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Custom pickup installs!

Sunday, August 6th, 2017

Here are a few examples of pick up installs that required some problem solving.

In the photo to the left we see a K&K pure mini installed in a 12 string guitar that has a JLD bridge doctor attached. K&K does make a 12 string p/u but the transducers are so large that it’s not feasible to install correctly in this scenario. Chamfering the edge of the bridge doctor block where it contacts the bridge plate allows the installation of the middle transducer of the pure mini to be fully on the bridge plate. The pure mini is a totally acceptable substitution for pure 12 when this obstacle is present.

In the photo below we see a K&K banjo twin with a custom cable guide to keep the pickup leads from going microphonic when contacting the banjos coordinator rods. Using the existing nuts and rod was a nice solution as it meant we didn’t have to alter the pot in any way.

And lastly we have a K&K mandolin twin internal installed in an Octave Mandolin. The real challenge with oval hole instruments in the mandolin family is I can’t get my hand inside the instrument to position the transducers. The solution is to mark out where they need to go and secure the transducer to powerful magnets then position inside via a steel rod. The final guide into exact location is where the attracting magnet is placed on the outside of the instrument. If you have a challenging install you’d like us solve give us a call!


Leila Neverland

Thursday, July 27th, 2017

We had a lovely surprise visit from a travelling performer, Leila Neverland. Her uniquely powerful and emotive voice and songwriting struck us instantly. It is with great pleasure that we share her performance with you.

For more information please visit leilaneverland.com


In Memory of our Dear Friend

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

Our dear friend Marty Hamilton has passed away. It is with heavy hearts that we say farewell to this fantastic man, community member, and musician.

Rest In Peace, Marty.


Freya Performs a Track From their New Album

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017

The local talent in this area never ceases to amaze us! Noel Fudge and Martine Denbok are beautiful songwriters, composers, and private music teachers based out of New Denver. Take a moment. Set everything else aside. Take a listen to this beautiful track from their new album, which can be purchased here in store at Mountain Fruit Folklore. All proceeds go to the artist.
Learn more about Freya and their music at http://www.fortheloveoffreya.ca

Go to our Youtube channel Mountain Fruit Folklore Centre to hear another song from the new album performed on Octave Violin! Along with a wealth of other incredible performances, Live! From the Pew!


Cara Luft – Black Mountain Side

Friday, May 12th, 2017

As always it is a pleasure to have Cara Luft in the store. She is probably our most featured Live from the Pew artist. We asked her if she would play us a little something for on our own hand built 19th century guitar, and here it is!


Black Water Side is a traditional Irish Tune, of unknown author. Perhaps in this day the most well known version is the instrumental track from Led Zeppelin’s self-titled first album.

For more Live from the Pew videos check out our Youtube Channel “Mountain Fruit Folklore Centre.”


Announcements for the New Year

Thursday, January 19th, 2017

Mountain Fruit Folklore Centre is now open regular shop hours. Tuesday-Saturday 10-5

The first important announcement is that our phone number has changed! You can reach us at 1-250-544-1598, or Toll-Free at 1-877-220-0329. We do apologize for this inconvenience we are hoping to be back to our original local phone number as soon as possible.

And second, We would like to publicly acknowledge and celebrate apprentice Kevin John, his progress and contributions to the Mountain Fruit vision. Kevin has been with us for 2 years now, working in the shop on customer’s instruments, restorations, and working and maintaining the storefront. He recently finished a period under a grant from the Kyuquot-Checleset First Nations Band (many, many thanks to them!). Kyuquot-Checleset assisted Kevin for six months in funding his training in the art of lutherie under mentor and shop owner Jeremy Behn. We look forward to many more months working together. This New Year will see us taking new steps forward as we are in the midst of building an electric guitar each right from scratch.


See you next year! Holiday Hours

Saturday, December 24th, 2016

Mountain Fruit Folklore Centre will be closed from now, Christmas Eve till Tuesday Jan 10th, 2017 to allow for inventory. The Mtn Fruit staff wish you ease and peace spent with loved ones every day! And Christmas too!

