Korth combo guilty as charged

Unorthodox instrumental line-up offers refreshing variety to Castlegar audience

Korth-led outfit delivers the goods

Korth-led outfit delivers the goods

When someone happens to be one of the most pleasant and friendly people you could hope to meet, chances are your experience with them is going to be worthwhile.

When they display amazing  technical prowess and originality on a variety of stringed instruments (along with an infectious sense of humour), the experience is coming close to what was enjoyed last Sunday at the Kootenay Gallery.

Craig Korth and The Guilty Pleasures, a Nelson-based outfit doing its first gig together, delivered a tremendous afternoon of entertainment for a crew that appreciated every twist and turn, jumping from genre to genre, with introductions almost as appealing as the tunes themselves.

Fifty-something whiz-kid Korth, whose jaw-dropping banjo chops are just the tip of the iceberg, also brought his mandolin, guitar and dobro along and featured each  during the show that spanned about two hours.

Korth has found his musical equals in the outstanding side-men on bass, sax, and drums. The variety of tunes was interesting and exciting, and the inclusion of lovely original material by Korth’s wife Julie Kerr was an added treat.

Kudos to the Gallery, the TD Bank Concert Series and musical director Nicola Everton for arranging this kind of high-end entertainment for local music lovers.