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Winnipeg singer/songwriter Sierra Noble shocked the audience when she suddenly appeared playing her fiddle and singing like an angel behind Air Supply's Graham Russell at the band's final concert at McPhillips Station Casino on Wednesday. In a tutu and cowboy boots, she sang the young wife's response in a song about a 19-year-old soldier who gets married the day before he goes away -- and never comes back. The true story, written by Russell, had the largely female audience in tears.
Russell first connected with Noble in 2006 when he and Air Supply partner Russell Hitchcock played Winnipeg the same week the story broke about Noble's precious fiddle getting broken, with an appeal to Winnipeggers for a loaner.
"Graham saw my phone number in the story, and I got a call that evening saying, 'Hi. This is Graham Russell from Air Supply.' He just called as a musician to offer condolences and said, 'If you ever need any help, let me know.' " Noble heard the duo would be at the casino this week, and stopped by to say thank you.
"When I spoke to them Tuesday at the show, Graham asked me to do a song with him the next night. He gave me an album with the song A Little Bit More on it so I could learn the song. I went to rehearsal about 5:30 p.m., and we did it and it sounded beautiful." The song was written for a young couple who get married and have one night as man and wife before he goes off to war.
The audience also wished for a little bit more of Noble, but she only did one song. But then, Air Supply, known for their love anthems, had a sell-out crowd of swooning women on their hands
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WINNIPEG'S Flaming Trolleys, that renegade marching band based out of Kristen Andrews' Ragpickers store, is hitting the big time. These raggle-taggle gypsies, who started by turning up uninvited to events around Winnipeg, actually got invited to play the 15,000-strong Shambhala Music Festival in Salmo, B.C. Part of the fun was helping form a big heart -- made of people -- in an open field, with the moment captured by an aerial shot from an ultra-light plane.
"We started a parade and brought the numbers up from a few hundred to a few thousand in that field. We just kept playing and playing!" said Andrews.
Their private onstage experience happened at one of five stages called The Labryrinth where people had to follow a maze into the forest to find them. The band includes Andrews, Dan Moroz, Rachel Schappert, Franklin Fernando, Theo Tzu, Iain Grant, J.R. Hill, Kristie Leigh, Zachary Freeman, Toemas Steffenhofer, Rhonda B., Veronika Dreidger and Alan Hanley. Want to join? You can start any Wednesday. Just show up at 8:30 p.m. at Ragpickers with an instrument.
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NOW for something completely different, city slickers. Check out the goat cheese-making course where you start by learning how to milk a goat on Louise May's farm, outside St. Norbert.
"Then we go into my big kitchen to make tangy feta, chevre goat cheese -- the one in the little log -- ricotta and mozzarella cheeses and yogurt." May talks about nutrition and how you can get your own backyard dairy for those who live on the outskirts of the city. Cost for the course and take-home recipes is $80. May's "Woofer" operation is an organic farm staffed by young people from around the world.
May's other off-the-wall courses include How to Ride and Draw a Horse, Plant Medicine Harvest and Preparation, and Bread Making from Scratch. One day and multi-week courses start early September. Call 261- 6279 or visit www.aurorafarm.ca
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