Adäka Cultural Festival Announces a Reunion Concert of the Undertakin’ Daddies
For Immediate Release - Whitehorse, YT
May 7, 2014
The Adäka Cultural Festival will culminate on a very high note this summer, with a long awaited reunion concert of one of Yukon’s all time favourite country/bluegrass bands - the Undertakin’ Daddies.
Taking place on Thursday, July 3rd at the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre, the Festival will present a double bill event featuring Winnipeg singer/songwriter Don Amero followed by a feature performance by the Undertakin’ Daddies. The reunion will bring together past band members Kevin Barr (lead vocals, guitar), Bob Hamilton (vocals, mandolin, pedal steel), and George McConkey (Vocals, harmonica/guitar) along with special guest Rob Bergman (Bass).
The Daddies first performed together at the 2000 Frostbite Music Festival in Whitehorse where they immediately captured a strong fan following. While the musicians had played together in many different bands over the years, they found their niche when they started writing and performing songs in a unique blend of country, bluegrass and western swing.
“They added a very unique twist to the bluegrass / country genre” says David Petkovich, previous manager of the Daddies. “They brought a Yukon sensi-hill-bility to their music that grabbed the attention of music festivals across the country.”
During their 7 years together, the Daddies toured extensively throughout Canada, the United States and Europe. Their first album ‘‘Post Atomic Hillbilly” was nominated for a Juno Award in the folk roots category and their second “Devil in the Rearview” for a Western Canadian Music Award in the country category. The Daddies were renowned for their tight harmonies and resonating sound, their superb songwriting and instrumental abilities, as well as their personal connection with audiences.
“We are very excited to be playing together again in our own community. Our fans have never stopped asking us to reunite – something that we feel very honored and humbled by.” Kevin Barr, Bob Hamilton & George McConkey
“We were thrilled when the Daddies agreed to reunite at the Festival” says Executive Producer Charlene Alexander. “It’s going to be an amazing evening of great music and some heel kicking dancing—no doubt! We invite the audience to arrive early and enjoy a meal along side the Yukon River. There will be two food vendors on site offering gourmet burgers and lots of other fabulous food.”
Tickets will go on sale on Saturday, June 28th at the Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre at Noon. Tickets will be $25.00 each / $12 for Seniors and Youth (limit of 8 tickets per person)
The Adäka Cultural Festival is presented by the Yukon First Nations Culture and Tourism Association (YFNCT). YFNCT is a non-profit organization that aims to help grow, promote and celebrate strong and sustainable Yukon First Nations culture and tourism sectors. Founding partner is Council of Yukon First Nations.
Our public funders include Government of Canada-CANNOR, Canadian Heritage, Canada Council for the Arts, Yukon Government and the City of Whitehorse. Program partners include Kwanlin Dün Cultural Society, Yukon Arts Centre, Yukon Electrical/ATCO, Northern Cultural Expressions Society, Skookum Jim Friendship Centre, Yukon College and Yukon Film Society.
For more information contact:
Adäka Cultural Festival