Comox Valley musical duo offering fundraising concert

The Great Plains (also known as Saskia and Darrel) offer a fundraiser Concert for Stepping Stones Recovery House for Women on March 10.

SASKIA AND DARREL are now known as The Great Plains.

The Great Plains (also known as Saskia and Darrel) offer a fundraiser Concert for Stepping Stones Recovery House for Women on March 10.

Darrel spent his first 17 years on the northern Prairies, while Saskia’s lineage is from generations of flatland Dutchmen, so something about wide vistas and big-sky landscapes infuses their art and inspires their writings.

In the middle of March, just about the time the great trumpeter swans fly away to their summer ranges, so are these songbirds off to their seasonal habitat; the open road, big skies, and rooms full of friends and laughter on their travels.

They have toured extensively with Juno Award winners Gary Fjellgaard and Valdy, and have notables like Daniel Powter, Darby Mills, Steve Dawson, Bill Hicks (Powder Blues), and Nolan Murray (Tiller’s Folly) appearing on their 10 CDs.

They still enjoy abundant airplay on CBC and many indie radio stations around the world.

Saskia and Darrel always combine their concert with an awarenss campaign for a local organization that needs help for you. They  to raise some awareness and funds for Stepping Stones Recovery House for Women through this concert.

Stepping Stones is a three-month residential program that offers women who are caught in the destructive cycle of substance dependence/abuse.

Stepping Stones provides a safe and supportive environment for up to six residents where women are presented with a program that is designed to provide the life skills that will enable them to discover personal freedom and empowerment to break the destructive life pattern of addiction.

Stepping Stones is a grassroots organization. It was birthed in 2008 out of the visionary minds and hard work ethic of four committed citizens of the Comox Valley. The house relies mainly on volunteer staff and on donations and contributions from the community.

Their goal is to continue to grow and build this community-based non-profit society so we can continue to build a stronger community one person at a time.

The spring farewell concert by the Great Plains happens this Sunday at 3 p.m. at the lovely landmark Old Church Theatre in Courtenay at 775  Harmston Ave.

Tickets are at Blue Heron Books in Comox or at the Courtenay Alano Club at 543 Sixth St. For more information, call 250-898-7588.

— The Great Plains

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