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When love comes to town - Folk group bringing music to Island

Diyet and the Love Soldiers are coming to Charlottetown April 4.
Diyet and the Love Soldiers are coming to Charlottetown April 4. - Contributed
CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. —

A popular folk band is coming to the Island this spring.

Diyet and The Love Soldiers will begin their 2019 touring season in Charlottetown this April.

Combining alternative country, folk, roots and traditional, Diyet will incorporate the Southern Tutchone language as well.

“I hope the listener will experience, in their own way, some of our culture,” Diyet said. “Our songs are rooted in the land and our community.”

She’s currently working on a project to revitalize, relearn and rerecord songs that have been hidden for nearly eighty years.

The United Nations declared 2019 the International Year of Indigenous Language, and Diyet is eager to share her love for her roots with all of Canada, starting in P.E.I.

 "The first show we played in the Love Soldiers configuration was in Charlottetown. I didn’t realize there were jumbotron screens on the side of the stage so when I saw myself up there singing back at me I jumped. Looking forward to coming back to the beautiful Prince Edward Island,” said Diyet.

Diyet and The Love Soldiers include Diyet, the singer, and her backing band made up of her husband and writing partner Robert van Lieshout and Juno Award-winning producer Bob Hamilton. After spending the winter’s embrace in a small indigenous community in the Kluane region of Canada’s Yukon they are welcoming spring with a Canadian tour.

“This is such a big country. There is always somewhere new to discover and amazing people to meet,” said Diyet.

She recently opened the Arctic Inspiration Prize ceremonies with her music and the group is nominated for the 2019 Folk Album of the Year to be awarded at the Indigenous Music Awards in May.

“It’s an energizing way to start a tour, carrying the confidence of having your work acknowledged by your peers,” said Diyet. “We’re in good company with the other nominees and in a way, they’re all with us on this tour. It’s going to be an amazing journey.”

Diyet and the Love Soldiers perform Thursday, April 4, at 7:30 p.m. at Confederation Centre/MacKenzie Theatre in Charlottetown.

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