Blyth's Kathryn Peach brings 'Home for the Holidays' to Blyth - Oct. 26, 2017
BY SHAWN LOUGHLIN
Blyth’s Kathryn Peach, alongside her newfound musical partner Scott Chow, will be performing at Blyth Memorial Hall in December to warm residents up for Christmas.
Peach and Chow, who have now performed together a handful of times, will be assembling a full band for the “Home for the Holidays” show, scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 17 at 3 p.m.
The idea of a Christmas show has been churning in Peach’s head for nearly two years since her neighbour and friend Annie Sparling brought Christmas music to the Memorial Hall stage in 2015.
Sparling performed a special Christmas fundraising concert for Blyth 14/19 during the holidays of 2015. Hundreds took in the show and Peach was one of them, saying it inspired her to strive to do the same.
Peach says that while Sparling’s performance is a lot to live up to, she wanted to try.
Since then, Peach has been busy with university and her job at Blyth Cowbell Brewing Company, which began years before the brewery was even announced, but in recent months she has been able to focus her attention on singing once again.
Peach says she’s been singing for audiences since she was in Grade 5. It was in her Grade 5 class, she said, that she first remembers singing in front of others and thinking it was something she was good at and that she wanted to keep doing for as long as she could.
Since then, Peach has performed at a number of local and regional festivals and competitions, such as the Kiwanis Musical Festival of London and the Western Fair’s Rise2Fame competition.
However, it was earlier this year that Peach and Chow connected and she says that something just clicked when they first performed together.
“I think he believes in what I believe in,” Peach said. She wants to continue to achieve milestones through her singing and she thinks Chow is on the same page and wants to help support her and be there for her as she reaches her goals.
The two have performed a pop-up concert at Cowbell and earlier this month performed at the brewery’s southern bourbon tasting.
Peach says they have another show lined up in November, but plans to really pull out all the stops for the holiday show in Blyth, teaming up with local artists to provide a full band experience for the show.
While Blyth 14/19 isn’t directly involved in Peach’s show, as it was with Sparling’s show, Peach says the local organization is serving as one of the show’s sponsors.
The show begins at 3 p.m. on Dec. 17 and runs for two hours. From 5-7 p.m., Peach, Chow and their fellow musicians will host a “meet the artist” session in the lower hall after the show.
Tickets are available online at Eventbrite.ca and physical tickets will soon be available for purchase at Cowbell, Pianovations, the Goderich Print Shop and Studio C in Lucknow. Tickets are $20 each and are general admission.