Western roots musicians teaming up for double-bill

Two seasoned Western roots musicians are teaming up for a double-bill house concert in Red Deer this week. John Wort Hannam and Gordie Tentrees will perform on Saturday at Jeans Off House Concerts in Red Deer.

Two seasoned Western roots musicians are teaming up for a double-bill house concert in Red Deer this week.

John Wort Hannam and Gordie Tentrees will perform on Saturday at Jeans Off House Concerts in Red Deer.

Hannam, a winner at the Kerrville Folk Festival, was born in the Channel Islands off the U.K. but now lives in Fort Macleod. He has taken eloquent tunes about life in rural Alberta all over the world, including performing in Australia and at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, D.C.

Critics praise Hannam for writing about the Prairies with the eloquence of W.O. Mitchell or Sinclair Ross, and for singing, playing guitar and harmonica “like no one’s business.”

Tentrees, who was nominated for a Western Canadian Music Award Album of the Year, is an Ontario native who ended up living in the Yukon. He crafts songs about gritty characters and rocky experiences in a blending of folk, roots and blues sounds.

The singer/songwriter, guitarist, dobro and harmonica player has performed at the Best of Canada concert at the Vancouver Olympics and was a finalist in an international songwriting competition judged by Tom Waits, Loretta Lynn and Jerry Lee Lewis.

“It’s impossible not to get drawn into his world,” said one critic, who compared Tentrees to a young John Prine.

For tickets and other information about the Red Deer concert, call 403-357-4728.

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