We’ll see you in the New Year, it’s been a pleasure helping with musical journeys and we really do appreciate the support!


Signs of Snow and Christmas Special!

Saturday, November 5th, 2016

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It’s just not christmas for most Canadians until it snows and we weren’t sure it was going to happen in Kaslo before St Nick arrived this year. But it did, and the beautiful, peaceful quiet is upon us again. The skates and skis are out and slowly we are adapting to the cold. Which reminds me, high pressure, low temp weather, such as we are experiencing now, is a time to think about protecting your stringed instruments from low humidity damage. Pop into the shop if you need some pointers.

Also, if you have some musicians on your  Christmas list take note! From now until December 31st you will save 10% on all orders from our web store. At check out simply enter Merry Xmas in the discount field.

 


Kaslo Guitar Fest Student TJ

Thursday, September 1st, 2016

Here’s an excerpt from a beautiful performance done by TJ, a student of Kaslo’s 4th Annual GuitarFest. TJ is playing a 19th Century piece on this 19th Century replica by Instruments of Change, Jeremy Behn. The guitar was also used as part of the GuitarFest’s presentation at the Langham Theatre on the history of the classical guitar.  Jeremy presented his hand built 19th Century guitar replica alongside other 19th Century guitars that esteemed players and historians Daniel Bolshoy and Murray Visscher displayed and performed on.

Plans are available to build your own 19th Century Guitar here!


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 www.fortheloveoffreya.ca


May Days Sale!

Wednesday, May 18th, 2016

Maydays Poster 2016

Hey folks, it’s that time of year again, Kaslo is about to swell with the exciting events of MayDays and the Mtn Fruit is clearing out old stock with sale prices. Come in and see what’s here or just to say hello!


Sebastien Dufour and Small World Project

Wednesday, April 6th, 2016

Sebastien Dufour played the Langham recently with his comrades, Small World Project, and was kind enough to demonstrate the new Cordoba Mini for us. These instruments are fantastic travel guitars, their main assets being; a fingerboard wide enough to use effectively (unlike Guileles), excellent tone and projection for a body this size and 2 sets of strings available; one to allow for optimum tone tuned a 4th above std tuning and one to allow playing at std pitch.

The first piece played is an original flamenco called ‘Tarantos’ followed by an arrangement of a piece called ‘Manha de Carnaval’.

Don’t miss this fabulously creative trio next time they pass thru your town!

Thx Sebastien

 


Bridges Home duo from Idaho

Saturday, March 19th, 2016

Gracious thank you to friends Dave and Tami Gunter from Sandpoint, Idaho. They took time out of their business (organizing over one hundred kids music parts for their school musical!) and pleasure (soaking at Ainsworth Hotsprings) trip to play us a tune ‘From the Pew’ at Mtn Fruit.


Grit Laskin, Jeremy Eisenhauer and Mini Condensers!

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016

Mini CondLocal singer/songwriter Jeremy Eisenhauer showed up the other day with a handmade guitar by none other than Canadian Luthier Icon Grit Laskin. Beautiful sounding guitar which we attempted to amplify in a way that does it’s tone justice. What we came up with is relatively faithful to the guitar and reasonably affordable, at least when you compare to something like the very popular DPA D-Vote mini condenser. Our configuration actually uses a the D-Vote guitar clamp which I have to say is very well conceived but to it we have clamped an Audix Micro-HP mini condenser. Perhaps not the holy grail of setups but it went together reliably and the sound is most definitely pleasing! Have a listen;

 


Happy New Year!

Monday, January 25th, 2016

Happy New Year

We’ve been back at it for awhile now, after our christmas break, and are finally getting our ecommerce platform to a functioning state. Please click on the shop link and have a look, we are adding product weekly, your feedback is welcome!

 


Right hand man on a sojourn!

Friday, November 13th, 2015

Kevin John who has been apprenticing in repair with Mtn Fruit and also manning the storefront while I had some much needed time off has embarked on another journey for the winter! He’s off to Vancouver Island to find his fortune or whatever comes his way. We’ve grown fond of having Kevin on our team and will miss him but wish him well on his adventure.

