2015 was the 100th anniversary of the Kettle Valley Railway and the Brakemen were very busy performing 18 concerts of their Kettle Valley songs. In 2016, each Brakemen show will feature several KVR tunes but also other material from western Canada's colourful steam rail past. Audiences will be treated to our feminist train song ("Delicate As A Flower"), our risque expose of train life ("Who Comes 'Round the House...When I'm At The Round House?") and our train laxative song (C.P.R. Strawberries") plus many more. It's all Canadian rail history set to a toe-tappin' folk/bluegrass beat.
While The Kettle Valley Brakemen continue to tour widely performing at museums, music festivals and special community events throughout the summer, more and more we are performing for private audiences of folks living in gated communities. These situations present us with ideal performing circumstances: intimate venues and interested audiences.
Public performances 2016
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Usually The Kettle Valley Brakemen restrict their performing schedule to dates from April until October. This year we are included concerts (both public and private) in Feb. and March. Public shows already booked include:
-- Sunday June 19th 2016 --
a Father's Day afternoon concert at the Old Grist Mill in Keremeos. Call the Mill for specifics of time and cost.
-- Friday July 1st 2016 --
Canada Day the Kettle Valley Brakemen at the Osoyoos Cherry Fiesta once again. Performance time to be determined.
-- FRIDAY JULY 15th 2016 --
McDonald Park in Kamloops, an evening concert
-- SaturDAY JULY 16th 2016 --
Riverside Park in Kamloops, an evening concert
-- Wednesday August 3rd 2016 --
Peach Fest in Penticton - The Kettle Valley Brakemen will be the opening act for Peach Fest 2016 - appearing from 1:25pm until 2:00pm. This is a free show, but bring your own lawn chair.
Brakeman Jack at the Naramata Museum
July & August 2016
You are welcome to visit with Brakeman Jack in front of The Naramata Museum from 2:00 pm until 4:00 pm any Sunday in July and August. Browse the Museum and learn about the origins of this unique Okanagan village, talk songwriting or sing along with old folk songs. Of course Jack won't be there when The Kettle Valley Brakemen are on the road or when it's raining so if you're thinking of visiting Naramata for a chat or singalong email him at firstname.lastname@example.org to discover whether he'll be there on that particular Sunday.