If we add up the miles the acts scheduled to perform at Concerts in the Park on July 19, it wouldn’t be rude to say they have both been around and have polished their chops.
Both Terry Human and Maria Mango spent years plying their trade on the road and will bring their polished chops — the sum of that experience — to beautiful Island Park Thursday evening.
If it were the 60’s, folk singer Maria Mango probably would have been famous, or so she’s been told by the oldtimers who were there. This modern-day flower child is an anachronism with her hippie anthems about peace, love, sharing and growing food, freedom, unity, and couch surfing. “Three chords and the truth,” is how she describes her style, and after many years of playing for change on the street, she’s got a little something for everyone.
Though you may or may not have heard of her yet due to her lack of enthusiasm to do all that shameless self-promotion stuff, or her reluctance to commit to a touring schedule like a regular musician, this free bird’s adventures are nonetheless legendary. Carrying with her little more than a guitar and a smile, she has busked her way across the continent on a wing and a prayer, from Flin Flon to Hawaii to Burning Man and various other festivals to San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury and back again. She can bring the intimacy and warmth of a campfire to any venue she plays. Her music is organically fresh yet timelessly familiar.
If you ever see her busking on a street corner, stick around for a song or two, she’s sure to make you smile, or cry, or sometimes both at the same time!
You can check her out at https://mariamango.bandcamp.com
Terry’s musical roots run deep, growing up in a musical family. Everyone played an instrument and sang. It wasn’t long before he joined the family band, playing for old-time dances and Saturday evening hoedowns in somebody’s kitchen.
In the mid-sixties, the family moved to Calgary and Terry soon joined a folk group, “The North Country Singers”. Ten years later, Terry relocated to Winnipeg and discovered that every cocktail lounge, large or small, had a tiny dance floor and hired single or duo acts six nights a week.
He travelled a circuit in Manitoba, Ontario and Saskatchewan for about seven years. In the early eighties, Terry returned to his home in Portage la Prairie, where he played in several bands including “Maple Ridge”, “Second Time Around”, and “Lost River”. Terry stated his greatest musical influence is Merle Haggard. Currently, Terry is working on an album and plans to release it in the summer of 2018.
Terry is thrilled to have a chance to share his music with you at Concerts in the Park on July 19 at the beautiful Island Park outdoor stage. It’s a family-friendly atmosphere and it is free. Please bring along a lawn chair and a friend or two or three.
The best things in life are free!