Moose Jaw’s Megan Nash is Unabashed Twang Core

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Folk musician leads double life as member of indie group PandaCorn

Megan Nash may be one of the most ambitious musicians in Saskatchewan.

Aside from her eponymous folk/country/singsong project, she has collaborated with several other musicians, toured across the country and released a full-length album. She helps run a performance space in Moose Jaw called The Last Resort.

Nash also plays in a duo called PandaCorn who has to be seen to be believed – the costumes alone are worth the price of admission.

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Performing as a duo on January 31 at Saskatoon’s The Woods Ale House, Ominocity caught up with Nash who shared her experiences as both a performer and a promoter in Moose Jaw.

“When on tour in other cities we would have such great experiences,” says Nash on why she started promoting house shows. “We wanted to recreate those experiences for people when they would come to our town. They are about creating a safe space where the music is the main reason for being there. People of all walks of life come together to enjoy an intimate concert experience. And an artist that is unknown in Moose Jaw will have a crowd to perform too.

“We do the house shows because we are artists too. I guess it’s a way to give back.”

Nash says that she and her musical partner in crime, Brodie Mohninger – who also plays in PandaCorn, will be heading into the studio to begin pre-production on her upcoming full-length album. Nash also plans on getting matching tattoos with her Dad.

“Tractors cause we are twang core like that,” she says.

In the meantime, Nash says to expect plenty more shows and mini-tours, including the occasional foray into stadium shows.

“I was asked to perform at the grand opening of Mosaic Stadium in Moose Jaw,” says Nash. “It was an honour to be the first act to play there. I put together a band. There aren’t many places to play with a full band so this was special for the gig. It was in November. I wore a mustache. I left it open to interpretation. I just played my set.

“Some people loved it. Of course it was lost on some. Some were offended. I was told an older lady complained to a local festival that had booked me. She said she didn’t want me to play it because she thought I was on drugs. But apparently she loved our set and apologized to who she complained too.

“That’s gigging in Moose Jaw.”

-Photo borrowed from Megan Nash’s Facebook profile – photo credit: Brittany Kaleka