Freya – California Poppy

Saturday, May 28th, 2016

There is gold in these hills! Cultural gold, artistic gold, creative gold. Noel Fudge and Martine Denbok are just two examples of our many local treasures. Both are musical performers, composers and instructors living in New Denver. They perform together as Freya and we were fortunate enough to have them here at Mountain Fruit Folklore Centre. Here’s their performance and interview, exclusively, Live from the Pew!

for more info on the band please visit

teton parlour

Teton Ebony and Sitka Spruce Parlour STP180DVB

Teton has done a remarkable job hitting the price point on this one. The solid sitka spruce top and 12-fret neck join, along with the ebony (laminate) back and sides make for a very appealing instrument, both tonally and visually. Not to mention a bit of bling with the abalone rosette around the sound hole. I think you’d be hard pressed to find another parlour of this quality for anywhere near this price. The bass-response on the STP180DVB is remarkable for a body this small, due largely to the 12-fret body design and excellent tone wood selection, without any compromise to the upper register. A great choice for the detailed finger-style player.

 I just can’t get over how beautiful those blonde/rosey streaks in the ebony are.

Full specs here



Tenise Marie – Oxygen

Tenise is a Kootenay girl through and through. I’ve always felt that the place a person lives influences their music in ways they can’t control. Here are songs that evoke a sense of quiet peace, and beauty not without strength or wisdom. In short, everything that North Kootenay Lake means to me. Tenise’s songwriting has a way of bringing you in from the wild, her stunningly clear voice is a soothing comfort against the hardships of the world, like a cup of tea and a book by the fire on a dark rainy night.

Tenise is a trained musician and graduate from Selkirk College. This all original album is an excellent example what a person can accomplish with the skills and knowledge to nourish their inherent spark of creativity into a roaring flame.

Very well produced and executed. 4 and a half stars!


Spider Capo

I’m really excited about this innovative new capo.

The Spider Capo allows you to individually capo some strings and leave others open. I had a chance to play around with it and was immediately baffled by the endless possibilities it opened. You can imitate open tunings with it, create interesting chords with novel open strings, you can play behind the capo on strings that you leave open, you can even change tunings in the middle of a performance. The way the Spider Capo’s fingers work you are actually capable of fine-tuning each string individually.

The capo itself weighs less than an ounce and the fingers can be easily reversed for use on a left handed guitar.

There are tons of possibilities that will open up for those willing to explore.


Violin Touch Up

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

IMG_0825This old violin suffered some varnish loss on each side of the lower bout on the back due to some form of shoulder rest abrasion.

IMG_0873With the base colour established layering varnish/colour begins with close attention to retaining the detail of summer/winter grain lines.

IMG_0875Getting close, light sanding between layers and reducing the table edge thru new colour to mimic natural wear.