Swedish duo to play Music in the Park and Roots and Blues

Martin and Adam Dimpker know the kind of reaction the audience will have when they perform this month in the area.

When they take to the Rotary Bandshell for Music in the Park on Aug. 17, people will get what they expect — easy-listening folky-pop songs the two brothers from Sweden have written through the years.

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When they go on stage later that weekend at the Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival to open for their travelling musical mate, Martin knows they’ll be surprised “because we open and it’s our music and then we become an Arkansas Delta blues band” when that other touring musician, Rev. Osagyefo Sekou, comes on.

The two acts met by accident at a music festival in Sweden. Sekou, known for his Delta blues/Memphis soul sound needed a band for his gig. The festival promoter, also manager for the brothers, knew they were versatile enough to handle that requirement.

Two days before showtime and with just one rehearsal, Sekou not only was sold on them but decided to bring the Dimpkers along with him for his Canadian tour.

For the Salmon Arm events, the brothers will be joined by a bass player and drummer “so we’ll be four Swedish dudes in their 20s” backing up songs like We Comin, In Times Like These and other songs steeped in the blues.

The brothers credit two inspirations for their musical journey that started more than a decade ago.

First there was their mom, an opera singer and church musician, who ensured all four of her children studied music.

It grabbed hold of Martin and Adam, who had their first public gig when they were 14 and 11, respectively. In the audience were people from around the area who were taken with the boys’ talent and booked them as well.

“So we had a little tour going,” Martin said, “and were playing for 10 or 15 people who had coffee and listened to us.”

Mom and dad did the chauffeuring until Martin was old enough to get his driver’s licence.

The second influencer was watching the documentary The Last Waltz, which chronicled the final public performance of The Band.

“When we watched it, we discovered what kind of music we want to make,” Martin said.

It wasn’t so much any one band in the show at San Francisco’s Winterland Ballroom that made its mark, as it was realizing “oh, you can do music like that and we can do music we want to do, as well.”

Their songwriting careers were sparked into action with Adam, more the instrumentalist, coming up with riffs and other musical moments and Martin focusing more on the lyrics.

While they have no sibling rivalry crop up when they’re touring or performing, the same is not true when they hit the soccer pitch.

“Then, it’s a real competition,” Martin said. “Fierce competition.”

The Kamloops show on Aug. 17 starts at 7 p.m.

At Roots and Blues, the brothers are on the barn stage with Rev. Sekou at 11:40 a.m., the blues stage on Aug. 18 again with Rev. Sekou at 4:15 p.m. and the next day on their own on the shade stage at 2:55 p.m.

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