 

 


A Change in the Season

Tuesday, September 8th, 2015

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As of Tuesday September 15 The Music Shop hours are:

Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm.

Thank you for an excellent summer!


Music Store Closed August 21st and 22nd

Wednesday, August 19th, 2015

The Music Store will be closing this coming Friday to pack up for a market booth on Saturday at Nimble Fingers Bluegrass and Old Time Music Festival. Jeremy and Kevin will be departing Friday night, with a full load of instruments, strings and accessories, to Sorrento, B.C. for a Saturday of music and laughs. See you next Monday!

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Brian DenHertog – New Song Live from Mountain Fruit

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

Brian DenHertog performs an original song, Bridesville Cemetery Road, Live from the Pew. Brian is shown playing an Eastman 00 with a solid Adirondack Spruce top. Beautiful music, beautiful guitar. Thank you Brian!


May Days Sale 2015

Friday, May 15th, 2015

Come and visit over the MayDays long weekend and take advantage of our annual MayDays sale and spring clearance!


No mothers?! Mothers day coming!!

Saturday, May 2nd, 2015

John Kestalic visited the shop awhile ago but I thought now would be a good time to post his visit due to the unusual name of the band he and his brother have formed. ‘No Mothers’ is comprised of two brothers (John and Tony) who both play viola and sing! Story I recall is they had a rule as youngsters that when they disagreed they couldn’t use mom to settle there differences or take sides! Super nice guy with a beautiful handmade viola by Chris Sandvoss who lives in the foothills of Alberta.

 


Until Red on the Pew

Monday, March 30th, 2015

These fine young fellows (and they did seem young) from Brandon, MB played us a song on a brief visit to the Mtn Fruit the other day. Lovely blend of voices and infectious positive energy. Roman is playing a handmade drum from Bill Machuga of Gold Line drums in Kelowna, Liam, a used Vantage acoustic bass and Dillon, one of the new Eastman 00 models with Adirondack spruce top. All currently available at the Mtn Fruit.


Jeff Lang gives 1967 Gibson a workout

Sunday, October 26th, 2014

Slide player Jeff Lang knows his music and he knows his guitars. We had a great chat about both and he applied the requisite technique to the 1967 Gibson for sale in the shop right now. The result was impressive and he was impressed. In his words this Gibson is a very nice players guitar with near perfect neck angle, action and tone but not a collectors guitar. As in not mint condition, a few rough spots but nothing major, functional or structural.

 


Eastman Archtop’s new owner

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

Accomplished multi-instrumentalist Marty Hamilton tries out his new Eastman AR 810CE before taking it home! Apologies for the background noise.

 


Not ready for a Sitar?

Monday, July 21st, 2014

How about a Dulsitar?

Recently did a project for Nelson based accomplished musician Andrew Ross. Andrew asked for a left handed dulcimer on a guitar body with some sitar overtones. Only the two plain steel octave strings have the Jawari effect.

We found this reasonably priced and intriguing Del Oro at one of my favourite used guitar sites called Antebellum Instruments for the project.

Andrew kindly posted a YT video of some inspired playing that arose shortly after he received the modified 1940’s Kay.


Moyo Marimba plays at Kuimba Choir concerts!

Friday, May 30th, 2014

If you’ve never seen a marimba band playing instruments they’ve made and you like to dance, now’s your chance!

Karen Behns fantastic community choir will be performing in Argenta tonight at 7:30 at the Argenta Hall and Tomorrow night, Sat the 31’st of May at the United Church in Kaslo, also at 7:30pm.

Moyo Marimba will perform somewhere in the middle of their performance to give the choir a break, see you there!


We do custom pickguards!

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

 

 

This client doesn’t like the traditional raised pick guards and associated hardware found on many mandolins. So we installed a faux tortoise shell directly onto the surface of his Eastman MD 505 A-style Mandolin in classic sunburst. Happy to say there was no significant affect on the tone of the instrument and he was pleased with the function and the aesthetic of the pickguard!

