“Like a brisk morning on an east coast shore, Derina Harvey Band (dHb) brings colour to your cheeks and takes your breath away.” Winners of the People’s Choice Award at the 2018 Edmonton Music Awards, these transplanted east coasters who now call Alberta home offer a fresh take on traditional Celtic folk songs alongside original jigs and reels. With a rocky, rhythmic undertow, layered guitars, and dizzying fiddle, topped by Derina’s powerful voice, they’ve been called a rockier version of Great Big Sea, if fronted by Adele. Now they’re bringing their high-energy kitchen party to Spruce Grove on July 1 to headline the City’s Canada Day Celebration and rock the crowds in Jubilee Park.
Derina Harvey Band has performed over 180 concerts across Canada since 2016 including two sold-out shows at Horizon Stage. They have released two full length recordings; their self-titled debut album (2013) garnered radio airplay across Canada, and their second album Rove and Go (2016) was added to the rotation at over 30 stations across Canada and tracked at No. 65 on CKUA's top-played albums for 2016. dHb are currently writing more original material and will release a full-length album in 2019. They will perform at 9:30 p.m. on the Canada Day Mainstage until right before the fireworks.
All three artists performing on the Mainstage this year hail from Alberta’s Capital region. Opening for Derina Harvey Band will be Stony Plain-based country singer Steve Newsome and his band at 7 p.m., followed by six-piece Edmonton indie rock band The Wet Secrets at 8 p.m. Newsome is a local favourite who has opened for Brett Kissel and Emerson Drive. The Wet Secrets, who have also won an Edmonton Music Award, are quirky, different and fun. Known for sometimes wearing marching band uniforms, their vibe is a mixture of punk rock, grit and surrealism.
Kick things up a notch and get ready to dance and party when Horizon Stage presents Derina Harvey Band, Steve Newsome, and The Wet Secrets on the Mainstage in Jubilee Park on July 1.