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Stettler Variety Showcase does a sell-out of Lisa Brokop’s The Patsy Cline Project

Canadian Country music star Lisa Brokop plays for the Stettler audience at the Performing Arts Centre on Sunday, March 5. Accompanying her on the guitar is Darren Savard, top right and on upright bass is Darcy Johnstone. - Moush Sara John/Stettler Independent
Canadian Country music star Lisa Brokop plays for the Stettler audience at the Performing Arts Centre on Sunday, March 5. Accompanying her on the guitar is Darren Savard, top right and on upright bass is Darcy Johnstone.
— image credit: Moush Sara John/Stettler Independent

The Performing Arts Centre (PAC) was host to Stettler Variety Showcase (SVS)’s sell-out act of Lisa Brokop this past Sunday, March 5.

Always known to up the ante, the SVS has brought some of the most talented and unique musicians to the community, from classical to country.

So when Canadian country music star Lisa Brokop graced the stage, PAC filled up pretty quickly from brim to brim.

“I chose as many of the Patsy classics as I could, that are my favourites and I also included a few original songs written specifically for the project,” said Lisa Brokop. “Most of the Patsy Cline Tour has been presented in small towns. I love performing in small towns, where people are very appreciative of us and always have a warm welcome, including the wonderful folks of Stettler!”

Brokop was accompanied on the guitar by Darren Savard, on the upright bass by Darcy Johnstone and on the piano and guitar by John Thiel.

The SVS Board and audience were very pleased with the show, according to Rose Fenske, the PR voice of SVS and the announcer for the afternoon show.

“It was a lovely trip down memory lane for many of us as Lisa’s narration and portrayal and cover of Patsy Cline’s music were excellent,” Fenske said. “The audience enjoyed them thoroughly and said it was wonderful to have the songs sung by such a beautiful voice.”

Fenske added that since both shows were sell-out, people in the community were familiar with Lisa Brokop’s music and enjoyed not only the Patsy Cline songs but the songs Brokop had originally written.

“The backup musicians were very good,” Fenske said. “Both shows received standing ovations and Lisa thrilled the audience with the encore, Tennessee Waltz.”

Brokop and her team enjoyed playing both the shows for the people of Stettler, she said.

“I always find it funny how in many venues we’ve played, people are fairly quiet throughout the whole show and very polite, but then at the end they are often on their feet applauding,” Brokop said. “A big thank you to the people of Stettler for treating us so well, we look forward to coming again soon!”

 

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