ABOUT JAKE VAADELAND &
THE STURGEON RIVER BOYS ...
18 year old Jake Vaadeland is a self taught multi-instrumentalist and songwriter from Saskatchewan, Canada. His traditional sound and unique style could be defined as a blend of Bluegrass and 50s Rockabilly, with Jake also specializing on guitar and banjo in addition to his impressive vocals. Jake strives to write and play with a focus on storytelling and messages that he hopes his audience can relate to, all packaged in foot stomping, high energy performances with The Sturgeon River Boys.
“He cut a foppish figure and seemed to have stepped right off of a Greyhound Scenic Cruiser double-decker bus, fresh from the fertile plains of Saskatchewan, bound for Music City with a pocket full of songs, a guitar, and the dog-eared stub of a one-way ticket. Jake had just enough attitude to let you know that he wasn’t kidding…a healthy dose of bravado and svelte, and a double dose of knowing who he was and where he wanted to go while working out for himself how to get there.”
– Mississippi Chris Sharp, The Bluegrass Standard, Rancho Mirage, California
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WADE FEHR FEATURING CHORD
Wade Fehr has been performing around Saskatchewan for over 20 years. Born and raised on the prairies of Saskatchewan, his song writing reflects the wide open spaces and living skies. Fehr paints a picture in his listener’s mind whilst singing the stories of his life as well as the people and places he has encountered. Playing an eclectic mix of country, blues and singer/songwriter styles he reaches a large variety of music lovers. A talented guitarist, Wade also mixes in the sounds of the harmonica and other instruments. Wade is a loving husband and father to four amazing young humans. When not playing music,Wade can be found at the fire hall or working around his family acreage. Music has always been more than a passion for Wade, but an essential part of life.
Wade’s eldest son Chord has been playing the bass clarinet for 4 years but his skill and tone far exceed those few years of practice. Chord began with this instrument in school band and more recently has been sharing the stage with his father. This has gained him musical experience that is rare for a musician his age. As a young teen he has gained a very cool first job as a paid musician. It is a mix of hard work, determination and raw talent that has earned him his spot on stage. Chord is also a talented guitar player and very involved in local musical theatre. His other interests include sports, astronomy and video games. Chord enjoys playing along side his father and together they want to share their love for music with others!
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