Family concert today as Diamond plays Unchagah Sunday afternoon

Sunday afternoon sees a family show for all ages take the Unchagah stage, as Charlotte Diamond has come to Dawson Creek.

Diamond who started along her musical path by teaching Grade 7 in Abbotsford when she was 19.

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“I was learning to integrate music into almost everything I was doing education-wise, teaching certainly started this,” she says.

A career in the early 80s as a folk performer added to the Diamond mine, if you will. 

“It was an experience learning about performance, production, and sound design as well.”

Her first LP, 10 Carrot Diamond is a collection of folk and language songs about parents and children. She picked up some keen advice with the project at the time, and submitted the work for a Juno. She was nominated, and won the Juno award for Best Children’s album in 1986. She was then on the run, recording sometimes two albums in a calendar year. 

“It was really from a love of performance.”

Diamond noted the family and children’s genre was the easiest for keeping her family unit together. 

“The songs are from life, inspirations around me. I sing in the car, sometimes use a tune catcher, and write songs on piano, or guitar.  It is mainly pretty free, and organic creation.”

Diamond is returning to Dawson Creek for the concert Sunday as well as for workshop hosting at the Aim for Excellence Conference on Oct. 22 and 23 in Dawson Creek.   She says the trick is to get the visual and action - along with the audio of the song for kids or adults – then it sinks in.

“When the mind and body are both engaged, everything is working, and the concepts and songs can find themselves getting into your long-term memory.”

Diamond will be autographing her CD’s and music books after the show. The concert goes Sunday, Oct. 21 at 2pm. Tickets at the door.

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