Two Late to The Party works in due time: from Thai­land and South Africa to High River; Win­nipeg to Cal­gary and ev­ery­where in be­tween

Prairie Post (West Edition) - - Bargaineer - BY RYAN DAHLMAN

Adam Cor­kett has de­vel­oped an ap­pre­ci­a­tion for a lot of dif­fer­ent things the world has to of­fer,.

Cor­kett grew up in On­tario but he has been lit­er­ally been all over the planet gain­ing valu­able life and mu­sic ex­pe­ri­ence. One half of the mu­sic duo Two Late to the Party, Cor­kett and Alessan­dra Enns, they have just re­leased the song R-V-M, which is the first sin­gle off their de­but al­bum The Great Un­rav­el­ing.

We’re su­per-proud of it,” ex­plains Cor­kett, speak­ing on be­half of the band. He says when they heard the fi­nal prod­uct, it was quite over­whelm­ing con­sid­er­ing all the ef­fort and dili­gence it took to get it done. “It was a ‘taken-aback’ type mo­ment.”

Their of­fi­cial state­ment ex­plains that “R-V-M stands for river, val­ley, moun­tain, and the song is about the con­nec­tion to the land around us and how we can all miss that con­nec­tion. As Al­ber­tan artists it was hard for Two Late To The Party to not to feel this pull to­wards land as it shapes much of what we are about here in Al­berta.”

Cor­kett’s in­ter­est de­vel­oped from play­ing man­dolin and trum­pet at a young age. He was lis­ten­ing to his older brother play in­stru­ments in his room, Cor­kett’s love and ap­pre­ci­a­tion for mu­sic grew. He con­tin­ued to be ed­u­cated in all facets about mu­sic, song­writ­ing and per­form­ing as he started play­ing in bands in high school as well as liv­ing in dif­fer­ent coun­tries.

Cor­kett met his wife while liv­ing in Thai­land and also spent some time liv­ing in South Africa play­ing mu­sic with a friend of his. They toured and Cor­kett en­joyed learn­ing about the mu­sic in­dus­try. He had some time on his hands and so he learned some song­writ­ing skills.

In 2016-17, he was play­ing some mu­sic at a friend’s church in Cal­gary (aptly named Friends Church) when he met Enns. They de­vel­oped a strong bond mu­sic-wise and the chem­istry was such that they de­cided to do more se­ri­ous col­lab­o­ra­tions.

“We had been tour­ing and do­ing a lot of fes­ti­vals,” ex­plained Cor­kett and how it was go­ing well. “Then came the won­der­ful pan­demic.”

While it has def­i­nitely cramped the tour­ing for the two friends, Cor­kett says they have con­tin­ued to work hard while liv­ing their sep­a­rate lives. As Cor­kett says he has to worry about fam­ily, work, and mort­gages.

It shows. The mu­sic Two Late have pro­duced is not friv­o­lous. The roots and folk style they have em­braced is easy lis­ten­ing, but philo­sophic and sends a mes­sage. The lyrics reach the lis­tener’s soul and cou­pled with their smooth har­monies, makes for an en­joy­able lis­ten.

It is def­i­nitely easy lis­ten­ing with a mes­sage, and with the lat­est ef­fort of songs, a lot of work and col­lab­o­ra­tion in­volved. R-V-M for ex­am­ple has Zacharias do per­cus­sions and his brother con­trib­uted with some man­dolin work.

Cor­kett says that while he is still the same per­son, the ex­pe­ri­ences he has had has def­i­nitely added to song ideas that he has but more im­por­tantly in con­vey­ing a mes­sage with­out try­ing to be force­ful.

“My writ­ing has changed; it is deeper and more mean­ing­ful,” ex­plains Cor­kett. “Def­i­nitely as you grow older, you learn more. All about the jour­ney of life.”

They were strug­gling to get some recorded when they learned of Paul Zacharias and his home record­ing stu­dio in High River. Zacharias of course has been a sound de­signer at Rose­bud The­atre. The multi-gifted Zacharias, write songs, mu­sic and of course his mu­sic and en­gi­neer­ing of mu­sic at his Wheel­house Stu­dios in High River has been a main­stay the last num­ber of years.

“The great thing about work with Paul is the at­mos­phere,” ex­plains Cor­kett. “The at­mos­phere is very com­fort­able and when you write in a home that is com­fort­able, it makes it so much eas­ier for us. With a smaller town, the pace fits with what you are do­ing mu­si­cally.”

Cor­kett says the plan is to tour in the win­ter, mean­while their newly re­leased song R-V-M is on their web­site, Spo­tify and Ap­ple Mu­sic. Also visit them at their web­site: Twolate­tothep­; Face­book: https://www.face­­ToTheP­arty/ and on YouTube: com/chan­nel/UC7RE1ql­ca78PImh1U-KcMGg?view_as=sub­scriber

Photo con­trib­uted

Two Late for the Party Adam Cor­kett and Alessan­dra Enns recorded their lat­est work at High River.

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