The top was refinished on this 70’s Gibson below (at the request of the owner!) and we used a clear pick guard to replace the original which had left a patch underneath that wasn’t so UV affected. Overall a neat effect as it looks as though the pick guard is made of the same wood as the top just a slightly different hue.

Gibson J-50


Annual May Days Sale

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

While you are taking in another fantastic Kaslo May Days come and visit Mtn Fruit for discounts on quality stringed instruments! This is our 3rd annual May Days sale and we enjoy a visit and chat from new and returning customers.


LR Baggs violin pickup

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

LR Baggs Violin Bridge

We stock and install the popular LR Baggs Violin Bridge Pickup. Getting the most (tone production) out of any violin bridge requires proper fitting and carving of the bridge to your specific instrument. The bridges come as an oversize blank as seen in the photo below. Getting a perfect mate between the feet and violin top as well as correct thicknessing and bridge location are critical to good tone production.

This is especially true for the LR Baggs Superieur Despiau bridge with pick up as an integral part of the bridge. They are expected to perform acoustically and amplified, a bit of a compromise but fitted correctly they are certainly the choice of many violinists and produce enjoyable results in both realms.


Back to work and busy!

Friday, January 24th, 2014

Well, for reasons unknown to myself, January is always busy in the repair shop. Thus my lack of attention to the digital realm. Many interesting projects and repairs in the shop right now and with a few more tweaks to the website I hope to share more of what happens in the back room at Mtn Fruit. Thought I would share a photo of this well loved Gibson J-40, almost looks sandblasted around the pick guard, still sounds great and is played regularily!

 


Happy Christmas from the Mtn Fruit Staff

Sunday, December 22nd, 2013

Will be closed till Jan 3rd. Taking a much needed rest but must apologize for stating in the Valley Voice that I would be open on Christmas Eve till 3pm, I won’t!

See you in the New Year, thx for your support!


Adam Ruzzo

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

Adam casually wandered into the shop a few weeks ago and we hit it off immediately through our mutual love of all things Canadian. Especially the landscape and folk music.

Since winning the FCMF National Guitar Competition in 2010 at Montreal,QC Adam has turned his attention to solo paddle trips in Algonquin Park, Ontario. This park inspired many a painting from the ‘Group of Seven’ and Adam has followed in their footsteps composing original sketches on guitar and choreographing these compositions with film footage from his sojourns. The result is an ethereal beauty that immediately finds a place in the mystery of your adventurous, Canadian heart!

Thanks for sharing your creative energy Adam and we look forward to your upcoming winter album for which I know you are receiving great inspiration and suitable low temperatures in Yellowknife, NWT at present!

Check out Adams CD below and also the Adam Ruzzo’s Facebook for more info.

The guitar Adam is playing is a Cordoba C7 with Euro Spruce top and Indian Rosewood back and sides which can be played and purchased at Mtn Fruit.

You can also listen to this interview and more on Radio Free Kaslo with Randy Morse.


One Voice Concert with Cara Luft, Michael Kevin Jones and Karen Behn

Friday, December 6th, 2013

This will be a fantastically eclectic concert merging some world class talent and completely diverse music genres. Collaborating on original and known music will be;

Reknowned Cellist, Michael Kevin Jones,

Juno award winning folksinger, Cara Luft,

And Kaslo’s own Kuimba Choir director, Karen Behn!

Join us, please, at 7pm tonight (Dec 6th), at the United Church in Kaslo for a skilled, musical and creative journey.

 


Stanley Triggs

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

Stanely wandered into my shop back in early October I think, took me awhile to get to this post! He left me with some CD’s which he says were 10 years in the making. All original mandolin tunes (on a Neopolitan mandolin his father acquired in Kaslo I believe) about his time working and exploring as a young man at the North end of Kootenay Lake.

