Freddie and Sheila Pelletier, from Birch Hills, SK have been performing together for over 20 years. Freddie has played music professionally since 1969, played guitar for Ferlin Husky and toured extensively with singer-songwriter, Ian Tyson. Together Freddie and Sheila created the Pelletier Guitar and Music Camp that operated for 12 years. Freddie and Sheila have spent the past 16 years performing across the southern USA and when they're home they perform across western Canada for any event you can imagine.
Freddie and Sheila’s Career Highlights Together
2002 – 2013 Owned and operated the Pelletier Guitar and Music Camp at their home outside Birch Hills. The camp saw up to 60 participants per week over three weeks each summer.
USA tour of Texas, Arizona, and California in the winter months in RV and golf resorts for the past 16 years. You can find the dates and places for their upcoming US tour schedule by going to the Show Schedule.
20 CD's, 3 DVD's and one book as seen in their Store.
2012 – 2016 Hosted a concert series at the Moose Jaw Cultural Centre featuring special guests.
Before we met we both pursued solo careers ...
On lead acoustic and electric guitar and vocals, Freddie demonstrates his French Canadian heritage by clogging while playing guitar. He emulates the work of Chet Atkins, Jerry Reed and others by playing classic country, bluegrass and 60's rock instrumentals. Freddie’s sense of humor brings a comedic element to his performance promising an entertaining show every time.
He started his professional career in 1969 playing bars and clubs across Canada and the USA. In 1972 he released his first album on Quality Records where two singles hit #10 on the Canadian country charts. A few years later he released a second album but the country music scene was changing and unfortunately for Freddie, instrumental albums would be all but extinct on country radio.
He spent time playing for a wide array of acts and tried his luck in Nashville and Toronto before compiling a group of Calgary musicians to form his own band "The Northwest Rebellion." They acted as house band for two years at the Ranchman's, a famed Calgary hot spot, backing up Nashville and Canadian acts. Around this time his band began backing up singer-songwriter, Ian Tyson. He spent a few years away from the country music scene building a business in Calgary, AB but returned with a renewed passion for the guitar.
2016 - Awarded the Sk Country Music Assoc. Legend and Legacy Award
Freddie has worked with Gene Watson, Ferlin Husky, Red Sovine, to name a few. Toured with singer-songwriter Ian Tyson for a number of years. From the Tommy Hunter Show he worked with fiddler Al Cherney and Donna and Leroy.
Six years on nationally televised country music show "Number One West"
Previous endorsements with Peavey and Fury guitars, Elixir Strings
Instructional video "Hot Practical Country Guitar Licks" was the Ruemark video distribution company's #14 bestseller.
Toured across North America, England, France, Scotland, Norway, Sweden, and the Shetland Islands.
Produced a Beginner Guitar DVD with his son, Clint.
Sheila, on vocals and rhythm guitar, sings classic country, folk, 60's rock, gospel and yodels.
Sheila has been singing as long as she can remember and became interested in pursuing it as a career in 1993. By this time she had been singing in a local country band since her high school years and was enjoying a career as a Registered Nurse. She later formed her own band with the help of Freddie and friend, bassist, Blaine Yandt. Sheila played the local festival circuit including the Big Valley Jamboree in Craven, Saskatchewan. Later Freddie and Sheila put together a dance band that included Freddie’s son, Clint.
Sheila credits Freddie’s determination to make her into a solid rhythm guitar player as the reason they have continued to make music their living. This allowed them to start performing as an acoustic duo for concert style shows. By this time Clint had moved to Edmonton, AB. When he could join them they would perform as the Pelletier Family trio.
YWCA Women of Distinction Award in the Arts category with the group 'For the Love of Music', a seven piece all female group that Sheila was involved with.
Saskatchewan Bud Country Talent Search winner 1993
1993 performance at Canadian Country Music Week events
Nominations for the Saskatchewan Country Music Association Female Vocalist and Most Promising Entertainer categories.
CD single releases to Canadian country radio stations that earned airplay in the 1990’s