Ed Peekeekoot, a musician with strong Clearwater roots, has been booked by the Blackpool Hall Committee for a concert to be held Friday April 15 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at Bayley’s Bistro – $15 for adults and $10 for seniors and children. For more information about the concert, call Jean Iwaszkiw at 250-674-4000.
Multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter, and storyteller, Peekeekoot is a skilled and seasoned performer. He has a timeless kind of cool that appeals to audiences of all ages. Ed’s performances go from blazing guitar work to foot stomping fiddle and haunting Native flute – all sprinkled with his Cree humor and philosophy. He takes people on a wildly varied musical journey from country folk to a touch of classical and jazz.
From the Ahtahkakoop Cree First Nation in Saskatchewan where he grew up in a musical and supportive family, Ed now lives on Vancouver Island. Ed lived in Vavenby in his late teens and early twenties. Then, as a shy young guitar player, Ed was taken under the wing of Davy and Lorraine Davison and the Trophy Mountain Boys. Ed and his wife, Gail, have fond memories of those great weekend dances! Ed’s third CD, “Dance Tonight,” is dedicated to Davy and Lorraine.
Ed has been a solo musician for over three decades – cutting his musical teeth first in Clearwater, then in the bars and clubs of Vancouver, and now appearing in concerts, festivals, school performances, corporate events, dances, and retreat gatherings across western Canada and into the U.S.
Ed has been nominated twice as B.C. Country Music Association’s Instrumentalist of the Year and his CD “In the Key of Cree” was nominated for Best Country CD in the Aboriginal People’s Choice Music Awards.
Ed is also a visual artist and will be doing a woodcarving demonstration on Sunday April 17 from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. He will be bringing some of the carvings he is working on in preparation for the “People of the Plains” juried art show at the Calgary Stampede this summer. For more information about the carving demonstration call Ken Fergusson at 250- 587-6336.