He lives in Montreal now(most of his kids, raised in Montreal, have moved to the Kootenays) but grew up around Nelson and worked in the Lardeau and Duncan Lake area as a young man. His father, William Triggs was the purser on the sternwheeler SS Moyie for a time in the early 1900’s. He returns every year to spend time at his cabin in Meadow creek and this year was working on reclaiming an old indian trail on the North side of Hammill Creek.

Thank you for sharing your music and stories Stanley!


Music Restoration Project

Friday, October 18th, 2013

Neil Johnson and Louis Bockner are the spark behind MRP. Although I would say, and I think Neil and Louis would agree, it’s ‘all of us’ who are creating the MRP. Universal consciousness in action, illuminated daily in the ordinary magic of people expressing themselves through music and other existential musings looking for a voice.

Here is an MRP clip featuring myself, Jeremy Behn, touching on the reincarnation aspect of helping souls inhabit or extend themselves into the vessels we know as musical instruments, one aspect of what I do at the Mountain Fruit Folklore Centre.

 

The work these two are doing is full of passion and inspiration. Their dedication to quality with regards to video/audio and attention to artistic detail is remarkable. It’s film like these two are creating that inspires us to make change in our lives and let that change ripple and overlap into the change of others.

View their first music video;

And go to their Indiegogo page if you’d like to support their project, it’s worth it!

 


Oberon Guitar Trio

Monday, September 30th, 2013

I’ve never heard this trio but it sounds as though they easily invoke medieval romance or a trip to the outermost moon of Uranus. I’m predicting another world class concert put on by the Kaslo Concert Society.

Friday, October 4, 2013, 7:30 pm St. Andrew’s United Church, Kaslo, BC.


Jim Van Horns; History of Country Music-Pt 5

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

Jim Van HornThe poster shows the way but let me say; Jim is a true resource on the history of these ‘Old Tyme Music’ genre’s. He is featured weekly on Kootenay Co-op Radio with his show, ‘Liner Notes‘ and always has some rare and intersting songs and info from long ago. It’s a history lesson with someone who is passionate about the music he likes! I might add that he has a wonderful radio voice and endearing stage personna in just being himself, this Capitol Theatre show will be a cozy, funfilled afternoon.

That’s Jim on the left being interviewed by Randy Morse of Radio Free Kaslo about his upcoming show. This interview should be broadcast on Friday, October 4th, 11am on Kootenay Coop Radio.


Saskia and Darrel

Saturday, September 21st, 2013

I took in Saskia Overbeek and Darrel Delaronde’s show for a second time in around a year I’d say. Previously at the Langham and this time at the United Church yesterday evening. As husband and wife they have a wonderful rappore on stage and don’t hesitate to throw in a little gender humour. They’re both great storytellers in song and in between songs. Comfortable Canadiana at it’s best! Next year we’ll be sure to corner them for a Radio Free Kaslo interview.


Langham founder plays the Langham

Friday, September 20th, 2013

Michael Guthrie will be performing his eclectic mix of music at the Langham on Sat, Sept 21 at 7:30pm. If you don’t know Michael, visit his website, to find out more about his spearheading the rescue of the very theatre he will be performing in, which took place more than 30 yrs ago! You can also find out more about Michaels musical journey on Radio Free Kaslo’s May 24th show. Only musician I’ve ever seen play ‘Shortnin’ Bread’ on a 2 stringed rebec derived from the arabic rebab, I’ve been learning lots about stringed instrument history from Michael on his visits to Mtn Fruit, thanks Michael!


The Kaslo Institute-Demystified!

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

Kaslo resident Randy Morse (host of Radio Free Kaslo) has a beautiful, cooperative, sustainable and exciting vision for the Community of Kaslo and surrounding area. Come and learn more about this vision Thurs, Sept 19th, 7pm @ the Langham Theatre.

 

 


Mr Mojo interview and concert

Monday, September 9th, 2013

Here is a few minutes of footage featuring Randy Morse interviewing Morien Jones just before his Childrens CD Release Party. The event was well attended despite a few drops of rain and I highly recommend anyone with or without kids make an effort to catch Morien live. Moriens music is very strong rythmically and both kids and adults can’t stay still when he plays. Love your music Mojo!

