House concert hostess Kelly Waters says of the father and son alternative folk duo performing at The Gog May 15, "If you have seen them then you know they are worth seeing and hearing again, and if you haven’t seen them, do yourself a favour and come enjoy their gifts."
Andrew and Zachari Smith, based in Kelowna, B.C., are returning to The Gog, having "wowed" the crowd there on a previous engagement.
With vocals, guitars, mandolin, dobro, banjo and percussion they create an engaging sound and concert experience.
They regularly tour across Canada and Europe and their music continues to garner radio play across the country.
Andrew is a "world-class" tap-style guitarist, tapping the strings against the fret to create sound, rather than strumming or picking. His son Zachari is purported to be able to play just about any instrument he picks up.
The pair has released two albums, Travelling and Stumbling Horse.
Although father and son work on songs together and separately, the elder Smith admits that despite the familial bond it’s much like any other partnership, and both feel fortunate to be able to tour with each other.
“It’s great to hang out with my son, make music with him and just hear the songs he writes," says Andrew. "He’s a talented multi-instrumentalist who brings new life to the tunes and to our concerts. It works on a lot of different levels.”
The Evening of Tap Guitar and Indie Folk Music takes place at The Gog, 1391-105th St. on North Battleford Friday, May 15.
Admission is $20, which goes entirely to the artists. Waters will prepare her usual delicious hors d'ouvres, and donations to help offset that cost are welcomed. If you plan to attend, you can let the hostess know by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or text 306-481-3656.
The doors open at 7 p.m. and show goes at 7:30 p.m.