Gary Fjellgaard

Gary Fjellgaard

Contenders will perform in valley tour

Two legendary British Columbia musicians will perform in Summerland next month as part of their annual regional tour.

Two legendary British Columbia musicians will perform in Summerland next month as part of their annual regional tour.

Valdy and Gary Fjellgaard, The Contenders, will perform during an eight-show tour of the Okanagan Valley.

Valdy, 70 and Fjellgaard, 78, have both enjoyed lengthy solo careers. Valdy’s folk music dates to the early 1970s, while Fjellgaard, a country performer, has been performing since 1976.

The concert will feature solo tunes from each performer as well as songs they have recorded together as The Contenders.

In the past, their music has been original compositions, but this year they will also include some covers of works by other musicians.

“We’re doing songs we normally wouldn’t do, because we didn’t write them,” Fjellgaard said.

He added that he will also play the electric guitar during the concert this year. In the past, his music has featured an acoustic guitar.

The tour will also be an opportunity for the two musicians to release their newest album, Contenders Three: Off The Floor.

Fjellgaard said the songs were recorded live in the studio, without adding instruments or other sounds.

The concert will be at Centre Stage Theatre on Sunday, Nov. 1, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at Martin’s Flowers, 250-494-5432.