Magic of Sid and Lena

Duo returns to Ladysmith

Sid and Lena will take the Amphitheatre stage on July 31 for the next of the Concerts in the Park Series.

Sid and Lena will take the Amphitheatre stage on July 31 for the next of the Concerts in the Park Series.

The magic melodies of Sid & Lena will take over the Transfer Beach Amphitheatre for the latest in the Concerts in the Park series on July 31 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.


Sidney Johnson, who makes up one half of Sid & Lena, says it will be the local duo’s first public performance since May.


“People can expect a lot of passion and a deep love of music, as we re-unite after a long hiatus to explore the edges of Canadiana, rock and pop,” he said.


Johnson’s ‘partner in rhyme’ Lena Birtwistle said spectators will enjoy their unique chemistry as two musicians stemming from different backgrounds.


“He comes from more of a jamming background, I come from a classical piano background but something just always clicks. I’ve tried working with other people and there’s just something really magical that happens when we’re working together,” Birtwistle said. “Our voices somehow really work together.”


Johnson and Birtwistle have been working together musically for the last three and a half years and have released one album under the name Adamantines. Their work can also be found on iTunes.


The two came together after Johnson heard Birtwistle singing on the streets of Ladysmith. Birtwistle said she had been looking to work with another musician at the time.


“It was mostly a lot of talking and a lot of trying to figure out what songs would work,” Birtwistle said. “He’s got that creative disorganized mentality and I’m really organized and like to have everything in its place. Now that we’ve been playing together its been molded into a roots/rock sound.”


Birtwistle said she would like to perform more in the community of Ladysmith, which she calls home.


“I’ve always found Ladysmith to be arts focused and supportive of the music scene.”


She said she is excited to be a part of the Concerts in the Park lineup again this year.


“That particular concert is really great because so many people get to come out and the times I’ve gone to see the other artists, there’s always such good attendance,” she said. “When you have a good show you feel like you’ve given back something positive.”


The Concerts in the Park is a fundraiser organized by the Ladysmith Resources Centre. Admission is by donation.

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