Fernie band Shred Kelly went to Durand Manor for a holiday telegram

Kootenay band treats Durand residents to Christmas performance

An anonymous donor in Golden purchased one of Shred Kelly's Festive Telegrams to spread some cheer to the residents at Durand Manor.

Shred Kelly is no stranger to Golden. The Fernie band has played to local audiences countless times over the past several years.

This past local audience, however, was a little bit different.

They did of course play their usual packed show at the Rockwater Grill and Bar, with audiences dancing until the wee hours of the morning. But the following day they left the drums and amps at home, and played a special show at Durand Manor.

During their recent holiday tour, Shred Kelly has been selling Holiday Singing Telegrams, where people can purchase a time slot from the band and they will go to a loved one’s home or place of work to play a selection of festive and original tunes.

An anonymous donor in Golden purchased one of their time slots to spread some cheer to the residents at Durand Manor.

All proceeds from their singing telegrams are going to the charitable organization Music Heals, a Canadian group of music enthusiasts who raise awareness of the healing powers of music. They help fund music therapy programs at children’s hospitals, senior’s centres, palliative care units, and at-risk youth.

Shred Kelly was such a big hit at Durand that the crowd in the common room talked the band into two encores, which they graciously obliged even though they were on their way to Revelstoke for their next show.