a piercing gaze, Petunia looks into the collective soul of the
audience, then launches into high and lonesome vocals that conjure
up the spirit of Jimmie Rodgers.
Not content with mesmerizing the
crowd, Petunia's tapping boot propels the band into a snarling fire
and brimstone rave-up as a wave of frantic jitterbuggers compete for
space on the hardwood dance floor.
Vancouver-based Petunia & the Vipers will be returning to Harrison
with their swinging country blues rockabilly tunes Saturday,
February 18 at 8pm in the intimate Harrison Memorial Hall.
The band is led by songwriter Petunia, who
his evocative songs with an arresting voice that moves between
rockabilly snarls and country blues yodels, delivered in a ghostly
falsetto. “This is Petunia and the boys’ third visit to Harrison in
the past 5 years," says Andy Hillhouse, Artistic Director of the
Harrison Festival Society, "From their first appearance on our beach
stage in 2012 they developed a following for their slightly
eccentric approach to some classic Americana styles."
Petunia defies convention. His style
is unique and surreal and his live performances have been likened to
an Avant-Country nightclub scene straight out of a David Lynch
movie. His honest, cut to the heart song writing and multi-syllabic
narratives would leave a lesser singer tongue-tied and breathless.
One of the many themes running through Petunia’s lyrics relates to
living life on one’s own terms – fearlessly and without regret. This
theme echoes Petunia’s own biography. Spending the early part of his
career playing on every major street corner, subway station and park
bench in Canada and NY city, he picked, grinned, and sang for his
Petunia are the Vipers, a band consisting of some of Western
Canada's finest, including former members of rockabilly legends Ray
Condo's Ricochets and Sarah McLachlan's band. This group of skilled,
imaginative, and tasteful players accompanies Petunia with the
classic sounds of pedal steel, electric guitar, stand up bass, and
Petunia’s music is infectious: his singing ranges from the most
delicate you’ve ever heard to the most powerful, often within a
single song. It's hillbilly flavoured, swing inflected, ragtime,
Tickets for Petunia & the Vipers are $22.00 and can be purchased
www.harrisonfestival.com, by phone at 604.796.3664 or in person
at the Ranger Station Art Gallery in Harrison and Agassiz Shoppers
Drug Mart on Pioneer Ave.
the Harrison Festival Society
Known worldwide for its professional artistry and small town
hospitality, the Harrison Festival Society has long been a beacon
for growing acceptance of diversity and purpose fuelled programming.
Each July, for more than 35 years, the
Society has produced the internationally acclaimed Harrison Festival
of the Arts, a 9-day, cross-disciplinary, multicultural art event
set amidst the small town atmosphere and breathtaking scenery of
Harrison Hot Springs, BC.
A charitable non-profit, grass-roots
organization, the Society also presents an annual Season of the
Performing Arts from September to May and works closely with a
number of Fraser Valley partners in continuing to bring high
quality, inclusive and accessible performing arts into the area.
www.harrisonfestival.com │ 604.796.3664 │ info[@]harrisonfestival.com
Box 399, 98 Rockwell Dr, Harrison Hot Springs, BC V0M 1K0
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