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Concert: Pharis and Jason Romero (Doors: 6:30PM / Show: 7:00PM)

August 20, 2015



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Concert: Doors open 6:30 pm, show 7:00 pm

The Grist Mill & Gardens invites you to experience an enchanted summer evening in the gardens surrounding our historic 1877 waterwheel-powered flour mill. 


Pharis & Jason have just released their third record as a duet. It’s called A Wanderer I’ll Stay, and the timing feels perfect. After their second release Long Gone Out West Blues came out in early 2013, they found themselves with a highly acclaimed album, one with a “refreshing veteran spirit”, in keeping with their love of songs new and old. Singing vibrant duets, writing heartbreaking songs, playing hand-made banjos and loving old acoustic guitars, Long Gone Out West Blues won this small town BC couple a Canadian Folk Music Award for Traditional Singer (and nominated for Traditional Album of the Year), an Independent Music Award nomination for Americana Album, and two Western Canadian Music Awards nominations. It was included on many Best of 2013 lists – including NPR Music’s Top 10 Folk & Americana releases of the year – and has been featured on NPR Music’s Favorite Sessions, Utne Magazine’s Monthly Music Sampler, and Folk Alley’s Hear It First. Now raising a family while sustaining on an ever-growing line of custom handmade banjos, Pharis and Jason have carved out new songs – heartbreak to wilderness dwellers, gourd banjo instrumentals to moaning refrains – and put their singularly recognizable stamp on some beautiful covers. A Wanderer I’ll Stay is a new step for the pair, with instrumental guests on fiddle, bass, pedal steel and even drums. Recorded at their home in Horsefly in early winter by David-Travers-Smith, this album and the live performances of the new songs are a wonderful evolution of this duo’s never-ending quest for good songs and beautiful sounds.

Their first duo record, A Passing Glimpse, earned them New/Emerging Artist of the Year at the 2012 Canadian Folk Music Awards, Americana Album of the Year at the 2012 Independent Music Awards, and and was included on many Best and Most Played of 2011 charts including Folk Alley, Folk-DJ, and Galaxie Folk-Roots.

Pharis & Jason have appeared on A Prairie Home Companion several times, toured with The Vinyl Cafe, played the Vancouver, Winnipeg and Edmonton Folk Music Festivals, Celtic Connections, and Pickathon, and have performed and taught across North America and the UK.


Through the summer of 2015, the Grist Mill and Gardens at Keremeos will be hosting a variety of exceptional artists  in July, August and September for an evening concert series in our picturesque Historic Site. Unless otherwise noted, doors open at 6:30PM and concerts start at 7:00PM.

You are encouraged to bring your own blankets and low-rise lawn chairs; taller chairs are also welcome, but you may be asked to sit in the back to avoid obstructing the view of others. You’re welcome to bring your own water bottles (reusable or factory-sealed) but outside food or drinks are prohibited on site. The Grist Mill & Gardens will be operating a concession at each show.

Tickets will be available for sale at the Grist Mill front desk ($20 per show), by phone at 250-499-2888 during business hours (daily 9 AM-5 PM) or on this site. Some tickets may also be available at the door for each show, depending on availability, but a small surcharge will apply.


August 20, 2015
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Grist Mill & Gardens
2691 Upper Bench Road
Keremeos, BC V0X1N4 Canada