Well-known singer-songwriter Terry Human will open Concerts in the Park on Thursday at 6 p.m.
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, Human 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 80s, he returned to his Portage la Prairie home where he played in several bands including Maple Ridge, Second Time Around, and Lost River. Human says his greatest musical influence is Merle Haggard. Currently, Human is working on an album and plans to release it in the summer of 2019.
From the village of Arden, MB Mavis Rowe learned to appreciate music from an early age.
“I would say my style is a mix of folk, country, and blues.
“I began singing in the church choir which taught me to learn harmony, and at home with my brother and sisters. I started playing acoustic guitar at 15, influenced by country and bluegrass artists like Johnny Cash, the Carter family, Bill Monroe and Flatt & Scruggs, and later on, Steve Earle, folk musicians Joan Baez, Bob Dylan and Gordon Lightfoot and John Prine, as well as Motown and soul, rhythm & blues and rock.
“I started writing my own songs in a variety of styles for the pure enjoyment of experimenting with setting my lyrics to music. To date, I have written over 20 of my own songs. I was what you might call a ‘campfire’ musician for a number of years, then became part of the diverse music community in Winnipeg where I performed in open mic sessions at local pubs, music festivals and was part of the group Clusterpluck.”