Unique sounds of ‘Pretty Archie’ coming to Weyburn stage

The East Coast sounds of the group “Pretty Archie” will fill the stage at the Cugnet Centre in Weyburn on Monday, Dec. 3, a presentation of the Weyburn Concert Series.

The four-member band will play a variety of genres as they entertain with their original material, with music ranging from country and bluegrass to rock and blues, with a full range of instruments.

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“We grew up playing together,” said band member Colin Gillis, noting they decided to form their band about six years ago, and have been enjoying the tour that is currently taking them to many towns throughout Saskatchewan through OSAC (Organization of Saskatchewan Arts Councils).

“We came up the old slow way, where we played every night of the week,” he said, noting their pace is much more reasonable now, allowing the band members to spend time with family at home before going out on the road again.

Weyburn is the last date of their tour before they head back to Cape Breton Island, where they will have some shows over the holidays before they head off to a Celtic festival in Scotland in January, and later will do a tour in Australia.

The genres covered by Pretty Archie include Americana, blues, country, folk and bluegrass, and the band has released three albums so far, with their fourth due out in February, called “Hanging On”.

Gillis notes they will have advance copies of their new album at this concert, plus they will perform some of the songs from it, including their first single from the album.

“We’ve had Weyburn circled on the calendar for a while now,” said Gillis, pointing out they’ve felt at home in Saskatchewan as the friendliness of residents here reminds them strongly of home, apart from the differences in geography.

Their albums have received multiple East Coast Music Award nominations. The concert on Dec. 3 starts at 7:30 p.m., and tickets are available at Music Craft, Old Fashion Foods, or at the Weyburn Review office, with advance tickets priced at $20, or $25 at the door.