Kelowna, BC – 06/29/13

Lille Gard Music and Arts Festival
Saturday, June 29, 2013
12:00pm - All Ages Buy Tickets
4485 Sallows Road.

Kelowna, BC, Canada V1W 4C2

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Graham is performing as part of Lille Gard festival (28 -30th June 2013) Schedule and tickets from

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Kelowna, BC – 06/22/13

'The Trips' play a Street party
Saturday, June 22, 2013
1:00pm - All Ages Buy Tickets
Gospel Mission (map)
Leon Ave
Kelowna, BC
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Graham performs with his new Bluegrass band "The Trips" which features Jesse Padgett - banjo, shamma Sabir - fiddle, Joshua Smith - Guitar and Bass and Graham Ord - guitar and mandolin. This is a street party celebrating 35 years of Kelowna Gospel Mission. Held on Leon ave Kelowna with bands all afternoon all for a great cause.

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The Trips

The Trips L-R Jesse Padgett, Shamma Sabir, Joshua Smith and Graham Ord.
The Trips L-R Jesse Padgett, Shamma Sabir, Joshua Smith and Graham Ord.

I have been working with a great bunch of musicians in our town in the past few months and exploring Bluegrass music a bit which has been so much fun!  We are writing some original tunes as well as taking some songs we all know and love and giving them a Bluegrass/Alt country treatment.

The band consists of Jesse Padgett on Banjo, Joshua Smith on guitar, Shamma Sabir of fiddle and yours truly on Guitar. Us three lads all play the upright between us too.  Here’s a sample of some of the music we are exploring together. We recorded it at Bottega Farm Inn Studios in Kelowna and we just all played together and pressed record.




The Trips – Hallelujah I love her so.

Elvis is in the doghouse

I Just had to post about this…A while back I got hold of a really sweet Doghouse (upright double Bass). I have been learning to play it as part of a new Bluegrass band I have been putting together with some good friends. The band is called The Trips’ and we are starting to do a few gigs in our area.  Anyway back to the Bass!  Every instrument needs a name right? so I called the bass Elvis!  not sure why it just seemed to fit it’s character.

Elvis the Bass in the early stages of being painted.
Elvis the Bass in the early stages of being painted. (C) HeArt School 2013

One of the guys in the band Jesse Padgett is not only a great banjo player but also a fine artist as well. He asked if he could paint Elvis on the back of the bass. I was a bit apprehensive at first cos I didn’t know what to expect, but after he showed me his vision I asked him to go nuts and paint it. The result is quite stunning. A full size painting of Elvis Presley Singing into a mic while playing the guitar. It is stunning!  We are now looking forward to performing with Elvis and showing him off to more of his adoring fans.  Not many people can say they have been in a band with Elvis, but I can now.

The Bluegrass band “The Trips” consists of Jesse Padgett – Banjo and Bass, Joshua Smith – Guitar and Bass, Shamma Sabir – Fiddle (with no Bass!) and yours truly on Guitar, Mandolin and Bass.  We all take turns to sing.

Jesse Padgett is part of ‘HeArt School’ in Kelowna BC.

Elvis the Bass
Elvis in the Doghouse (or on the doghouse perhaps?)
(C) HeArt School 2013

Kelowna, BC – 02/15/13

Levite Summit
Friday, February 15, 2013
7:00pm - all day/evening event - All Ages Buy Tickets
4574 Raymer Rd
Kelowna, BC, Canada V1W 1T4
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The Levite Summit is a conference for musicians and artists of all skill levels, who are active in a variety of environments. Our purpose is to equip you to pursue your art with skillful hands and a pure heart (Ps 78:72).With a wealth of experienced mentors and teachers to provide practical teaching and biblical inspiration, the Levite Summit is a gathering place for musicians, worship leaders, dancers, painters, sound techs and more! The summit will be held in Kelowna, BC with hotel accommodations available.

Registration is now open! Early bird pricing ends in January so don't wait to take advantage of the low registration fees. You can also receive the group rate (5 or more) by registering together with friends or other members from your church.

We are pleased to offer a scholarship program for those who might not otherwise be able to attend. Our community of generous donors is supplying the funds for many to attend. If you or someone you know would like to apply please download the form from today!

A number of workshops will be available, with 5 distinct tracks: Fine Arts, Worship Teams, Instrument Workshops, Technical Teams and the Music 'Business'. Our teachers will cover a variety of topics, all in a context of faith and theology within a question and answer setting allowing for open discussion and interactive learning. Here’s just a peak at some of the presenters: Jon Buller, David Ruis, Roy Salmond, Graham Ord, Tim & Jon Neufeld (STARFIELD), Curtis Tulman, Kevin Pauls, Riley Armstrong, Alexandra Babbel, Jason Armstrong, Nico Boesten, Laura Elliott, Dorte Meyer, Laura Thomas, Michelle Collins, Garry Schmidt, Jeremy Kinniburgh, Phil Collins, Stuart McKnight, Dave Huber, Ryan Young, Dave Moore, Tim Boulter and Rod Miller. To view the schedule and workshops go to

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