It’s shaping up to be a busy St. Patrick’s Day/Week for Okanagan based Celtic band Cod Gone Wild. They have announced 10 shows during the week of St. Patrick’s Day (March 11-20) between British Columbia and Alberta. They will be starting the tour in Grand Prairie, Alberta on March 11-12, before returning briefly to the Okanagan for a couple of local dates; in Summerland, at the Centre Stage Theatre, Monday March 14th and at the Creekside Theatre in lake Country, March 15th, an annual show that will also feature the Okanagan Celtic Choir under the direction of Cod Gone Wild front-man, Andrew Mercer.
“It has become a tradition for the band to host a few St. Patrick’s Day shows in the Okanagan. So, even though we are heading to Alberta this year, we wanted to make sure that we were able to get back in between, for a couple of local shows as well,” said Mercer.
As many people know the Cods recently bid farewell to band mate and friend Anjuli Otter, who married and moved to Saskatchewan. Anjuli was with the band for four years, was an amazing addition, and played a large role in the band’s success over that time. “Anjuli’s departure certainly left a void, some uncertainty, and unanswered questions around who was going to fill that void,” said Mercer.
Then along came Susan (Sue) Aylard. Sue started her violin studies before her 3rd birthday at the Vancouver Academy of Music. During her studies throughout western Canada she placed first in the Senior Division at the BC Festival of the Arts, her “Sabeon Trio” twice competed at the National Music Competition and most recently she received the prestigious Okanagan Arts award. Sue has travelled the world performing in Sweden, Russia, Denmark, Mexico, the USA and Ireland.
Sue happened to catch a Cod Gone Wild show in Blind Bay at the Shuswap Lake Festival of the Arts when the band played there this past July. Upon learning that the band was looking for a new fiddle player, she contacted them to set up an audition.
No stranger to fiddle music, having fronted her own bands, “Cats and the Fiddle” and “Rough Pearl,” not to mention performing with the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra, joining the Cods was a natural progression for an already accomplished violinist/fiddler. Mercer is excited about the new direction of the band. “Sue nailed the audition and is a true professional in every sense. We are delighted to have her on board and we feel quite fortunate to have found someone locally to join us and represent our region as we travel and share our music.”
Cod Gone Wild will be showcasing their new fiddle player in their upcoming St. Patrick’s Day shows, but Sue has already performed close to 40 shows on the road with the band since joining in late August. Fans can expect all the St. Patrick’s Day classics as well as original material from the band, leading up to their next album release later this spring.
Okanagan Show Information:
March 14th – Centre Stage Theatre, 9518 Main St, Summerland. Tickets available at the Summerland Art Gallery. Showtime: 7:30 pm
Doors at 7:00 pm. Tickets – $25.00. All ages.
March 15th – The Creekside Theatre (featuring the Okanagan Celtic Choir), 10241 Bottom Wood Lake Rd, Lake Country, tickets available by calling the theater at 250-766-9309. Showtime: 7:30 pm, Doors at 7:00 pm. Tickets – $25.00. All ages.