Kellie Walker took to the stage of The Old Theatre on Saturday, July 27 with a bass guitar as part of the band CKC — she had been playing it for only two weeks.
CKC are the initials of the first names of Walker and her bandmates, Colton Low (drums/vocals) and brother Cameron (guitar/vocals). In an incredibly short amount of time, not only did Walker learn to play the bass guitar, she also co-wrote a song and recorded a CD before performing for a small but lively crowd.
All of this was possible because of her enrolment in Supercat Studios Summer Rocks Camp.
Owner/Instructor Yanive Fenier said teaching these kids is not really a job for him.
“They’re like sponges”, he said. “They learn so fast. Colton is probably the best drummer of his age in the Kootenays.”
Colton’s brother Cameron has a strong voice and stage presence and was easily able to mix it up between songs like Kim Michell’s “Go For Soda” and ZZ Top’s “Sharp Dressed Man”.
The trio’s performance of the song they wrote, “Free’ was exceptionally well done, with lyrics that told the tale of heartbreak (see below). Fenier wasn’t kidding when he said they learn fast; the song was written in about three hours.
Fenier said he enjoys seeing the rise of talent through the summer classes and added that Castlegar is “just full of great kids.” The live show is part of the cost of the camps.
Half of the admission (by donation) from the night went to the local food bank and a number of bags of food were also donated.
Supercat Studios can be reached at 250-365-1671, email at firstname.lastname@example.org or check out some photos and find more information at www.supercatstudios.com.
“FREE” – Lyrics by Colton Low, Cameron Low and Kellie Walker:
we started off as friends
we never had to pretend
we spent time again and agian
it never seemed to end
like a rocket in the sky
somehow I believed I could fly
never wanting to say goodbye
then you decided to lie
from the shackles of your pain
from the misery and blame
from the shadow deep within
now I am free
I gave you all that I had
you took and you never gave back
I wish I could start again
you’d never be my friend
I can’t believe what you’ve done
my beating heart is gone
you built me up and tore me down
now I’m back on the ground