Band member Jeremy Giesbrecht admits Quonset Brothers playing schedule has been a little light so far this year, due to one thing or another, but that’s all about to change with back to back shows this weekend.

The Quonset Brothers are taking the stage at Plum Fest Friday night (August 18th), and then are wrapping up the first ever Altona Gospel Festival Saturday (August 19th).

“You have the Friday night being Plum Fest, and it’s been a while since we've played Plum Coulee, again,” explained bass player and harmony vocalist Jeremy Giesbrecht. “This would be our second time playing for Plum Fest, so excited about that. Probably a little bit more of, I don't know if you want to call it party music, but more of that type of a vibe, very much familiar songs for most people that have heard us before. Maybe another one or two songs that we know are unusual for us. Then the gospel night will be a mix of some of the gospel songs that we do, of course, mixed together with some of our other traditional music that they've heard us play before.”

The four original group members are still performing and part of the group; Darren Kehler on lead vocals, Mark Fehr on harmony vocals, acoustic guitar or mandolin, Jason Giesbrecht is the drummer and Jeremy Giesbrecht on bass and harmony vocals. The two positions that have changed from the original line-up are Lionel Penner on pedal steel guitar coming out of the Steinbach area, and Jeff Janzen on lead guitar from the Winkler area. 

Performing on back-to-back nights, a double-header if you will, is a first for Quonset Brothers.

“Very, very excited to be able to do two performances that close to each other,” shared Giesbrecht. “There is going to be a little bit of a difference in the set list, so that adds another level of challenge. That adds another level of complexity to it, but (we’re) still looking forward to it. It's going to be really fun to have two shows that close together, that's for sure.” 

And is there a new Quonset Brothers album coming in the future?

“Definitely something that's on the radar, something that we'd like to do, just a matter of finding the time and scheduling to do,” said Giesbrecht. “For our own recordings, yeah, there's been a fair amount of call for that, so hoping at some point we can take time and put something together.”

You can listen to CFAM Radio 950 Morning Show Co-Host Chris Sumner’s full conversation with Quonset Brothers band member Jeremy Giesbrecht, below.