March Hare always in demand

A self-described Vancouver dance party cover band, March Hare, plays Sturgis North.

Kimberly Baskerville of March Hare rocks at Sturgis North.

When Dan Hare screams out the lyrics to AC/DC’s Whole Lotta Rosie, it’s tricky to picture him sitting quietly, pondering religion.

But he’s equally comfortable in both worlds.

Hare is the catalyst behind March Hare Allstar Band, a self-described Vancouver dance party cover band who performed at Sturgis North.

A skilled lead vocalist and guitarist with an extensive and varied musical repertoire, Hare’s interests are just as varied. He holds three university degrees – in English and philosophy from Simon Fraser University, and a masters of divinity in theology and counselling from Trinity Western University. He’s even written a book, “Regrets, they’ve had a few,” featuring practical wisdom from more than 300 interviews he did with people between the ages of 65 and 100.

“I’ve done lots of stuff – I’ve done work in the prisons, been a volunteer chaplain, informal help with people. Music is my main-stay… Again, I think it’s the whole package. If you care about your life and what you’ve done, you’re taking your talent and sharing it with the world.”

March Hare, made up of Hare on vocals and guitar, Kimberly Baskerville on vocals, guitar and percussion, Andy Smyth on keyboard, bass, strings, horns, back-up vocals and more, and Ian Paxton on drums and vocals, has been together for seven-and-a-half years.

They do what many other bands aren’t able to – make a living from playing music.

Before their gig in Salmon Arm they were the house band at the Merritt Mountain Music Festival. Their itinerary is as varied as their music. One week it will be original songs, the next a festival, and the next a corporate gig. Although they perform mostly cover tunes, they have produced two CDs of original music as well as a solo CD from Hare.

With regards to promoting their own music, Hare says “without an identifiable hit song, it’s difficult to attract people. We do the bulk of our gigs as a show band.”

But not just any show band. While their performances are tight and polished, it’s obvious they’re not just going through the moves. They’re having fun.

“You have to work hard, you have to care,” says Hare. “The best compliment we ever get is, ‘you guys love what you’re doing and it’s totally obvious.’”

Even the sparse crowds under rainy skies at Sturgis didn’t lessen their enthusiasm.

“We respect our audience, whether it’s 10 or 10,000; we’ve played for 50,000 and five.”

One of the keys to success for the band is the singers, says Hare.

“We have three genuine lead singers who can front a band,” he explains, adding advice for people who ask him how to have a more successful band.

“The simple answer? Have better singers.”

For Hare, his favourite covers are Boston, Credence Clearwater Revival and Bob Seiger. For Paxton, it’s Rod Stewart and Paul McCartney. For Baskerville, she favours Madonna and Lady Gaga.

The Sturgis North event wasn’t Baskerville’s first visit to Salmon Arm.

“In 1993 I played in your theatre for the Legends of Rock and Roll,” she says.

Now she spends her time performing, writing songs with Hare and maintaining related websites.

“This is our dream, I love it,” she says of March Hare.

She was not bothered, either, by the sparse audiences.

“Whenever you’re performing your original tunes, it’s awesome. It’s been a bit quiet, but it’s the first time (for the event), so no one knew what to expect.”

March Hare’s website can be found at: www.marchhare.bc.ca.

 

Just Posted

In photos: The 27th Annual Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival

Images from Friday evening and Saturday at the festival grounds.

Summerland cannabis shop receives approval in principle

Inspection now required before Green Gaia may sell cannabis

North Okanagan-Shuswap Liberal candidate responds to Trudeau ethics report

Prime Minister’s immediate response to commissioner’s findings appreciated

Shuswap tow truck operator sees high number of collisions this summer

Drivers encouraged to “loosen up behind the wheel, smarten up and read the road”

VIDEO: Langley Ribfest met with protesters

Groups that oppose the event for various reasons plan to be on site each of the three days.

Canadians killed in Afghanistan honoured during emotional dedication ceremony

One-hundred-fifty-eight Canadian soldiers died during the mission

It’s snow joke: Up to 30 cm of snow expected to fall in northeastern B.C.

Alaska Highway, Fort Nelson to be hit with August snowstorm, according to Environment Canada

‘I’m just absolutely disgusted’: Husband furious after B.C. Mountie’s killer gets day parole

Kenneth Fenton was sentenced to prison after he fatally struck Const. Sarah Beckett’s cruiser

Sea-to-Sky Gondola in B.C. likely out of commission until 2020

Sea to Sky Gondola carries between 1,500 and 3,000 people every day during the summer season

Helicopter-riding dog Mr. Bentley now featured on cans of new B.C.-made beer

Partial proceeds from every pack go to Children’s Wish

PHOTOS: Weapons seized at Portland right-wing rally, counterprotests

Not all who gathered Saturday were with right-wing groups or antifa

Retrieved body from Okanagan Lake identified as missing kayaker

Zygmunt Janiewicz had been missing since May and was recovered Aug. 10

Paddleboard festival coming soon to Kalamalka Lake

Wildfire smoke got in the way of last year’s event, but conditions look better this summer

Most Read