Daniel and Tricia Turner are combing their three passions: family, farming and rock and roll.
Their home base is an organic grain farm in Kenton, Manitoba where they work the land for half the year, chase their two young boys around and still find snippets of time to write and play music. During the winter months, they use the off-season to play and record.
It must be working, because the members of The Young Pixels have released a new album, For the Love
, just in time for a weekend appearance at the Brandon Folk Festival.
For the Love is the latest from The Young Pixels. (Eric Roberts)
"The farming and the music go together in a lot of ways because the
farming goes with the seasons and it allows us to have the freedom to
hang out for five, six months in the winter working on our music and
just being with our kids," Tricia Turner explains.
She says it's a bit of a time management challenge, one they're constantly trying to refine. Which means they sometimes practice out in the field, inside the house or wherever they end up with a few minutes to spare.
"You just have to organize that space and make the time and you have to take the little increments throughout your day even if it's only 10 minutes so you can touch base and keep that alive inside yourself so you're not waiting all day to take care of your own needs," Turner says.
"Children and managing a farm takes a lot of your energy, a lot of your thought, you're managing your own business."
The duo is taking the weekend off to head to the Brandon Folk Festival. Where they're on the bill alongside acts like Martha Wainwright, Hawksley Workman, Imaginary Cities, Stephen Fearing and many more.
In that kind of company, Daniel Turner admits to occasionally getting starstruck. "I have. I just feel like a little kid," he says.
"If it's someone we're really influenced by and look up to, it might be harder to keep my composure," Tricia Turner adds, recalling a time she ran into one of their favourite musicians, Chad VanGaalen.
"Yeah we crossed paths with him and I couldn't say two words," Daniel Turner laughs.
Celebrity sightings aside, The Young Pixels are looking forward to returning to the Brandon Folk Festival where they have been part of an emerging artists program for the last three years.
"We've come across some amazing opportunities and met some amazing people that have really helped us in our growth," Tricia Turner explains. "I hope that more and more bands can get the opportunity to be a part of something like that.
"About five years ago we were walking through the site and Danny and I were just starting out. We got up on the stage and we envisioned ourselves playing a mainstage set at Brandon Folk Festival with a whole bunch of people there. I guess we created it."Catch The Young Pixels in conversation with guest host
Joanne Rodriguez on SCENE On Air. The show airs every Saturday from 5 - 6
p.m. on CBC Radio One, 89.3 FM/990 AM/97.9 FM in Brandon.