One of the feature performers coming to the North Thompson Fall Fair and Rodeo this year, will be the duo of Saskia and Darrel.
The couple are International touring and recording artists who have won numerous awards for their albums, including Folk Album of the Month in Holland and have been on the top of the Indie Folk/Roots Charts throughout Europe for many years.
Saskia and Darrel are a powerful presence in their field; winning Top 5 people’s choice awards, hitting the #1 spot on MSN radio’s National Top 30 Countdown, and Album of the Year and four times Artist of the Year in their new home of Saskatchewan.
Their music is described as Prairie Roots and Canadiana, with a little ‘Dutchgrass’ thrown in. The pair have spent a lot of time touring and performing with well known entertainer Gary Fjelgard.
Darrel is a Metis songwriter whose tales of Louis Riel, David Thompson, and “Sailing Saskatchewan” are striking resonant chords in our Canadian National identity. His masterful guitar playing is honed from decades of playing six nights a week.
Saskia emigrated from the Netherlands with a powerhouse set of vocal chords and a passion for music and performance that has sustained her for many years as a working musician. Her incredible range, and the ability to sing in five languages sets her far apart. She brings to the mix adroit skills on guitar, bass, and pennywhistle.
They currently have nine CD’s available through their website, www.saskia.ca, where one can find more information and samples of their music. Currently on tour, they are traveling throughout Saskatchewan, Alberta and B.C. all during August, and will wind up at the North Thompson Fall Fair by the Labour Day weekend.
The duo will be performing at the Fair’s Cowboy Concert on Sunday, Sept. 2, 7 p.m, and will also perform that day on the outdoor stage.