Sweet Scarlet: A group of hard working moms coming to Sidney

Sweet Scarlet, a self-directed a cappella group based in Vancouver is a group of six moms all sharing a passion for singing.

The ladies of Sweet Scarlet. From left: June Iwagami-Pausche

Sweet Scarlet, a self-directed a cappella group based in Vancouver is a group of six moms all sharing a passion for singing.

“We kind of came together because of our passion for singing and making music together,” said one of the singers, Katy Cadman.

Three of them started the group, including Cadman, auditioning in other members, and have been singing together now for four years.

The ladies sing a wide range of music including  some world music, pop music and choral pieces.

“Whatever kind of floats our boat at the time and whatever we think sounds interesting, and we kind of re-arrange and we have some girls that do some arrangements…” said Cadman.

Cadman, who comes from a musical family, began singing when she was just five-years old in a choir in Vancouver. She went on to sing in her high school choir, which was mainly an a calppella women’s auditioned group. She sang with them from Grades 10 to 12, and competed all over Canada and the United States.

Her choir conductor at the time had retired the year she graduated  and started a community choir, where she began to sing with them. She said she and a few other keeners began to hold Monday night review sessions for everybody.

“No one showed up except for six of us and so we eventually broke away from  the community choir group and started a group called Aliqua and we were a self directed a cappella women’s group and we were together for 10 years,” she said, adding that they got signed to Network Records, and did a couple of albums with them.

The ladies have quite the busy schedule as all of them have their own day jobs too, on top of their singing.

“We’ve just been following our passion and we rehearse and we’re very diligent but the beauty is that we’re also all really good friends.”

Cadman said they are excited to come to Sidney. She said it will act as their first foray onto the Vancouver Island, as next year they plan to do a small tour of the Island.

The group has been asked by people if they’re going to make a record eventually. The answer is yes. They are currently looking into doing some recordings to get out to the fans.

Their performance will take place October 2 at St. Mary’s Church beginning at 2:30 p.m. Tickets will be available at the door or can be purchased at Tanner’s Books.

For more information people can call 250-652-1611.

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