 


CD Release Party for Morien Jones!

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

Morien Jones is a dear friend and wonderful musician who has a gift for connecting with, and enjoying children just as they are! As gifted as he is he has worked tirelessly on all of his musical skills, whether it be performing, recording or songwriting. This is his first full length CD of music for children. Come on out and have a short rest on Sat, Sept 7th from 1-2 PM on the lawn of the Kemball Ctr, while the kids follow the piper!


KIRBY SEWELL

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

Blues singer Kirby Sewell (pronounced soul) from Calgary visited Mtn Fruit yesterday for an Radio Free Kaslo interview. Kirby played Kaslo Jazzfest in 2012 and was well recieved. Without giving too much of the interview away Kirby loves to laugh and talk about the business side of music. Look for Kirby’s interview at Nirvanna Chronicles in the coming weeks.


Market booth at Nimble Fingers

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

On Saturday Aug 24th I attended the Nimble Fingers Concert with a market booth. Met lot’s of fine folks and heard some great music. I also had the pleasure of meeting Mike and Annie of Clawhammer Press in Fernie, BC. Mike is the creator of the beautiful poster for Nimble Fingers which is printed on ‘turn of the century’ letter press equipment! Love what you are doing Mike!


Ron Wall and Liz Lupton

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

Ron Wall and Liz Lupton from Penticton have been visiting Kaslo area on and off for years. Liz plays in the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra and together they teach violin to kids in their program called ‘fiddlekidz’. They play wonderfully together and enjoy playing for others. They have collaborated on a wonderful beginners fiddle book for kids and adults alike with original mountain paintings by Ron and are in the process of writing a second book. I will post some photo details about the book in the coming weeks and the book can be purchased from Mtn Fruit. We are planning to have Ron back in the fall to teach an introduction to the hammered dulcimer.

 


Kaslo’s 120th Birthday

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

Every year the Village of  Kaslo has a small birthday party on the lawn of the Kemball Memorial Centre (right below the window of Mtn Fruit). There was cake, shade, speeches, social cheeriness amongst a small crowd and this year a live performance from Ron Wall and Liz Lupton from Pentiction. Liz plays violin and Ron plays fiddle, hammered dulcimer, harp and I am sure a few other instruments as well. Thanks to Liz and Ron for their short notice ‘goodwill to Kaslo performance’, I’m sure they would be welcomed here anytime!


LIVE; FROM MOUNTAIN FRUIT FOLKLORE CENTRE

Friday, August 9th, 2013

 

As seen on the poster a few days ago in front of Mtn Fruit, local band the Lichens hosted and collaborated with the Slocan Ramblers in a small lawn concert. The sun was pushing everyone to the one corner of shade but the show went on. This is the first of a series of outdoor concerts coordinated by Mtn Fruit and Radio Free Kaslo, stay tuned for the next date and enjoy this new tune from SR written while visiting Kaslo and titled ‘Coffee Creek’!


Slocan Ramblers with Lichens outdoor concert!

Saturday, August 3rd, 2013

Come out and visit with the Slocan Ramblers, all the way from Toronto, and local band The Lichens. They’ll play some tunes together and apart in the noonday sun on the green, green grass of…..the Kemball Centre! Wednesday, August 7th at 3pm, see you there.


Slocan Ramblers visit

Thursday, August 1st, 2013

Torontos Slocan Ramblers were in Mtn Fruit for a Radio Free Kaslo interview and performed two songs. One of which was a new arrangement of an old song titled “ramblin sailor”. Magic to hear such beautiful music in such an intimate setting. These young lads make it look easy but to my ears they are all masters and real craftsmen in the musical sense of the word. Unpretentious and sensitive to the details that take take us deeper into the listening journey.

Thanks for sharing guys!


