Canadian roots powerhouse duo, The Small Glories, are headed to Haliburton County Saturday night, as the folk society presents Cara Luft and J.D. Edwards for the first time ever in the Highlands.

Hailing from Winnipeg, Luft told The Highlander this week, she and Edwards are musical partners only. “It’s like singing with a sibling, our voices work really well together. And we’re troubadours. We love to go from town to town and tell stories from other places we’ve been and share things with new audiences. It’s not just about the music for us. It’s about the whole thing.”

Like most musicians, the Small Glories did not tour for a couple of years due to the pandemic. However, they’ve had make up dates from cancelled shows that have recently seen them primarily in the United States.

In talking to their agent, Luft said, “we haven’t played Ontario very much. Because of the pandemic, the last time we were in Ontario was in 2019, so let’s look at spring of 2023.” The Haliburton County Folk Society, meanwhile, was looking to book in a spring show.

“So, our agent put the call out as we had a small timeframe that we could come to the province. And the Halliburton County Folk Society was one of the organizations and one of the communities that really wanted us to come.”

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Luft added despite having played in larger towns and cities and in front of big crowds, they love playing for people, “no matter where they are, and no matter the audience size. We just want people to come who want to be there. It’s great to play for a full house but even when it’s not a full house, the people who are there, they get a unique experience.”

The Small Glories said fans can expect a lot of original material, but also some traditionals and covers.

“We’re really big believers in when you find a great song, regardless of who wrote it, it needs to be shared. So, we do a lot of interpretation that way. But we really love to engage with the audience. We love telling stories. We get people laughing, sometimes we get them crying, sometimes they get up and dance. So, it’s definitely really special.

“Every concert is unique and different and always very special. So, I think people will expect great music, a great respite and relief from whatever woes they may be experiencing, and just a really great time with community.”

The show is at 7:30 p.m. at the Haliburton Legion with opener Albert Saxby. Ticket information can be found at haliburtonfolk. com.

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