a xylophone, as well as performing poetry.

Barry Jones finished off the show with guitar and singing. Jones was the last moment entry in the night’s roster.

The next show, on the second Sunday of November already has spots booked.

“I have five acts booked for November,” he said.

Gifford is also looking for someone to help out with the organization of the nights and eventually take over.

“You don’t have to be retired (to do it), but it definitely helps,” he said, adding that it isn’t really too big of a job.


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