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About the Series
Digital Currents is a recorded and live music showcase for five emerging and independent musicians and bands from across BC.  The artists, reviewed by a jury panel and selected by Tobin, spent two days at Song Sparrow Hall in Salmon Arm BC, recording 15 and 30-minute segments with a professional camera and sound recording crew before the live showcase on Dec. 2, 2023.
With support from the BC Arts Council and the Province of British Columbia, the Salmon Arm Folk Music Society Digital Currents Series features emerging and independent artists from across BC performing recorded sessions streamed Sundays at 9:30am for your enjoyment.



Digital Currents saw applications from musicians of all ages and genres and all corners of the province. In the end, five were chosen to perform in Digital Currents:

    • Brass Camel, Vancouver
    • Claire Coupland Duo, Victoria
    • Dave Barber Trio, Penticton
    • Heather Gemmell, Kimberley
    • Rebecca Sichon Duo, Kelowna


David Barber Trio

David Barber

Penticton, BC’s David Barber has spent the last 15 years being a sideman and has toured with artists including Colin James, The Chieftains, Barney Bentall, Dallas Smith, Chad Brownlee, Aaron Prichett, Aaron Goodvin and many more! He also played banjo on the 4x Platinum hit, Two Heads, by Coleman Hell.

During COVID, David pivoted from being a side person and recorded his first solo project called, “Molly’s Eyes” which was released in June 2023. This new career pivot has a sound that is a blend of Folk, Classic Country and Jazz that blend influences from Django Reinhardt, Chet Atkins, Ry Cooder and Bill Frisell.

Aside from the Juno award nomination, which was for his work with the bluegrass band High Bar Gang featuring Barney Bentall and Shari Ulrich, Barber has received awards from the British Columbia Country Music and Canadian Gospel Music associations, while being nominated for Canadian Country Music and Western Canadian Music awards as well.

Dave Barber – Electric Guitar / Banjo
Kirby Barber – Bass
Mike Treadway – Drums


Claire Coupland Duo

Claire Coupland

Victoria, BC born and raised, Claire has been touring Canada heavily since 2017, already landing major festival slots such as Kingsville Folk Festival, Peace Valley Folk Festival, Islands Folk Festival, Midsummer Music Fest, Living Roots Festival as well as 6 transcontinental journeys across the country as VIA Rail Artist On Board.

In 2018/2021, she was selected for the Singer Songwriter Residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts where she recorded with Billerman (The Arcade Fire) and worked with mentors such as Fats Kaplin (John Prine, Jack White), The Weather Station, David Francey, Kevin Welch, Kim Richey and Grammy winning songwriter Don Henry.

Claire was a featured writer for Humber Music’s Producer In Residence Week with Bob Ezrin (KISS, Pink Floyd, Lou Reed, Deep Purple, Peter Gabriel), and has showcased at Folk Music Ontario and Folk Alliance International.

“The worlds of jazz and folk are a pair meant to be, merging the two effortlessly with her crisp croon overtop slick guitar lines as she paints vivid pictures with her lyricism in true folk tradition” -Dusty Organ

Claire Coupland – acoustic guitar, lead vocals
Sarah Hiltz – (electric guitar, backing vocals)


Brass Camel

Brass Camel

Brass Camel is a unique Vancouver-based rock group who recently released their debut album, mixed by multiple Juno-winner Ben Kaplan. Made up of five experienced young musicians, their collective accomplishments include performing at New York’s Apollo Theater, jamming with guitar icon Les Paul, racking up countless studio sessions and covering hundreds of thousands of miles on the road before coming together.

Brass Camel’s singular sound mashes together the diverse influences of prog, funk, blues rock and fusion then ties them together with the kind of neat bow only attained by five musicians who are gunning for glory on the same frequency. After a string of consecutive sell-out shows in Vancouver, the Camel embarked on their first national tour of Canada, a successful 13,500km undertaking which sets the stage for the band to tour extensively in the months and years to come.

