By Joe Barkovich, Scribbler-at-large
WELLAND – Tickets are still available for the Kindred concert this Saturday, December 10, at Welland Community Wellness Complex theatre.
“We are all looking forward to the performance. We love playing in that theatre,” said Joni Romano, a member of the group with a large local following. “We are working on getting the stage area to look good too.”
We caught the Kindred show last December and left upbeat and full of good vibes, one of the reasons we are going back for this weekend’s with friends in tow.
If last year’s is any indication, rest assured you can expect a sensory treat from this talented group of musicians and vocalists.
Romano told me recently to be prepared for a rich cross-section of music from various genres. This would include: melodic and humorous Celtic tunes, folk story songs, gospel, bluegrass, country and Cajun. Of course, a few spiritual and secular Christmas season songs will also be part of the show.
The group’s name should be a give-away that its members are related. Kindred consists of: David (guitars, mandolin) and Joni Romano (mandolin, guitars, percussion, pennywhistle) David’s sister Darlene Romano (guitars, mandolin, banjo), Ken Elder (bass) and his wife Amy (keyboard) and newest member Wayne Meehan (drums). As Joni pointed out, all the members are harmony vocalists and take turns with lead vocals.
The lead-in Saturday evening will be a recorded narration that explains the diversity, the traditions and the cultural heritage of the music and lyrics – perhaps best described as a sharing of roots and routes. Be prepared for stops in places like the Appalachians, the Louisiana bayou and Acadia, among others – and what a treat they are sure to be. It’s a Musical Journey not to be missed!
Romano also said some consideration is being given to doing two performances a year, perhaps one in spring and one in November/December.
“If we think the interest is there, then we would venture into that. We have so much material that we really only get to do the tip of the iceberg in one show… So we could do a lot of different material if we had a second concert. Anyway, we will see…..” If you’re a Kindred follower, I have the feeling you’re hoping the answer is in the affirmative!
Tickets for Saturday evening are available at the Wellness Centre office, at $12 for passholders and $15 for non-passholders.
More Kindred information is available at the website, www.kindred7.com