Black Hen Road Show will be a night filled with roots and blues

Steve Dawson’s Black Hen Road show is making a stop at the Golden Civic Centre next week, featuring three blues and roots artists on the bill.

Black Hen is Dawson’s label, and the road show is on its third tour around. This year’s lineup includes Steve Marriner, Ndidi O, and Leeroy Stagger.

The three artists each bring something a little different to the showcase, ensuring there will be a bit of something for everyone. Dawson brought the three together, and they are excited to take part in the showcase.

“It should be really fun,” Said O, adding that Dawson was the second producer she had ever worked with, and that she has performed with him as well, and that showcases like these used to happen all the time with Elvis, Johnny Cash, and the likes of those artists. “It’s very much old school.”

After spending many of her childhood year in Golden, O is excited to come back to play at the Civic Centre. She hopes to find time to take a stroll down her old street to see if her home is still there.

Stagger has also been to Golden before, playing at the Golden Sound Festival a few years ago, although he grew up on Vancouver Island in Victoria. Just by default of being a travelling musician, he says he has been through Golden many times.

“I love it there, I’ve been there plenty of times,” he said. “I’ve been stranded there when the highway was closed. I’ve played shows there and visited for vacations.”

The musicians have all released records recently, so they will be showcasing their new albums. Stagger hopes they will get to collaborate a bit as well.

“It’s going to be a pretty special evening,” he said, adding that his music is like a documentation of humanity. “I get pegged as a roots artist a lot, but at the same time I think my last record has a lot of depth to it.”

The road show will bring out a lot of roots and blues, and the audience will get to take in some harmonica from Marriner, who was acclaimed as the harmonica player of the year at the Maple Blues awards. Marriner is also an “eloquent” singer and guitarist.

Encompassing many different sounds into her music, O says that she sticks pretty close to the blues.

“I’m very aware of the tonality of what I do. I have a jazz tonality in my voice, but I’ve never considered myself to exist in that world,” she explained. “The nature of the blues tends to be songs about the trials and tribulations of life; about loving and losing and loving again.”

All three artists will take Golden on a journey through their own emotions at the Civic Centre on April 19 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the Art Gallery of Golden box office, or by calling 250-344-6186.

Check out O at, Stagger at, and Marriner at

Just Posted

Two wildfires burning near Golden

Two wildfires are burning in the Golden area, started last night due… Continue reading

Golden dolphins make a splash

Submitted There were 160 swimmers representing seven different teams from all over… Continue reading

Youngblood and Astrocolor play back to back

If you can believe it, the Golden Sound Festival is only two… Continue reading

EDITORIAL: Protect our waters

Over and over, we are seeing reports of people missing or ignoring… Continue reading

Interact returns from Latacunga

Submitted After two years of hard-work, 16 of the longest-serving members of… Continue reading

VIDEO: Trudeau shuffles familiar faces, adds new ones to expanded cabinet

Justin Trudeau shuffles his front bench Wednesday to install the roster of ministers that will be entrusted with leading the Liberal team into next year’s election.

Wildfires erupt in B.C. Okanagan forcing evacuation orders and a highway closure

Check out a list of up-to-date information on blazes happening within the Kamloops Wildfire Centre.

‘Amazing Race Canada’ competitors face B.C. challenge

They drove Corvettes, mastered falconry basics, and ate blueberry pie in the Cowichan Valley

Grizzly bear jumps in river, chases B.C. kayaker

The bear got a bit too close for comfort along the Elaho River near Squamish

Parks Canada looks to shine light on cloudy future for historic sites

A plan is in place to produce 10-year plans designed to turn around sagging attendance figures

B.C. poet shines a bright light on struggle with homelessness

Book launch for John La Greca’s Homeless Memorial is at Vernon’s Gallery Vertigo July 21.

Ontario police say attack on Muslim man was motivated by hate

Two men, aged 27 and 19, have been charged with assault in the incident

Canadian Tire delivers toys to ease kids’ street play pain in B.C. neighbourhood

It’s like Christmas for 11 kids who are supposed to be confined to their yards by strata bylaw

City orders largest Kinder Morgan protest camp to leave

Residents of Camp Cloud near the Trans Mountain work site have 72 hours to leave

Most Read