|Home Town:||Vancouver Island|
Although they now call Vancouver Island home, these gifted folk/roots song-crafters live mostly on the road, performing to an ever-widening fan base. They are skilled & versatile musicians; considered by their peers to be in the “journeyman” class of their trade.
Saskia hails from The Netherlands and Darrel was born on the Great Plains, so prairie culture runs through their veins. Recently they spent 4 years living in Saskatchewan & it was a huge creative landscape for their songwriting. They write about Canadian life & culture; stories of Louis Riel, war brides, prairie towns, voyageurs & rodeos; all set to intriguing melodies and backed by some of Canada’s finest musicians.
They have toured extensively across Canada and Europe with Gary Fjellgaard for the last 10 years, performed with Valdy, Nathan Tinkham (Ian Tyson’s guitar player), and have notables like Daniel Powter, Darby Mills, Steve Dawson, Ken Hamm, Bill Hicks (Powder Blues), and Nolan Murray (Tiller’s Folly) appearing on their 9 CD’s. On a last note…..they have opened for the Stampeders, Emerson Drive, The Good Brothers and Folk Legend Roy Forbes.
They were awarded Top Folk /Roots Album in Holland; Artist, Album, and Songwriter of the year from SCMA, received Top 5 People’s choice awards, and have enjoyed many years airplay on the Top Indie folk/roots charts in Europe.
Currently touring to support their latest CD “Songbirds” on their 4th trip across Canada, they also have a 3rd European tour booked in Holland, Germany, Belgium and Switzerland.
[Courtesy of Saskia and Darrel de la Ronde]