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Silence and Song

bruce thumb.jpgThis week on the X, we have a quiet and loving meditation on brotherhood and silence from Regina writer Bruce Rice, plus a fellowship in music with string kings Karrnnel and Daniel Koulak.


Karrnnel and Daniel Koulak


Known to Saskatchewan traditional music lovers as one of our province's best fiddle virtuosos, Saskatoon's Karrnnel is a force to be reckoned with.

He is the most decorated competitive fiddler in Saskatchewan's history, and he was also nominated as Instrumental Solo Artist of the Year at the 2009 Canadian Folk Music awards. Karrnnel's musical influences are varied and include Canadian Old Time, M├ętis, Ukrainian, Irish, Scottish, and Bluegrass among others. Karrnnel brings this eclectic musical sensibility to his original compositions which combine both traditional and modern sensibilities.

Daniel Koulack is one of Manitoba's most talented multi-instrumentalists. He's had a banjo concerto written for him that he premiered with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. He's a former member of the Winnipeg klezmer bands 'Finjan' and 'The North End Klezmer Project'. Daniel has also performed with a who's who of traditional Canadian musicians both on banjo, guitar, and upright bass. He's one of the most musical people you'll ever meet. He also has the biggest banjo collection we've ever seen... Daniel had 6 of them onstage for this performance!

Karrnnel and Daniel met at a summer music camp, and they had such a great time working together they decided to record a fiddle and banjo album.We caught up with them at the Artesian on 13th in Regina, and this concert features songs from that CD.


Here they are playing at the today's featured concert:



Here they are playing together with special guest Troy MacGillivray at the 2010 Canadian Folk Music Awards Nominee Showcase:







Bruce is normally a poet, and today's creative non-fiction piece, which he wrote and reads,  about his deaf sister's battle for her life, is the first prose piece he has done for Soundxchange, though we have featured him as a poet several times.

Bruce Rice has published four books of poetry. His latest collection, Life in the Canopy (Hagios), has been shortlisted for the 2009 Saskatchewan Book of the Year and an excerpt was shortlisted for the 2008 CBC Literary Awards. His other poetry collections include Descent Into Lima and The Illustrated Statue of Liberty (both from Coteau), and Daniel, which recieved the Canadian Authors Association Award for poetry.

His work has been broadcast on CBC Radio and has appeared in several magazines and anthologies. He was one of five writers commissioned to create works in response to the 2007 opening of the Joe Fafard retrospective exhibition. He live in Regina.