Submitted by Kathy Ferguson
Fans of acoustic music are in for a rare treat when the acclaimed duo Growling Old Men appear in concert at the Edgewater Community Hall at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, October 11th. The Growling Old Men, made up of John Lowell, guitar and vocals, and Ben Winship, mandolin and vocals, are returning to the Columbia Valley for the first time in seven years.
“We meant to come back sooner, we had a really wonderful time here last time. I’ve been telling my wife about the really gorgeous scenery on the road from our home in Montana to the Columbia Valley, and our old friend Gord Askey showed us some wonderful fishing when we weren’t playing music,” said Mr. Lowell.
In addition to playing together as Growling Old Men, JMr. Lowell and Mr. Winship record and tour in other musical incarnations, including the John Lowell Band, Brother Mule and Kane’s River. Their roots are in bluegrass, with crossovers and influences that keep them mainly in the traditional and Americana genre. Mr. Lowell toured Holland, Germany, the Czech Republic and Switzerland for three weeks this summer, before returning home to Montana to work on some new tunes for an upcoming recording.
“There’s a huge bluegrass scene in Europe, and the folks we play to there are passionate about the music, friendly and unpretentious – much like they are here.,” Mr. Lowell commented. While John is from Montana, Ben lives in Idaho, so playing together takes a bit of coordination.
“Ben and I both have new individual albums in the works, but we never pass up a chance to play together.”
As a duo, they have played across North America and Europe, been featured on PBS and appeared on Garrison Keillor’s ‘A Prairie Home Companion’. In addition to the Edgewater show, Mr. Winship will be appearing at the ‘Gillbilly Festival’ in Fernie on September 29th.
Tickets to see Growling Old Men at the Edgewater Community Hall on Wednesday, October 11th at 7 p.m. are available at Pip’s General Store in Edgewater, or at the door. Tickets are $20 and children 12 and under are free.