Trio kicks off concert series
Wednesday, Sep 24, 2014 08:28 am
The sweet harmony of three soulful Winnipeg women is kicking off the 2014-’15 schedule of a popular foothills concert series this weekend.
Sweet Alibi’s Jessica Rae Ayre, Michelle Anderson and Amber Quesnel are performing their blended array of folk, roots, country, soul and pop music through the Beneath the Arch Concert Series at the Flare ‘n’ Derrick Community Hall in Turner Valley on Sept. 27 at 7:30 p.m.
When Suzanne Searle, the series’ vice president and selections committee chairperson, saw the trio on stage for the first time she knew they would be perfect for the concert series.
“They caught my interest right away because they write their own music and they’re an interesting mix of soul, pop and roots,” she said. “Their genre of music is very different compared to straight up roots. They were very unique and they write very good original music. It’s something new and interesting and different.”
Searle said she was impressed with the group’s incredible sound and ability to play a variety of instruments.
“They all sing and have very unique and soaring harmonies,” she said. “Their voices blend beautifully.”
Sweet Alibi’s 2013 10-track album We’ve Got To was picked up on CBC Radio 2 and remained in the top 20 for about two months.
The trio traveled several months over the last few years to get their sound known among Canadian music lovers.
“We’ve done a few western Canadian tours and we always pass through Alberta,” Ayre said. “We really only have three or four months of the year that we’re at home.
We did a lot of publicity and marketing for it right when we released it.”
We’ve Got To earned the trio a nomination for best vocalist of the year at the 2012 Canadian Folk Music Awards.
The band was recently nominated Best Roots Group of the Year at the 2014 Western Canadian Music Awards. The winner will be announced on Oct. 5.
Ayre said it’s hard to believe the trio came this far since it started jamming together five years ago.
It wasn’t long before Sweet Alibi got serious about their sound.
“When we started it was a thing we did on the side for fun and now it’s pretty much all we do,” she said. “Once we made our first album we realized we were making it a big part of our lives and it was what we wanted to do.”
The band began touring for months at a time across Canada and are now noticing fans singing along to the lyrics at their concerts.
Sweet Alibi’s songs are often about personal experience, whether it’s love, its career path or a family member who is battling cancer, said Ayre.
“We write about where we are at in our lives – our dynamic as a band,” she said. “We have some of the upbeat stuff like banjo, tempos and drums behind it. There’s definitely the dancing crowd that comes to our show.”
Sweet Alibi strives to expand its fan base by expanding its tours to include the United States.
“We hope in the next year to break into that market,” Ayre said. “It’s new territory so we need to see where we are best suited.”
Tickets to see Sweet Alibi perform cost $25 for adults and $10 for youth seven and up. Purchase tickets at Coyote Moon Cantina and Espresso in Turner Valley, Bluerock Gallery in Black Diamond, the Millarville General Store, Okotoks Country Florist or by calling 403-933-7040.