Kendal Carson and Adam Dobres will be performing at Barney Bentall's Grand Cariboo Opry on November 17.

Opry-style concert with Barney Bentall

Grand Cariboo Opry is a fundraiser for Sooke Food Bank

t isn’t often that Sooke gets a whole roster of exceptional individual musical talent from across the province. In the style of the Grand Ole Opry, which was a musical icon in Nashville that held weekly concerts, Canadian music icon Barney Bentall brings his own particular take on the Opry to Sooke.

The Sooke Harbour Players, Sooke Regional Resources Services, the Edward Milne Community School Society and Mel Dobres are proud to present Barney Bentall & The Grand Cariboo Opry, at the Edward Milne community theatre on Sunday, November 17, 2013.

“A couple of years ago I asked if they would come to Sooke,” said Mel Dobres. “They emailed and said they would do it.”

Dobres said sponsors buy a song and lyrics about that sponsor are written by Bentall into a unique song. Sponsors get free tickets and a tax recipt.

A treasured tradition in British Columbia, this fundraiser and one-of-a-kind variety show brings concert-goers together to support the Sooke Food Bank Society.

The Grand Cariboo Opry is a highly entertaining show, hosted by Bentall, who blends humourous and sentimental monologues with a heartfelt set of roots and folk favourites. Bentall is joined by an exceptional roster of friends and guests including Dustin Bentall, Kendel Carson, Ridley Bent, Matt Masters, Wendy Bird, Angela Harris, Neil Osborne, special guest Adam Dobres and the Gold Rush Allstars.

Kendel Carson, a rock & roll fiddle player, first played with Dustin Bentall in the Grand Cariboo Opry. Carson was part of Victoria’s notorious Outlaw Social with Adam Dobres. Carson performed for years with Chip Taylor,  played with Elvis Costello, Feist & Ron Sexsmith at the Gemini Awards and now has her own band Belle Starr.

Adam Dobres has toured the world with many projects including old time string band Outlaw Social and Kendel Carson on her European tour. Dobres also toured with beat-poet cowboy Ridley Bent and more recently he has been recording and touring extensively with Emmy winner and two-time Grammy nominee, singer Toni Childs. He was also part of the Dustin Bentall outfit where they performed as part of the 2010 Winter Olympics and supported Blue Rodeo on their 2010 Canadian tour.

If people bring a food item for the food bank they will get a free ticket for the chance to win a set of CD’s from the different performers.

Tickets at Shoppers Drug Mark, Stick in the Mud and EMCS ticket office.