Roxeen Roberts and Gary Dalrymple are the talent behind Roxeen & Dalrymple from Nova Scotia. The musical duo will play Char’s Landing for the first time ever this Friday, Feb. 23 at 8 p.m. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Nova Scotia’s Roxeen & Dalrymple bring bluegrass to Char’s Landing

New duo making first appearance in Port Alberni

Nova Scotia duo Roxeen & Dalrymple bring their perfect blend of tradition and distinctive homegrown sound to Port Alberni’s Char’s Landing this Friday, Feb. 23 at 8 p.m.

Roxeen & Dalrymple may be one of the Maritime province’s newest acoustic acts, however, they are far from being new on the music scene, says Gary Dalrymple. Originally teamed together 25 years ago as bandmates of the legendary Spinney Brothers, a life of separate musical paths has brought them back together.

Roxeen & Dalrymple is a classic guitar and mandolin duet, a tour de force of vocals, rhythm and traditional melodies.

Individually the duo consists of Roxeen Roberts and Gary Dalrymple. Collectively they are highly respected, veteran musicians with impressive musical resumes. On stage, Roxeen plays guitar while Dalrymple plays mandolin, among other instruments. The pair has been reunited for the past 10 months, and although Dalrymple has been to B.C. and Vancouver Island before, it’s their first together.

“We’re really excited to be coming to Port Alberni; it’s our first tour of Vancouver Island,” Dalrymple said in a telephone interview. “I’ve never been to Port Alberni. I’ve been to the lower part of the Island—Victoria, Nanaimo, played a bluegrass festival at Sooke River. This will be a debut concert and performance in several different ways.”

Roxeen & Dalrymple are multiple East Coast Music Awards (ECMAs) nominees, Maritime Gospel Music awards (MGMA) nominees, and have won numerous Eastern Canadian Bluegrass Music Awards (ECBMAs).

They have toured coast to coast in Canada and the United States and now, after careers of extensive travel and performing and recording, the duo couldn’t be more excited as to where they have landed musically.

As Roxeen recently noted, “we honestly love and cherish the classic sounds of traditional bluegrass, country and gospel music”. They honour the music of the past yet embrace the present through their own originality.”

“A lot of people would classify us in the bluegrass genre,” Dalrymple said. They play original music, fiddle, gospel, country and folk. “It is this style of music that we are so excited to be performing. Our show includes many of the standards, however, expect to hear some of our own material, songs of course, that are heavily influenced by the music we were raised on”.

For tickets and info contact Charlene Patterson at 778-421-2427.

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