Bluegrass and storytelling on tap for summer concert series

Bluegrass and storytelling on tap for summer concert series

Thompson, Manitoba singer/songwriter Nelson Little is first up this week on the Concerts in the Park Thursday evening playbill starting at 6 p.m.

If anything, Little is known as one of the hardest-working Canadian singer-songwriters and he has the chops to back it up. His latest recording, “Ain’t Afraid of the Truth” is an honest effort full of emotion and storytelling. It features the single “When I Fly” and the soon to be released

“Lost and Found”.

Nelson’s first album featured the single “Whiskey Devil” which made it to number 1 on the National Indigenous Music Countdown. That same record was also nominated for ‘Best Country Album’ at the 2014 Aboriginal People’s Choice Music Awards. In 2014 he was awarded the APCMA’s ‘Most Outstanding Manitoban’ award.

Nelson has performed on National Television for APTN’s AbDay Live in 2017. As well as the APCMA award show. He has shared the stage with artists such as The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Charlie Major, the Sheepdogs and many more.


CSI (Cathers Sawatzky Inc.) was “born” almost by accident in 2009. Wayne Cathers along with Rose & John Sawatzky were asked to perform at a small church fundraising concert. Gladly obliging to the request, three people took the stage that night as a nameless band. It must have been a sign from above as one of the band members had this brain wave and the new band of CSI – Cathers Sawatzky Inc. was presented. Ever since that day, we have been “Investigating the Bounds of Bluegrass”. Later that year our guitar, mandolin, vocals and great harmony from Rose was complimented by a stand-up bass player. At the young age of 15, Wayne’s son David willingly agreed to play in the band and has developed into a very versatile player. CSI has played many venues and focus on diverse bluegrass songs from the modern Alison Krauss to the classic “true grass” tunes. We love the gospel music and usually include 3-4 gospel tunes in each set.

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