Carolyn Mark’s performance career got off to an early start, but it’s fair to say she wasn’t overly enthused about it.
Her father, a violin virtuoso himself, would arrange for the pair to perform duets whenever they had visitors over to their dairy farm in Sicamous.
“He’d always make me play…I’d be sort of embarrassed and the guests would be kind of like hostages or something,” she laughed.
Mark now admits that she’s glad her parents forced music upon her, and understandably so given where her own music career has taken her.
Her first band was the Vinaigrettes, an all-girl foursome out of Victoria that stuck together with various lineups for seven years. Altogether the group produced six albums before breaking apart.
“I thought I was only ever going to have one band,” Mark said, while acknowledging it was heartbreaking when they split up.
Mark turned that negative into a positive when she embarked upon a solo career, now enjoying the freedom that comes with writing and playing all of her own tunes.
Over the years, her music has mellowed out some and turned into the folkier sort of sound that she is known for today.
“My music is less loud…definitely quieter,” Mark laughed. “I didn’t know I was making all that racket.”
Mark will be performing at the Civic Centre on May 22 alongside Geoff Berner and Kris Demeanor. They’ll collaborate on a few tunes and take turns on the stage for the rest of the show. It’s a format that has worked well in the past for one-off shows but this will be the first time all three of them are touring together.
“We did this show on Salt Spring Island the three of us…I just remember a sea of smiles and the whole place was grinning at us too. It was a magical feeling so of course you want to try and repeat it as often as possible.”
Interestingly enough, Golden was the first show the group booked on their tour, which will also include stops in Nelson, Victoria and Cranbrook. Berner and Demeanor both love playing here so Mark sent an inquiry to Bacchus Books owner Caleb Moss and the tour was born from there.
“We booked Golden first and the whole tour is based around it,” Mark said.
After all of her years in the music industry, it’s the excitement of travelling and touring that keeps Mark enthusiastic about her career.
“I sort of mutated to prefer touring than to staying home…I kind of feel better when I know what I’m doing every day,” Mark said.
Tickets for the show, which is a joint venture by Kicking Horse Culture and Moss, are available at the Art Gallery of Golden.