Annual Voices of the Prairie show set for Nov. 16

Johnny Dietrich, centre, performs during a previous Voices of the Prairie concert with his band Kickin’ Up Dust, Ken Wettlaufer, left and sister Colleen Bryce at right.


Even after all these years, Johnny Dietrich doesn’t have a problem putting a fresh spin on his annual Voices of the Prairie benefit show.

Scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 16 at the Canad Inns, the 13th year of Voices of the Prairie will feature fan requests, along with original songs “and we’ll have enough new material in the program to make it a fun night,” says Dietrich. “A lot of people come out to the show so we make sure the entertainment value is high. As plans start to come together, each performance is new, exciting and different for me. It’s going to be really enjoyable and it’s a pleasure to do this show for everyone” the popular singer/songwriter says.

Again this year Dietrich will perform with his band Kickin’ Up Dust, featuring bassist Ken Wettlaufer and sister Colleen Bryce who sings and accompanies Dietrich on acoustic guitar.

Johnny is working towards his coming CD release and will perform two new songs, “Jamie’s Song” and “The Sun Don’t Shine Wherever I Go”.

The Sharpe Sister: from left, Kathy Bryce, Carolyn Whitfield and Colleen Bryce.

The Sharpe Sisters will again co-host Voices of the Prairie and will launch their new and second CD, “Three Hearts”.

“Three Hearts will be released Nov. 16 at Voices of the Prairie and has not been heard elsewhere,” says Sharpe Sisters spokesperson and member Kathy Bryce. “Three Hearts” features 11 songs, eight of them originals. “We recorded “Three Hearts” with Ken Campbell and we received the final mix and have sent it to Winnipeg for production, in time for the show.

Double the Trouble, Indigenous identical twin fiddlers from Winnipeg are the special guest performers at Voices of the Prairie this year.

This year, Voices of the Prairie is bringing a special treat with Double the Trouble, twin fiddlers from Winnipeg. These identical 15-year old Indigenous musicians along with their dad on guitar delight audiences with their traditional Metis fiddling and singing of original and contemporary folk classics.

Luc and Aidan’s charisma and talent have taken them across Canada, into the United States and Mexico. With their unique style and sound, they have wowed audiences from the age of four. In 2017, they released their second album entitled “Juniper Woods” and have enjoyed notable performances at the Winnipeg Folk Festival, Canada Summer Games and with Ashley MacIsaac and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra.

Luc and Aidan have also performed at Government House, invited by Lieutenant Governor Janice Filmon as part of Conversations & Celebrations, evenings to honour the 135th birthday of Government House.

Voices of the Prairie is a benefit concert and over the years many groups have received donations from the profit this show generates. This year Dietrich has chosen Sunset Palliative Care as the beneficiary.

Ticket give away

In cooperation with Voices of the Prairie, The Portage Citizen will award two free tickets to Debbie Parker. Parker’s name was chosen at random from e-mail entries received by Nov. 13.


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