Two distinct styles coming to Errington

Local musician opening for master Brazilian guitarist at show this weekend

Desiree Ferrero will play in Errington this weekend.

Desiree Ferrero will play in Errington this weekend.


A talented local musician and inventor of the StrumCane will be opening for award-winning Brazilian guitarist Celso Machado at the Errington Hall this Saturday.

Locals may have seen 24-year-old guitarist Desiree Ferrero busking in the area, or playing local fairs and markets in the summer. She plays her own distinctive style of “slap harmonics” where she plays her guitar “like a piano” with both fingers on the fret board at the same time.

She’ll open the show at the Errington Hall with some original tunes, she may sing, and depending on time, perform a couple of covers.

Machado is based in Gibsons, B.C. and was crowned World Solo Artist of the Year at the Canadian Folk Music Awards in 2008. He has also been nominated for four Juno awards among many other achievements. He is a multi-instrumentalist and composer, and his music has Brazilian, European, African and Portuguese influences, among other world music inspirations.

Machado will be interviewed during the McMillan Art Centre’s (The MAC) Musically Speaking series on Jan 12 at 2 p.m. and then will play at the Errington Hall following Ferrero at 8 p.m. Get tickets to Musically Speaking at the door of the MAC for $10, $5 for students. For tickets to the Errington Hall head to Cranky Dog Music in Parksville, Heaven on Earth in Qualicum Beach or the Errington Store. Tickets are $20 for adults, children 12 and under are $5 and under 5’s are free.

For more information call The MAC 250-248-8185 or For more on Machado visit