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Barney Bentall show to benefit teen resource centre Youth One


By Alejandra Pulido-Guzman - Lethbridge Herald on November 2, 2022.

Barney Bentall and the Cariboo Express will be performing on Nov. 7 at Southminster United Church in support of the Youth One Teenage Resource Centre. - Submited photo

LETHBRIDGE HERALDapulido@lethbridgeherald.com

Barney Bentall and the Cariboo Express will be performing on Nov. 7 at Southminster United Church in support of the Youth One Teenage Resource Centre.

“Any initiative that helps youth these days in a positive way while they wrestle with life and trying to figure out how to move forward, I think it’s something really worthy of support,” said Bentall.

He said they usually try to pick a charity that will participate with them and help out and Youth One has been good with that.

“I spoke to Leeroy Stagger and Mike at Geomatic Attic and they both thought that Youth One was a good project,” said Bentall.

He said that if you find something that works well and you can do some good and help them raise some money, which all those type of organizations always need, and they are willing to promote you, then there is a win-win situation where everyone benefits.

Barney Bentall and the Cariboo Express will be starting their tour in Calgary on Nov. 4, then they will come to Lethbridge on Nov. 7 and then will be in Edmonton, according to Bentall.

He said they will be bringing a mixture of his new songs from his most recent album called Cosmic Dreamer, and some older songs as well.

“As well as an instrumental record called Ranch Writers with my friend Geoffrey Kelly from Spirit Of The West and he’ll be with us for the whole tour,” said Bentall.

He said there is a whole slew of people that are involved in the tour, a wonderful collection of talent.

Even though Bentall was unsure if the last time they were in Lethbridge was in 2018 or 2019, he had fond memories of his time in the city and the support from the community.

“Hopefully everyone gets involved and encourages a lot of people to come out and buy tickets to the show because they won’t be disappointed. We had such wonderful nights there,” said Bentall.

He said he was excited about playing at Southminster Church as he loves the acoustics there.

“It is such a cool atmosphere in that place, it just sounds so fantastic,” sad Bentall.

He said that even though the concert is not being advertised as a family event, people of all ages will be able to enjoy it.

“It’s a concert with a lot of variety, a lot of different acts and it also supports local initiatives in the community,” said Bentall.

Bentall said he grew up in Calgary, but it was hard to get into the music scene there in the early 80’s. But when he moved to Vancouver everything changed.

“I started raising a family and playing rock and roll, first in clubs and then we got a record deal fortunately, around 1988 and I have been doing it ever since,” said Bentall.

He said the Cariboo Express name came from the fact that the idea of getting a band together happened at a ranch in The Cariboo in British Columbia.

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