The Slocan Ramblers at The Old Stone
Wed, Aug 10, 2016 at 7:30pm
- The Altar Cafe will be serving alcoholic beverages.
- All Ages Show
The Slocan Ramblers are Canada’s young bluegrass band to watch. Rooted in tradition, fearlessly creative, and possessing a bold, dynamic sound, The Slocans have quickly become a leading light of Canada’s roots music scene, culminating with their Edmonton Folk Fest Emerging Artist Award in 2015. Energetic live shows, impeccable musicianship and their uncanny ability to convert anyone within earshot into a lifelong fan have earned the Slocans a reputation far beyond their bluegrass base.
On their sophomore album, Coffee Creek (2015), produced by Chris Coole, The Slocan Ramblers blend lightning fast and devilishly intricate instrumentals with sawdust-thick vocals.
The Slocan Ramblers understand that if you polish up the music, you lose the raw excitement that makes it so vibrant. In the liner notes, Coole breaks it down: “What really impressed me while we were working on this album, was that, while they can pull off the precision and virtuosity that is at the backbone of bluegrass, they understand the power of the fragile moment in music.” They’ve done this by staying true to the roots of the music, not seeking to revive anything but rather to tap the rough and rowdy heart of the music.
“I love it – smokin’ bluegrass!” – BBC Radio
With Opening Act: Hutch & Gentry
David Hutchins and Darin Gentry have dedicated their lives to exploring, performing and mastering the many Avenues of traditional American Roots Music.
Hutch and Gentry have mentored under and performed with many Legends of the traditional music community, such as Lightning Wells, John cephas and Phil Wiggins, Woody Pines, Guy Davis and Dom Flemons (founding member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops). Whether it's country Blues, ragtime, fiddle Tunes or one of there many original songs, Hutch & Gentry deliver a refreshing and entertaining performance.