“Channeling a signature blend of blues, funk, and 70s prog rock, Brass Camel’s grasp of rhythmic texture and song composition create a daring synthesis of musical energy that turns genre conventions on their head.”

-Canadian Beats 

Daniel Sveinson – lead guitar and vocals
Wyatt Gilson – drums and percussion
Curtis Arsenault on backing vocals and lead bass guitar
Dylan Haywood Lammie – lead guitar and backing vocals
Aubrey Ellefson – keyboards and vocals


Heather Gemmell

Heather Gemmell

With a flat brimmed hat, golden waist length locks and radiant smile – Kimberly, BC’s Heather Gemmell brandishes her own distinct style as a mountain artist. She is the winner of the CBC Searchlight 2022 Fan Choice Award for her song NorthStar Burning, a song that captured the hearts of thousands of people across western Canada depicting the heinous arson that crippled her small-town ski hill and local economy.

Heathers powerhouse vocals and multi-talented musicianship is widely known and respected throughout the East-and West Kootenay musical landscape. Performing for over fifteen years, she has captured numerous accolades and is consistently sought after as performing artist. Her dedication and passion for music is evident every time she gets on stage. Her performances are packed what she describes as “Roots & Blues-grass” Canadian/Americana fusion. You will often find her stepping off her kick drums and mingling with the crowd passing out her hand made percussion instruments and getting up close and personal for her requests.

“She combines fiery instrumental prowess (electric guitar, acoustic guitar, slide guitar, dobro, harmonica – a gifted multi-instrumentalist) with earthy and soulful songwriting (Bonnie Raitt meets Joni Mitchell) and an engaging stage presence, delivered with the most brilliant smile found between the Fraser River and the Rocky Mountains.”

– Ferdy Belland

Heather Gemmell – vocals, guitar, harmonica


Rebecca Sichon

Rebecca Sichon

Originally from Mission in British Columbia’s Fraser Valley, Rebecca Sichon began singing at a young age, belting out “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” for campers at age five. At age seven she began piano lessons through the Royal Conservatory of Music. While in elementary school, Rebecca received some early career advice from fellow Mission-ite Carly Rae Jepson when the “Call Me Maybe” gal dropped by to play a set (“Just keep doin’ it,” Carly told eight-year-old Rebecca). By 12, Rebecca was learning guitar and ukulele on her own, and developing her own musical taste. “I grew up listening to classical and jazz in our house, and my parents always had the radio tuned to the French station,” says the singer, who speaks fluent French and, like her Ukrainian parents, Russian.“Then I got an iPod and started getting exposed to more R&B. I loved that dramatic, empowering sound.” Early favourites included H.E.R., Alicia Keys and Amy Winehouse.

The ambitious young talent has already released more than 11 singles, and two EPs, and performed well over 200 shows including an unprecedented 20 Sofar Sounds shows over the past 12 months making her an alumnus of the Global Music Phenomenon. In 2022 she toured Canada for the first time, performing from Vancouver to Montreal, and opening for Bif Naked at Canadian Music Week. Accolades include the 2020 and 2021 Fraser Valley Music Awards as Pop Artist of the year and the 2022 FVMA R&B Artist of the Year.

She has also begun collaborating with other songwriters, including Concord Music Publishing Composer/Producer Nashville-based Carey Ott. “I love collaboration,” says Rebecca, who has been invited to take part in the 2022 604 Records Songwriting Camp. “It takes me out of my own head and my own ideas and brings something new to the table.” With a promising recording career ahead of her and a growing live reputation thanks in part to her charming, natural stage presence, Rebecca is primed to break out of Western Canada and into the wider world.

Rebecca Sichon – Vocals, Keys, Guitar
Mat Trewhit – Cajon, percussion


Thank You!

The Salmon Arm Folk Music Society acknowledges the support of the BC Arts Council and the Province of British Columbia for helping make this series possible.

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