It seems these days the term “legendary” is tossed around as a description of any person, thing or event as casually as the young people use the word “like” or “awesome”. (“Call of Duty” is, like, so awesome it’s, like, legendary!”). However there are actually very few persons, events (or video games) that truly can be described as “legendary”.
Desert Daze is thrilled to announce that our 10th Annual festival will be graced by a Canadian musician and artist who truly does embody in every sense the status of Legend.
Gary Fjellgaard is a multi-award winning (including a Juno in 1993 as Best Country Male Vocalist and an Inductee into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame in 2005) singer/songwriter and Canadian treasure. His biography – as found on the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame – is impressive …
For more than thirty years, Gary Fjellgaard has been making a living on the road with a guitar and a song. He delights his audiences throughout North America and Europe with his masterful acoustic guitar, gentle vocals, riveting yodeling, and tales of his life in the woods. Gary takes his music to the people with a rare sincerity.
Raised in British Columbia, he paid his early career dues as a member of the West Coast Band, Evan Kemp and The Trail Riders. The award winning singer/songwriter is a champion of vanishing values, and the frontier spirit. Cattle drives, wagon treks, windswept prairies, rushing rivers and working folks with ties to the land have all been a source of inspiration for his songs. His western roots music has survived categorization, and a move to Canada’s West Coast has brought a universal quality to his songwriting.
Gary’s extensive career as a recording artist has been recognized with CCMA Awards for ‘Male Artist’, ‘Song of the Year’, ‘Single of the Year’, ‘Duo of the Year’ (with Linda Kidder) and the ‘Humanitarian Achievement Award’. In recent years, Gary has collaborated with fellow country/folk singer, Valdy, releasing the duet albums, ‘Contenders’ and ‘Contenders Two’.
Gary has played with some world class musicians over the years and still calls on them on occasion to augment his sound. His shows range from the intimacy of the small theatre to the excitement of main stage appearances at Canada’s top festivals. He looks back on a rewarding career and gratefully acknowledges the hundreds of towns and cities, and thousands of listeners who have been touched by his music.
Gary Fjellgaard performed at the very first Desert Daze Music Festival in 2009 and we can think of no greater way to commemorate our 10th year of celebrating all that is wonderful about rural BC than to have him return to share with us again his wonderful songs and stories of “cattle drives, wagon treks, windswept prairies, rushing rivers and those working folks with ties to the land”.
The 10th Annual Desert Daze Music Festival will be held on the second weekend of August (9th and 10th) in Spences Bridge, British Columbia.