Raised on equal parts roots music and Radiohead, Fish & Bird have received praise on both sides of the Atlantic for their refreshingly unclichéd writing. With their fourth album, Something in the Ether (released on Fiddle Head Records in September 2014), the young Canadian band continue to reimagine folk music for a new generation.
“Fish & Bird’s carefully planned, creative musical juxtapositions are a delight, all the better given the scarcity of such inventiveness in much of today’s safe, homogenised musical output.“ R2 Magazine (UK)
Fish & Bird - Something In The Ether (Official Music Video)
Confidently laying claim to the genre "indie-folk" Jenny writes complicated and unique pop-tinged landscapes. Originally from Vancouver Island, she is a seriously accomplished instrumentalist and supports her clear, sweet vocals with complex banjo and guitar parts. A rotating cast of band members includes musicians from Fish & Bird,The Deep Dark Woods, and The Bills. Her lyrics reflect a lonely upbringing deep in the woods, rife with pastoral imagery and wild animals scratching at the doors.
"I realized that this was the kind of music that a lot more people needed to hear about. It's got that special spark of life that makes a song come alive, the very rare spark that so many singer-songwriters are questing for, and so few really have." Devon Leger, No Depression
In a world where hyphenated genres are becoming the norm, all kinds of monikers are available for a contemporary folk band - post-folk, trad-core, alt-roots, tune-rock. File under World, or file under Celtic? Aerialists fits best with the beautifully contradictory term prog-trad, creating an effortless fusion between the raw intensity of traditional fiddle music and the carefully crafted soundscapes of contemporary pop music.
"Their upcoming debut draws from the wells of Swedish, Irish, and Scottish fiddle music, and adds a textural palette more akin to pop and post-rock." - Folk Radio UK
Elise Boeur and Nate Sabat play traditional music from a place where the sun forgets to rise.
Bringing their profound love of folk music and their jazz training together, Boeur and Sabat reach into the depths of the Norwegian and Swedish folk traditions to bring out the inner pulse. Exploring the microtonality and flexible time at the heart of old fiddle tunes, on hardingfele, fiddle, and bass, these young musicians play with power and delicacy.
From the oceanside forests and farms of Canada’s West Coast, comes the free-range style of O’mally, a fresh face from British Columbia’s Gulf Islands, and a breakout artist with a distinctive sound. O’mally’s well paced clawhammer banjo and acoustic guitar layer her strong and earthy vocals, culminating in a collection of delightfully orchestrated yet simple old time and folk songs.
Bull Kelp is Taylor Ashton and Zoe Guigueno. The two played together in the five-piece band Fish & Bird for two years, and when Zoe left that band the two formed Bull Kelp as a way to keep playing together and to play new tunes in a sparse musical setting. With a guitar, a banjo and an upright bass, Taylor and Zoe weave dense lyrics in harmony through unconventional chord changes.