Cousin Harley – a double helping of Rockabilly

CBC Plaza and Harmony Arts Festival

Paul Pigat has a few projects on the go, but the one that has been his main passion for many years is Cousin Harley, a rockabilly three-piece that was once called the “Motorhead of Rockabilly” . On Friday I was lucky enough to see the band twice in one day.  They did a noon show at the CBC Plaza in Vancouver, and then headed over to the North Shore to help kick off this year’s Harmony Arts Festival in West Van.

Front Country – Vancouver Folk Music Festival 2019

Vancouver Folk Music Festival 2019

With musical backgrounds in everything from roots-rock to world music to the classics, it would seem that west coast bluegrass would be an odd choice the members of Front Country.  It might just be that diversity that gives the band it’s unique sound in this genre.  The band had been jamming for a while before entering a band competition at a bluegrass festival.  Following a surprise win, the band were truly on their way.

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Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers – VFMF 2019

Vancouver Folk Music Festival 2019

Zydeco music was born out of south west Louisiana from a mixture of traditional Cajun music, mixed with R&B, jazz and gospel. However, over the last 100 years this style has spread its wings to other parts of the US and further afield, originally as French-speaking and Louisiana Creole speaking Créoles left the state to look for better economic opportunities. Continue reading “Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers – VFMF 2019”

GALLERY: Oktopus – Vancouver Folk Music Festival

Vancouver Folk Music Festival 2019

Quebec based Oktopus used the Vancouver Folk Music Festival as the kick off to a Western Canada tour that will wrap up at the 3-day Canmore Music Festival from August 3rd  – 5th. The eclectic band blend music from Eastern Europe, the Balkans and Quebec into non-stop extravaganza which is a feast for the eyes as well as the ears.

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Vancouver Folk Music Festival 2019 – Latin Flavours

Vancouver Folk Music Festival 2019

If you are looking for diversity, then The Vancouver Folk Musical Festival this weekend was the place to be.  In addition to attracting a solid line up of performers from across several musical genres, as always, this year’s event had performers from across Canada and across the world. This mix is one of the things that makes the event special both for local audiences, and those who travel from far and wide to attend the three-day event.

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GALLERY: The Heels – CBC Plaza, Vancouver – 24th July, 2019

CBC Plaza
Vancouver

The Heels brought a bright country feel to the CBC Plaza in Vancouver on Wednesday. The three-woman group based out of BC have all had solo careers, and had constantly run into each other, so it was almost inevitable that this vibrant posse were at some point going to come together to create something special. Continue reading “GALLERY: The Heels – CBC Plaza, Vancouver – 24th July, 2019”

GALLERY: Andrew Phelan – CBC Plaza, Vancouver – 23rd July, 2019

CBC Plaza – Vancouver

Andrew Phelan is an Australian musician who now calls Vancouver home.  After leaving Australia, Andrew made his way circuitous way north, from Los Angeles, via Chicago and Portland, before landing up in a crappy house, with what turned out to be some great new friends. After a while of performing at local open mic’s notable at the cafe deux soleil, Andrew formed the Folk-Rock band The River and The Road. Continue reading “GALLERY: Andrew Phelan – CBC Plaza, Vancouver – 23rd July, 2019”