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Award-winning musician to hold workshops

Budding singers and songwriters are in for a treat with a talented trio coming to Dawson Creek share their musical knowledge and expertise through a series of intimate workshops with a concert finale.

Budding singers and songwriters are in for a treat with a talented trio coming to Dawson Creek share their musical knowledge and expertise through a series of intimate workshops with a concert finale.

Hosted by the Peace Region Songwriters' Association (PRSA), the workshops feature Juno Award winner and Canadian Country Music Hall of Famer Gary Fjellgaard, with former Dawson Creeker Saskia Overbeek and Darrell Delaronde, who will put on three, 45-minute workshops starting at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Apr. 23 at Farmington Hall.

"One of our main reasons for being is to find ways to help local musicians get information, mentorship and to be able to learn to train their techniques," said PRSA member Linda Studley.

Upon hearing that the threesome was on tour, Studley said PRSA thought it would be an opportune time to host workshops in conjunction with the concert.

"We have three people who all have really excellent skills in different areas, so we thought why don't we do a triple playbill?" she said.

Fjellgaard will offer songwriting tips, Overbeek will talk about music marketing, and Delaronde will coach guitar playing.

"Saksia's been doing this for over 25 years and she's never had an agent. She's done all her own marketing herself," said Studley expanding on the details of the workshops.

"Darrell is a wonderful guitar player and he's got some really interesting riffs that he's going to be teaching people.

"And, of course, Gary Fjellgaard, hall of famer, he's an amazing songwriter, so he's going to be doing a little workshop on songwriting."

Those wishing to participate in the workshops are encouraged to register soon, as only a few seats are available.

Studely said PRSA has been looking to cover a wider range of workshops particularly the marketing component.

"There's a lot of musicians in the area who are creating CDs, they're playing in public and getting out there, and have websites and these different things," she said. "So we think that this is something that we're going to need to focus some attention on to help people find their way."

Topics that the group would like to include are copyright issues, royalties, and bookings.

"These are all things that a lot of us have to learn the hard way," she said.

If interest in these types of workshops pick up, PRSA may host a more comprehensive event.

The concert by Fjellgaard, accompanied by Overbeek and Delaronde begins at 7:30 p.m. at Farmington Hall.

"It's a really wonderful evening of entertainment no matter who you are. Young people, old people it's just wonderful music and very Canadian," said Studley.

For more information contact Studley at 250-843-2345.