Margaret from Israel

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

Margaret, the gypsy from Israel, wandered into the store after following others to a purported ‘Rainbow Gathering’ in Meadow Creek, BC. The gathering never happened but Margaret stuck around Kaslo a few days and sang some songs for me in the shop. Her travelling guitar had been backed over by a truck while she was picking fruit in the Okanagan so I gifted her a ukelele that  needed a home. She had a lovely voice and some lovely songs, made a little money busking and then moved on! But not before an interview with ‘Radio Free Kaslo’ from the pew at Mtn Fruit.


Seal Skull Hammer

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

These country bumpkins, Darrin Herting, Alton Gowan and John Flemming, hail from Salmon Arm, BC and put on a good ol show with lots of banter. They got some funky tenor banjos, nice harmonies and a washtub bass (aka gut bucket). Very amicable hillbillys! Go see em whenever they’re in yer neck of the woods, we hope to have em back real soon!


Buckman Coe and Rika

Monday, June 24th, 2013

Buckman Coe and his friend Rika dropped by Mtn Fruit for a chat and some tunes yesterday. They are on a fundraising tour for the Dogwood Initiative’s efforts to stop proposed plans for the Enbridge pipeline and increased tanker traffic on BC’s coast, power to them! Rika is accompanying Buckman with his beautiful oceanscape art and together they are a very soulful team! Hope to see them again soon. In the photo, from left to right are Buckman, Randy (our intrepid Radio Free Kaslo host) and Rika. Doesn’t matter how you arrange their names, you’ve always got a band name.

 


Mtn Fruit May Days Sale!

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

Our 2nd annual May Days Sale!

How much can you afford to save? Is what my mother used to ask me when we were looking at more spending to save money, the classic paradox.

Oh well, at least stop by and say hello, that’s worth plenty to us!


Christina Martin and Dale Murray

Monday, May 6th, 2013

These two played a concert at the Bluebelle Bistro on Friday night that I wish I had been at. The song, The Promise, is what they sang during an interview on the Pew at MtnFruit and had me close to tears and lamenting a missed performance. Christina and Dale share a creative intimacy that is rare and beautiful.

Dale Murray, an accomplished Nova Scotia musician, accompanied his wife Christina Martin on copy of a 19th Century guitar made by Jeremy Behn.

I’d wish these two luck but they don’t need any, the next step is the path they’re on!

We have Christinas latest CD, Sleeping With a Stranger, for purchase at the Mtn Fruit.

 


Michael Kevin Jones

Sunday, April 28th, 2013

Cellist, Michael Kevin Jones played a wonderful concert on Friday night past at the United Church as part of the Kaslo Concert Societies 2013 program.

It doesn’t matter whether the program is familiar, as with his Bach solo repertoire or unfamiliar, as with the rediscovered Rodrigo solo cello piece, when someone plays with the emotional intensity and skill that Michael does one can’t help but be transported into another world called the beautiful present.


Rick Scott on ‘The Pew’

Sunday, April 21st, 2013

Rick wandered into Mtn Fruit the day before he played two wonderful concerts at the Langham on April 20th. He had a look on his face as if he had just opened the door into Narnia, a ‘what is this place?’ kind of look.

He chatted about the usual musician on the road ponderings; espresso machines that reveal themselves through a small door in the back of your double bass, kids who laugh at fart jokes, adults who laugh at fart jokes, you know how it goes.

Thanks for sharing yourself Rick, and thanks to Valley for getting him to the shows on time!


Jeff Pike and Windborn

Saturday, April 6th, 2013

I have seen Jeff play a few times now and he really has a unique sound. Certainly rhythm features prominent in his all original songs but it’s such an intense, strong, driving rhythm that nods back to his metal roots. Combined with his raspy, dreamlike vocals he gets you into a trance like state, like listening to good electronica played live on an acoustic guitar. Jeff bought a hammered dulcimer by Dusty Strings on this visit to Mtn Fruit and I can’t wait to hear how he incorporates it into his music!


