Elias, Schritt and Bell – briefly together again!

For those of you who who remember “back in the day” when I used to sing in a folk trio Elias, Schritt and Bell, you may be pleased to know we are getting together for a set of music on June 14th at  the Pyramid Cabaret in Winnipeg.  


The event is sponsored my Marymound, which is is respected, multi-programed organization helping at-risk young women, and families navigate difficult days.  Extending from the vision of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd, Marymound offers secure living units, foster care, group homes, independent living programs, crisis stabalization, clinical support etc.  All of the proceeds from the evening go to benefit Marymound’s essential work.

Kyla Cederwall


The evening will begin with Kyla Cederwall – a young singer/songwriter whom I don’t know personally, but from videos available on YouTube looks to be quite a promising talent.




Don Amero

Next up will be my friend Don Amero. Don’s a wonderful singer/songwriter and person.  I’ve had him up to sing songs at my concerts and he always captivates. When discussions of this evening started, I was the one who suggested we call Don, simply because I wanted to hear him again.



Elias, Schritt and Bell / 1980

Finally, I’ll do a set in which I’ll bring up my old bandmates Tim Elias and John Schritt for a half-dozen songs or so.  Elias,Schritt and Bell were a folk trio that performed relentlessly in (mostly) Manitoba from 1979-1983.  In 1982 we released our only record, Awakening,  which dominated sales in Winnipeg for about six weeks.  It really was a magical time and looms large in my memory not only as formative , but as one of those special, unrepeatable seasons of life.


So don’t miss it!  Tickets are $25 and can be purchased in advance at Into the Music (245 McDermot Ave. Winnipeg) or by calling directly: (204) 336-5293.



Here, below, is an unreleased Elias, Schritt and Bell song that John dug up and sent to Tim and I  a couple of weeks ago – I had completely forgotten about this song.  Check out the crazy high vocals at the end! – not sure we could pull that off anymore 🙂

click song title to listen:


I Feel Alright Again | Elias, Schritt and Bell
Music and Lyric Steve Bell (1980-ish)


SHOW details:

Thursday, June 14
Pyramid Cabaret
176 Fort St.
Doors: 7 p.m.
Show: 8 p.m.

11 thoughts on “Elias, Schritt and Bell – briefly together again!

  1. I remember the band from the 80’s, used to listen to you all the time. A trip down memory lane.
    My husband Don and I enjoy your music/concerts to this day. Our first date was at your concert (13 years ago), 1st wedding anniversary celebration and all the other occasions.

  2. Wish I could be there. Great fond memories. Yes, those vocals are really up there at the end. It sounds familiar, you must have performed it several times. Do singers generally go down in range with age? (I went from soprano to tenor, skipped alto!)
    Hope you have a wonderful time at the reunion.

  3. Hi Steve,
    Just got back from your reunion with Tim Elias and John Schritt. I had an awesome time, and it looked like you guys did too. You three should put together another “new” CD even with your voices going down in range. It sounded great!!
    Take care.

  4. So, I went Into The Music this week to turn in a couple of CDs for credit and there was the 30th anniversary CD release of Awakening for $10. In 1982 I was working in Fredericton N.B. for the summer, itching to get to a Neil Young concert that evening, and the DJ says that the next song is by “ES&B.” Never heard of them. “Feeling Just Fine” came on and drew me in. Then it was gone. About a month later I heard it again, but the band’s name went by so fast I didn’t catch it. That was it. Gone

    That fall I came to Winnipeg to study. The fall of ’86 I moved here for good. I was sharing a place with a couple of guys from Winkler. I guess they knew Tim and John and they were talking about this band one night and something clicked and I asked about it and made the connection.

    But I never did get to hear that album until this week. The whole sound and feel take you back to that period and, for the most part, it holds up well. Formative time indeed.

  5. My husband and I used to see you guys play at the Brittany inn…30 yrs ago. Still have that album. Do another and take it on tour here to Edmonton. Loved your music then and now

  6. I was given a cassette copy of your songs
    by a girl friend from Calgary back in early 80’s.
    I was hooked on the melodies and the quality of your sound. Any chance of being able to buy a copy of that recording again? (album)I would pay top price for it.
    Pls let me know


  7. While living in Wpg in 82 both my boyfriend( who is now my hubby ) and l would go to The Northstar hotel on Portage ave and listen to Elias, Shritt and Bell. We even got them to autograph their album for us. Still listen to it to this day…
    Would love to see them get back together for a reunion .

  8. Is there any way to possibly get a recording of your album in ANY form (vinyl, CD, etc)? I would love to give this to my dad who was, and still is, a fan! Can’t seem to find your music anywhere. If you can point me in the right direction, I would be extremely grateful!

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