Canadian country musician Gary Fjellgaard is performing at the historic Sunset Theatre in Wells, B.C. on Wednesday, June 5.
Fjellgaard has spent more than 40 years performing, having released 15 albums — and even won a 1993 Juno Award for best country male vocalist. Fjellgaard, who was inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame in 2005, was raised on a farm in the prairies. From a young age, he says he was influenced by nature and people working the land — according to a press release, cattle drives, wagon treks and wind swept prairies have all provided inspiration for the lyrical imagery in his songs.
“With his finger style acoustic guitar, gentle vocals and colourful stories, Gary takes his western roots music to the people with a rare sincerity,” says the press release.
It was his sincerity which led Fjellgaard to write the song “I Apologize” in 2008, which is dedicated to Canada’s Indigenous — people who are the victims and survivors of the cultural genocide. “No apology can heal the wounds caused by the far reaching effects of the residential school system,” explains Fjellgaard in the release.
“I can only add my voice as a member of the generation who allowed this abuse to take place.”
Although Fjellgaard still tours, he has no upcoming shows in Quesnel or Prince George, so tickets to the Wells show are expected to sell out quickly.
The show is hosted by Island Mountain Arts and starts at 7 p.m. on Wednesday June 5.
For more information or to purchase advance tickets, visit the Island Mountain Arts website at www.imarts.com, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.