A songwriter who has remained part of the fabric of Canadian pop and folk music for almost 40 years will play the Grist Mill and Gardens in Keremeos Thursday evening.

Valdy, best known for his folk anthem Play Me a Rock and Roll Song — his bitter-sweet memory of finding himself, a relaxed and amiable story-teller, facing a rambunctious audience at the Aldergrove Rock Festival circa 1968 — has sold almost half a million copies of his 13 albums, has two Juno Awards (Folk Singer of the Year and Folk Entertainer of the Year), a total of seven Juno nominations and four Gold albums to his credit.

His show goes at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 and are available at the Grist Mill front desk, by phone at 250-499-2888 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. or on the Grist Mill website.

Some tickets may also be available at the door, depending on availability, but a small surcharge will apply.

Valdy has taken his music to a dozen different countries, from Denmark to Australia and been an often-invited performer at the prestigious Kerrville Festival in Texas. His past television appearances include Canada AM and Open Mike with Mike Bullard.

Valdy has also been a panelist on Front Page Challenge, and played a lead role in an episode of The Beachcombers original series.

Along the way, he has become known as a man with a thousand friends — from Newfoundland to Vancouver Island to Texas to New Zealand. He’s a singer, guitarist and songwriter who catches the small but telling moments that make up life.

Valdy is just one of the performers the Grist Mill and Gardens will be hosting in July, August and September as part of an evening concert series.

Patrons are encouraged to bring their own blankets and low-rise lawn chairs; taller chairs are also welcome, but you may be asked to sit in the back to avoid obstructing the view of others.

Water bottles (reusable or factory-sealed) are OK, but outside food or drinks are prohibited on site. The Grist Mill & Gardens will be operating a concession at each show.