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Prairie Folk: Darrel & Saskia

"Music Conquers All"

Darrel Delaronde and Saskia are veteran musicians, songwriters, and performers who have joined forces to create a dazzling musical partnership that is wowing audiences young and old wherever they play.

Coming together from widely diverse backgrounds, and musical influences, they have gave birth to a new adage, "Music Conquers All."

Darrel Delaronde was born in the northern forests of Saskatchewan, son of a farmer and saw-miller and grew up into hard labour in a harsh climate. "I left as soon as I looked old enough to hitch-hike," he jokes.

Darrel began his musical journey on the rough, wood stages of small country halls, playing guitar in any band that would have him; from old-time fiddle to rock and roll. He played in rock bands all through high school, then after moving to BC, was caught up in the country-rock craze of the early seventies.

Saskia Munroe was born in the city of Utrecht, the Netherlands. She immigrated with her family to northern BC. As soon as she had mastered her new environment and language, she embarked upon a full time career in music.

She sang her way into the hearts of many performing in country bands and coffee houses, singing to any one who would listen, thus honing her vocal skills into the strong, vibrant instrument that it is today. Encouraged by her friends she took up the guitar and discovered a whole new world; the “singer-songwriter”.

Both musicians spent their lives on the road, performing at every possible venue, their love of music overshadowing the rigors of bar-rooms, truck-stops, and cheap hotels. The music business is actually a small world, and these two found themselves crossing paths more and more, until one day they decided to play a few jobs together.

It took a while for the gears to mesh, but soon realized that together they had a unique style that spoke to everyone, a tapestry of sound that encompassed many genres, wrapped up in a high-energy performance that shoots sparks across the stage for all to see.

Their rich vocals and harmonies, coupled with Darrel's outrageous guitar antics, and backed up by Saskia’s steady bass and penny whistles, punch out a fullness never achieved by most four-piece bands, they give off an energy you can taste in the back of your throat, like ozone from a thunder storm.

Standing Ovation in Switzerland!

"My wife Marilyn and I recently had the honour and pleasure to host a superb evening at Canada's Official Residence on the occasion of the visit to Bern of Darrel De La Ronde and Saskia as well as Gary Fjellgaard. This Canadian musical trio wonderfully sang and played prairie folk songs, entertaining our 40 Swiss guests who were thrilled by their performance. At the end of the show, they spontaneously rose to their feet for a well deserved standing ovation, asking for several encores. It was a privilege for Marilyn and I to introduce Darrel, Saskia and Gary to Switzerland."

-- Signed Robert Collette, Ambassadeur/Ambassador, Ambassade du Canada, Berne/Canadian Embassy, Bern. August 21, 2008

Nominated for: Album of the Year in Saskatchewan, Aboriginal Artist of the Year in Saskatchewan, and Top 5 People’s Choice Award

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