Shirley Koob, originally from the Bruno area, recently discovered a new talent, songwriting.

Koob was looking for something to do during the COVID-19 pandemic and found out about a workshop over the phone that focused on music and songwriting. She had never done anything of the sort and was intrigued to give it a shot. The workshop ran in April 2022 and went on for six weeks. She was able to work with Juno award-winning artist Eliza Doyle.

The sessions talked about many different things including the language of music. rhyming schemes, how music can heal and promote understanding and more.

Koob caught the eye and ear of Doyle and was asked to participate in a private session. During that session, Doyle talked about how the lyrics of the song Koob had written were very well done and that they should record it. One thing led to another, and the song was being recorded in Saskatoon at Skullcreek Studios. Koob was able to join online and asked to give input on how she felt the song should sound. The song was completed in May and now is helping raise awareness about the situation in Ukraine. 

The song entitled "Cries of Ukraine" discusses the war in Ukraine and the issues arising. Koob got the idea while looking at some different information that Doyle had sent out that included rhyming schemes of songs including war ballads.

A woman with a banjo

Eliza Doyle with her banjo.

Koob hopes you will appreciate the song and forward it to your friends and family. She also suggests that if you would like to donate to UCC Saskatchewan, all donations will go to support Displaced Persons from Ukraine coming to Saskatchewan. Here are two options for donating:

  • Send a cheque. Please make payable to "UCC Saskatchewan" and mail to:
    Ukrainian Canadian Congress of Saskatchewan
    Attn: "Cries of Ukraine" - Displaced Persons from Ukraine
    #4-2345 Ave C N
    Saskatoon SK S7L 5Z5
  • By credit card. Call toll-free 1-888-652-5850 ext. 101