Back Porch Swing, a musical duo made up of Jim and Penny Malmberg, will be playing at the Gog March 26.
The married couple have been making folk and bluegrass music since 2003 and this past March 11 celebrated 15 years together with a show in Edmonton, Alta.
As creative and life partners, Jim Malmberg says their shared passion for music has brought them closer, and especially made travelling as a band a lot more comfortable.
"Making music with your partner is the most wonderful thing. It’s great to share a passion in our lives, and music in particular is about connecting emotionally."
Jim was the person who initially convinced Penny to begin singing and playing in public. Their repertoire is a combination of songs written by both members separately, but sometimes they get together to co-write a tune, says Malmberg.
As for the influence of their music, Malmberg says they are most attracted to acoustic music, with guitars and mandolin. Along with folk and bluegrass, Malmberg says old-time swing and blues can also be heard in their arrangements.
They are always trying for a variety of moods in their shows, too. Says Malmberg, referring to one show in particular, "After playing our first set of mostly 'feel good' music, a woman approached us at the beak and asked, ‘don’t you guys know any downer songs?’ Of course we obliged her in the next set."
Back Porch Swing is currently on their "Saskatchewan Romance" tour in support of their latest release, "I Already Love You."
As always, the show at the Gog is $20 per person and all money goes to the artists. There will also be a donation jar to cover food and drinks. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m. You can register via email@example.com or text 306-481-3656.