Gary Fjellgaard performs with Valdy at St. Andrew’s United Church Saturday (April 16).

Gary Fjellgaard performs with Valdy at St. Andrew’s United Church Saturday (April 16).

Concert benefits St. Andrew’s church

NANAIMO - Gary Fjellgaard and Valdy perform at St. Andrew's United Church Saturday (April 16) at 7 p.m.

Gary Fjellgaard and Valdy will be filling St. Andrew’s United Church with beautiful music for a good cause.

The duo’s concert, being held Saturday (April 16) at 7 p.m., is a fundraiser to help upgrade the church sound system.

“I think it is one of the greatest venues. There is not a bad seat in the house,” said Fjellgaard.

He and Valdy are performing songs from the duo’s latest album together Contenders 3: Off the Floor, which was released in December 2015.

The album is a departure from the previous two albums that featured material written by both  Fjellgaard and Valdy.

The two singer-songwriters decided to cover songs on this album.

“We picked songs we heard over the years. Some of our favourite…” said Fjellgaard. “We went out into left field a little bit, in that we dragged up my electric guitar which I haven’t played for years and years.”

He said the duo sat in the studio and created everything live right off the floor. People can expect to hear exactly what is done on the new album, said  Fjellgaard.

Valdy, born Paul Valdemar Horsdal, has won two Juno Awards, received seven nominations and has had four gold records.

Fjellgaard was inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame in 2005, a year after he was inducted into the B.C. Country Music Hall of Fame. He has received numerous awards for his work.

St. Andrew’s United Church is located at 311 Fitzwilliam St. Tickets for the concert are $20 and are available at Tom Lee Music, Fascinating Rhythm, Sweet Somethings and the church office.

For more information about St. Andrew’s United Church, please go to www.standrewsunitednanaimo.com.

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