By Breanne Massey

Pioneer Staff

A 33-year-old Edmonton musician will be performing in the Columbia Valley on Easter Monday.

Jake Ian, a self-proclaimed country road troubadour, will play two sets of original music and cover songs in Radium Hot Springs between 7 and 9 p.m. at the Horsethief Creek Pub and Eatery on Monday, March 28th.

A colleague of mine played out there before and I really liked the name and history behind that place, replied Mr. Ian when asked about how the show came to fruition. The Horsethief Creek Pub sounded like a pretty cool place to play for kind of a rootsy-country singer-songwriter like myself.

He added the cameo will be his first in the Upper Columbia Valley.

I thought Id book a show there, said Mr. Ian, noting the Monday night show would be starting fairly early. Ill be doing two sets as part of my tour as a solo act mostly my original songs and Ill throw in a few covers. I like to do some Springsteen covers and some old country classics, but for the most part, I play my own songs. Im looking forward to it.

The performance that Mr. Ian has booked in Radium is one stop in a week-long tour through Alberta and B.C.

Ill be doing Edmonton, then going to Radium, Jasper, Fernie, Kimberley and Cranbrook, he explained. When I book tours, I like to have my dates nice and close to each other. Those are all in a row, which is always a bonus for travelling.

Mr. Ian began performing as a punk rock musician at a young age, but eventually graduated to performing on an acoustic guitar at a series of open mike nights, an experience that changed the way he performs and he began doing solely acoustic music as both a solo artist and with a band.There will be no cover charge to attend the show.