Move over, Motown
A lot of would-be singers get their start covering the massive discography known as Motown.
That was the story of the Chantrelles two years ago, when the eight-piece band based in Victoria started to make a name for itself.
Then, following a change in lead singer, the Chantrelles decided it was time
to make its own music, said Erin Dwyer.
So, when the band takes the stage at Riverside Park on Saturday, July 14, sure, it will do some Motown, but it will mainly be original music.
As Dwyer puts it:
“Spending an evening with The Chantrelles, you’ll hear early-1970s funk bumping up against old-school twist tunes, with a late-1950s R&B-style ballad here and there.
“Of course, we still mix it up with the classics you can’t dance without but, once your body’s moving, you’ll be hard-pressed to tell the difference between the original hits and The Chantrelles’ own creations.”
The eight — Adam Martin, Barb Merrick, Chance Lovett, Emily Kells, Andy Bishop, Alias Powell, Erin Dwyer and Scott Raddysh — are working on a seven-inch vinyl that will have one song on each side.
They also have almost enough material for a complete recording, Dwyer said, something that’s also in the plans.
It’s their first time performing in Kamloops. Dwyer has relatives in the River City who told her about Music in the Park’s nightly concert series.
The band takes the stage at 7 p.m.