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Kory Istace vs the Time Pirates to play Prairie Folk Tournament

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Kory Istace of Regina based roots group  Kory Istace  vs. the Time Pirates  are excited about the third annual Prairie Folk Tournament, taking place at the Kory Istace playing with friends . Photo by Richard AmerySlice, March 15 and 16.
“Bring your stomping boots,” he enthused.

“I’ve been pestering Taylor (Ackerman, organizer) to get in on that for years, but it has never worked out,” he said.

 They share the  stage March 15 with the Ball Gag N’ Chain Gang and Regina acoustic pop/ alt country bluegrass band The Grain Report, which also features Time Pirate Thomas Roussin on mandolin as well as Time Pirates Ryan Shotton and Neil Kirby.   Cat Abenstein and Nathan Ottenson round out the Time Pirates line-up.

Kory Istace vs. the Time Pirates have been together  for seven years three albums, one minor line up change and one major line up change — Roussin, who joined them two years ago.
They  were finalists in CBC Searchlight competition, for Saskatchewan but didn’t make it.

“We had a bit of a break for a couple of months, but now we’re playing all over Saskatchewan, ” Istace said. And while he’d like to stay for the whole weekend to visit all of the friends he made when he was living here for eight years, the band has another gig in Regina the next night.

They a have just begun the process of writing the next Time Pirates CD.

“It’s pretty much more of the same — alt country, but with slight modernizations,” he said adding the band has become tighter with age as expected.
He promised an exciting show.

“We’ll be playing some old stuff and some new stuff. Songs about taking heartbreak and turning it into something positive. But we try to keep a light atmosphere and keep the atmosphere positive,” he continued.

“ I’d like to stay the whole weekend and see everyone. But I’m sure I’ll see a lot of them. I love getting back to Lethbridge. I lived there for eight years and it’s one of my favourite places to play. I’m sure the rest of the band would agree it’s one of the best. Per capita it probably has one of the highest number of music fans,” he observed. The Prairie Folk Tournament continues March 16 with Lethbridge country trio Hurtin, Edmonton musician Rob Ursel and  Rancho Deluxe. Tickets are $20 per night or $30 for both nights.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Friday, 15 March 2013 09:24 )  
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