CBC host Ismaila Alfa with country musician Keith Dyck (CBC/Thacker)
I grew up in North Kildonan which was so far into the suburbs we didn't even know we were in the suburbs. I knew that something was up and I had to get out of there so I moved downtown and started meeting people, playing with different people.
—Keith Dyck, musician
After learning to play at his father's knee, country singer/songwriter Keith Dyck has continued to make music a priority in his life.
Even now, Dyck says he can feel his father's influence on his playing. "Probably in my right hand. He was strumming the banjo as a four string player so there was a lot of wicked strumming and I think that's what I got from him."
For the song, Frozen People, he even used - almost verbatim - the words from a letter his mom wrote to him from Texas where she and Dyck's dad were spending the winter.
Dyck is also very much invested in the Manitoba music scene, having been a part of it for many years. "I grew up in North Kildonan which was so far into the suburbs we didn't even know we were in the suburbs. I knew that something was up and I had to get out of there so I moved downtown and started meeting people, playing with different people," he said.
One of those people was violin/viola player Richard Moody. "We were both dishwashers at a local vegetarian restaurant and I sat down with him one day and asked him to play with me. We've collaborated a lot since then."
Both Richard and Ruth Moody are on Dyck's new EP, along with Romi Mayes, Leonard Podolak and more.
Keith Dyck's CD release of Between Amazing Grace and A Real Good Time is on Thursday May 2 at 8 p.m. at the West End Cultural Centre. Before then, catch Keith Dyck on SCENE on Air with host Ismaila Alfa on Saturday April 27. The show airs every Saturday from 5 - 6 p.m. on CBC Radio One, 89.3 FM/990 AM/97.9 FM in Brandon.
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