“The stars burn brighter when the sun goes down, in this one light town”
Rooted in the heart of the Kootenay Rockies, I draw my inspiration from the wild and rugged landscape that I call home.
I drive every day between the golden larch covered hills of Kimberley and the towering ponderosa pine woodlands of Cranbrook. It has been a welcome way to wake up and view the world every morning.
I pull my creative inspiration from the rivers I wade in and the small town working life I lead.
With my choice of traditional instruments, kinetic stage percussion and old-timey lyrics, I put myself into the category of authentic folk/roots, with a slight hint of bluegrass.
I have had the pleasure and privilege of playing alongside some of the best musicians in East and West Kootenay‘s. Over the years I have gained a profound amount of musical diversity from every project I have been involved with. I have developed a style that is truly unique to the woman that I have grown into.
From delicate stories of love and loss to tongue-in-cheek murder ballads to interpretive tales from my life. I write from the heart and show my true self on stage.
AKA Hot Muck
I have been learning the pedal steel guitar over the past 8 months. During that time I have had the pleasure of joining the group formally known as Hot Muck based out of Kimberley BC. Hot Muck, sometimes referred to as Alderbash, is composed of Brian Morris, Rich Krewenchik, Ryan Peterson and Sean Downey and just recently myself. We play foot stompin’ country rockin’ cover tunes for people who love to dance. I get to accompany their amazing song choices with dobro, pedal steel harmonica and add a fourth harmony to these fellas super tight vocal stacks.
Folk Roots Duo/Trio
With heart-breaking harmonies and smokin’ instrumentals, Idlewild’s unique mountain sound makes the old feel new. After playing and singing for many years with different groups in valleys and towns in the Kootenays and beyond, fate (and a little bit of luck) brought together multi-instrumentalists Heather Gemmell (guitar, dobro, banjo), Keith Larsen (guitar, mandolin) and Lindsay Cuff (fiddle, banjo). With their original tunes, oldtimey classics, murder ballads and bluegrass standards, Idlewild would leave you longing for more.
The Rosie Brown Band
Roots, Bluegrass, Folk
Talented, lively, vivacious, full of fun and great music, The Rosie Brown Band featured five of the best ladies of the Canadian west. Veterans of styles from rock to jazz to funk, the girls of Rosie Brown have turned a page and formed up to deliver their unique blend of traditional country and bluegrass. From toe-tapping two-beat to heartbreaking ballads, their vocals weave and caress to form a sound that is truly five-of-a-kind. And not just the vocals, make no doubt about it, the girls can play. Guitar, dobro, banjo, mandolin and stand-up bass lay down a solid,driving background for their vocal talents.
Heather Gemmell and the Peaks
This was Heathers first rock band back in her bluesy days. A high energy band with the very talented, Brian Noer, Paul Bouchard and Ray Gareau helping her early songs come alive.