Cara Luft

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

Cara is the first musician to be officially interviewed live ‘from the pew’ at Mtn Fruit by Randy Morse of Radio Free Kaslo. I don’t work as a travelling musician but I can safely say from meeting, watching and listening to Cara that she is the consummate professional. She works tirelessly on every aspect of her career as a singer/songwriter. It’s easy to tell she loves what she does and it’s humbling to see how much energy she devotes to her passion. She played a fantastic and lively rendition of ‘The Cockney and the Ploughboy’ for us and we look forward to having Cara back in Kaslo soon! You can purchase Cara’s latest CD, Darlingford, at the Mtn Fruit.


Daniel Bolshoy

Saturday, February 9th, 2013

 

Classical guitarist Daniel Bolshoy visited the shop briefly after playing a concert the night before with Jasper Woods at the Kaslo United Church. This unforgettable concert was intense, beautiful and humorous.

Their concert and several others per year of this calibre are arranged by the Kaslo Concert Society.

Rumour has it that Daniel will be visiting in the summer for a masterclass teaching workshop, stay tuned!


Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra

Saturday, February 2nd, 2013

On January 30th,TMO played at the BlueBelle Bistro in Kaslo, BC. Fantastic show of the usual intimate nature.

Sweet natured set of fellas, including the accordion player, who, as you can see here, is a real leprauchan.

I took this photo during a visit to Mtn Fruit, in which the permanent glow of sharing their music is witnessed, as well as Ian, the accordion player, asking Kurt, the guitar player, why the rest of the band is out of focus. Leprauchan phenomena I reckon.


Michael Guthrie

Saturday, November 10th, 2012

A few days after David Woodhead was in Mtn Fruit, Seattle based musician Michael Guthrie was in for a visit. Michael was instrumental in saving the Langham Theatre and ran the The Village Green cafe with his wife Dare in the 70’s. You can read a little about these endeavours on Michaels website.

Michael remembered taking a bass lesson with David Woodhead and the ‘Island’ benefit concert for the Langham at the Kaslo arena.

 

 


David Woodhead

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

Kaslo FairBass player and multi-instrumentalist David Woodhead visited Mtn Fruit after his show at the Langham Theatre with James Keelaghan on Nov 1st. If you visit his website you will find an amazing list of musicians that David has played with.

Turns out this was his first time back to Kaslo since 1978 when he played a benefit for saving the Langham in a band called ‘Island’. During his visit in 1978 he took several roles of black and white photos, some of which can be seen on Davids website. David very kindly donated a copy of all his photos to the Kootenay Lake Archives Society. Swell guy with some great stories. Helped enhance my limited understanding of an almost mythical time in Kaslo from my perspective. An influx of young families, Bruce Cockburn jamming at The Village Green cafe, saving the Langham and much more!


Maria in the Shower

Monday, October 15th, 2012

On Friday October 12th, Maria in the Shower played a sold out fantastic show at the Langham Theatre in Kaslo, BC.

I met Maria at the Folklore Centre last year but this was my first chance to see them live. What fantastic showmen, true entertainers, who have crafted some wonderful music. To find out more visit their website.

On their most recent visit to Mtn Fruit we had a fun photo with newly acquired golf clubs from the thrift store in Kaslo. Always good to take time off and hit the links while on tour!


New Kootenays Music Shop opens during Kaslo Jazzfest!

Monday, August 1st, 2011

Elf LogoMOUNTAIN FRUIT FOLKLORE CENTRE

On July 29th 2011, resident Luthier Jeremy (who builds instruments under the name Instruments of  Change) Behn opened Canadas smallest music shop in the ‘Old Gov’t Building’ in Kaslo, BC.

The storefront is an expansion of his stringed instrument repair business that has been active for several months now. The Mtn Fruit repairs most stringed instruments including the violin family and is currently selling D’addario strings, new instruments from Goldtone and consignment instruments of all types.

Heartfelt thanks to my 9 yr old son, Jordan, for contributing his elf drawing for the Mtn Fruit logo. As well, to my 5 yr old son, Chase, for helping rip up the old carpet/linoleum floor to reveal some beautiful doug fir T&G, and to my wife, family and friends for supporting this venture. Come and visit!