Hello all! Knacker’s Yard has just returned from their West Coast mini tour. The tour was a great success for all! The shows received much press coverage and attendance was excellent.
08/29/2014 – Port Alberni, B.C. Port Alberni (population of 20 000)is a deep port city which lies within the Alberni Valley at the head of th e Alberni Inlet, Vancouver Island’s longest inlet. Of course all of these names are European. The area is still the unceded traditional territory of the Tseshaht and Hupacasath First Nations of the Nuu-Chah-Nulth Tribal Council. Here we performed at Char’s Landing, a very nice venue that is actually a renovated one hundred year old church. Now its a live music venue with bar owned and operated, with some help, by Charlene Patterson who has dedicated herself to keeping the performing arts alive on the west coast. Thanks Charlene!
After the show, we were approached by some nice folks from the Ty Watson House, a grass-roots hospice that provides 24 hour care for people facing life limiting ailments. They invited us to play some songs for the patients. So the next day, at noon, we performed in a very intimate living room situation for the staff and patients of the house. In turn, were treated to a full course lunch, and a gasoline donation for our musical services. The lunch at the Ty Watson house had many highlights including when one of the patients, a war bride named Jennie who’d emmigrated from Scotland in 1946, recited a Robbie Burns poem for us. A very touching moment for sure! We look forward to returning to Port Alberni in order to play once again for our new, and old, friends.
08/30/2014 – Ucluelet, B.C. This small village (population 1,700) is located on the Ucluelet Peninsula on the west coast of Vancouver Island. Ucluelet means “people of the safe harbour” in the indigenous Nuu-chah-Nulth (Nootka) language. Our show took place at at the Army, Navy, & Airforce Veterans Club and turned out to be a very lively show indeed. What with endless pitchers of beer available to the band, we ended up performing a three hour set, with six encores, for a very rowdy and appreciating crowd. A great time!
The AN&AVC, by the way, is slated for shut down, which would be detrimental to cultural activity in the region, it being more or less the only live music venue. This show was meant to be a benefit for a growing support group working to keep the space alive. You can show your support and keep updated by getting in touch at: https://www.facebook.com/ArmyNavyAirforceVeteransClub293/info
08/31/2014 – Victoria, B.C. Our last show found us once again at our old stomping grounds: Cenote Restaurant and Lounge where we play a regular gig. As usual we sold the place out (not difficult since capacity is only 50!). Always a good time with many regulars who’ve been supporting us from the beginning. The band, admittedly, was rather tired after a very long night in Ucluelet, and a long drive back. Still, we managed to get the folks going with two hours of music, which included three or four encores. Everyone is welcome to come and see us play at Cenote on Sunday, September 28th!
Thanks to everyone who made our shows a success, and stay tuned for more upcoming performances