Make way for the com­ing of Springfest

The Drumheller Mail - - NEWS - Pa­trick Ko­lafa The Drumheller Mail sub­mit­ted

The sure sign of spring is the East Coulee Spring Fes­ti­val, and once again, it prom­ises a full lineup of qual­ity entertainment.

The 23rd An­nual Spring Mu­sic Fes­ti­val in pic­turesque East Coulee is set to go on May 5 and 6, and prom­ises a lit­tle bit for every­one. What sets apart the lit­tle fes­ti­val that could, is the line-up it prom­ises every year.

“We al­ways seem to some re­turn­ing bands have and some new ones,” said ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the East Coulee School Mu­seum, Barb Steves

Some fes­ti­val main­stays in­clude Joel Kamps, John Ruther­ford, and Shad­ow­play. Also re­turn­ing this year is the Blues­land Horn Band.

“They are a great jazz band, they got a stand­ing ova­tion,” said Steeves, of the eight-piece band from Cal­gary.

She is also ex­cited about the Mbira Re­nais­sance Band, an African drum­ming band. Some lo­cal fa­mil­iar names in­clude the Way­far­ing Fid­dlers, Layne Syvert­sen and Dar­ren Smylie.

Clos­ing out the show Satur­day night is the Celtic rock/ East coast act, the De­rina Har­vey Band.

These are just a few of the acts on stage.

“There will be great band Fri­day night and Satur­day night, there is go­ing to be lots of good stuff to lis­ten to, that’s for sure.” said Steeves, of the acts lining up to play in the Green Room and the Team Room at the East Coulee School Mu­seum, and the East Coulee Com­mu­nity Hall.

The East Coulee Spring Fes­ti­val is the School Mu­seum’s sin­gle largest fundraiser and it goes into its build­ing op­er­a­tions to cover costs through­out the year.

While the fes­ti­val is still a cou­ple weeks away, Steeves says there are still a num­ber of op­por­tu­ni­ties to vol­un­teer. Shifts can range from four to six hours and can have du­ties do­ing any­thing from food and bar ser­vices to set up and take down. To learn more about vol­un­teer op­por­tu­ni­ties or to sign up, fill out an online form at www.ECS­mu­ and fol­low the Springfest links.

The De­rina Har­vey Band will be tak­ing to the Com­mu­nity Hall Stage on Satur­day, May 6 at The East Coulee Spring Fes­ti­val.

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