The Weyburn Concert Series will present the duo of Ghostboy for their next concert performance on Wednesday, March 27 at the Cugnet Centre, starting at 7:30 p.m.
The performance is part of the 2018/2019 Stars for Saskatchewan series, presented by the Weyburn Concert Series and the Organization of Saskatchewan Arts Councils (OSAC).
Ghostboy is comprised of Denis Dufresne and Aaron Young, two multiple award-winning session and live players who first met at 19 years old and had toured the world before the age of 22.
World Instrumental Music was the genre and by the time they reached 25, had been played on every PBS station, been featured in documentaries and were part of "The Hottest Fiddle Show in the World" as dubbed by the Walt Disney Corporation.
“It’s an all-ages show, so there’ll be something there for everyone. We’re world-class instrumental players and vocalists, and it’s going to be an acoustic show,” said Dufresne, noting their music has influences from country and rock, as well as intermixing original material with covers of well-known tunes.
“We’ve been described as the Eagles meet Blue Rodeo,” said Dufresne.
Asked what some of his musical influences were, he said he enjoyed the music of those who played their own instruments as well as singing their own songs, like Merle Haggard, Glen Campbell and Waylon Jennings, as well as the Eagles and the Tedeschi Trucks Band.
For a time, the duo moved on to explore other musical passions. Aaron became a sought-after guitarist and vocalist in the jazz community in Canada and Denis became a sought-after player in the country music genre, garnering him five CCMA awards for Instrumentalist of the Year.
Together again, they are putting their superb playing, vocals and songwriting abilities together as Ghostboy.
Dufresne notes there will be lots of storytelling and jokes during the show, and the duo will have Ghostboy CDs available for those who are interested.
The tour thus far has been going well, and the Weyburn show is part of a 10-day stint around the province. Earlier, they had played for about three weeks prior to Christmas.
For anyone who would like a taste of their sound, they can go to ghostboymusic.com, or check out their videos on YouTube.
Advance tickets for the concert are available at Music Craft, Old Fashion Foods or at the Weyburn Review/This Week office. Tickets are $30 each in advance or $35 at the door for adults, and $15 for children and students in advance, or $20 at the door.