Oh, Sarnia. I grew up there and have been waiting to feature this fine city on #49Above. It’s a beautiful place with loads of sandy beaches, outdoor activities and good folks. It can be a challenge to be “stuck” there when you’re a teenager, as other cities aren’t exactly quick to get to. Toronto is 3 hours away, Detroit is about 2 hours away, so sometimes it’s best to stick close to home and do whatever crazy stuff you need to do.
These young women are Erika and Sara (Erika Sit & Sara Campbell) and are technically from Petrolia (even smaller than Sarnia, but close enough for non-locals to ignore the difference). They have strong vocals and some powerful songs. They’ve been playing many gigs around Southwestern Ontario, and have even played with the one-and-only Chris Hadfield (say what?!) during his recent forays into musical performance. With one album under their belts, they have expanded to be a “band” and now include two dudes to fill out the sound and give the audience a full-band experience.
Check these couple of tracks. Chasing the Rain, in particular, has a lovely melody, and shows just how good a “demo” recording can be.
You can see more at their website. In my view, if you like Emm Gryner (a friend of theirs), Cheryl Crow, Joel Plaskett, etc…you’ll like this.
And a big thanks to Cheeky Monkey (Sarnia’s indie record shop!) for the recommendation.
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3 thoughts on “49 Above: Sarnia’s Killer Duo Erika and Sara”
Their demo disc is an excellent piece of work, better than much of what’s released commercially. Better yet they have an enormous amount of potential yet to be tapped. It’s good to see people noticing how much they have to offer wherever they go.
All the best,
so proud of you girls
I’m one of the “dudes” backlining these two lovely talented ladies. They are amazing artists and incredible to work with. In the few months my longtime friend and musical counterpart Scotty have been working with them it’s been full of surprises and fun.
They are the real deal and the sky is the limit for them.
Thanks for the great article!