By Jasmine Franklin
A positive message was delivered from a six-member family band Nov. 22 at the Country Christmas Opry.
“It doesn’t matter your situation there is always hope,” said Darin Larsgard. “God cares about everybody.”
The audience couldn’t help but to tap their feet and smile at the Kinsmen Community Centre while watching the family of parents JoLynn on mandolin; Darin, guitar; children Nathan, bass; Davin, banjo; Levi, fiddle; and although everyone shares vocals, that’s daughter Justine’s specialty.
While playing bluegrass and old country music, the family shared personal stories about their journey.
One involves a 150 year old fiddle that Levi plays. The fiddle belonged to Levi’s great-grandfather, and after dreaming of playing it one day he called his grandfather to locate it. The fiddle was brought to Levi in poor condition after water damage but Darin dismantled the instrument and started from scratch one.
“It’s amazing how it just fell into our lap,” Darin said. “It was meant for Levi.”
The family band began in 2003 after the family hit a crisis point.
“It brought me to my knees,” Darin said. “And that’s when I picked up my guitar, and the kids took an interest in it.”
And from there they grew, JoLynn said.
“It’s nice that we all do this together in spite of being imperfect,” JoLynn said. “We want to share hope with other people.”
The Country Christmas Opry is sponsored by the Alberta Country Gospel Oprys and the Larsgard Family Band will have their next show in Olds on Dec. 6.