Demons and Wizards – Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver – 21st August 2019

Wednesday night was s special one at the Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver.  Three bands were making their first appearance at the venue. Tyr opened the proceedings with their unique blend of Faroese folk metal. Next up on the bill it was a return to full on 80 theatrics with Lizzy Borden talking the stage.  Headlining tonight were Demons and Wizards. Continue reading “Demons and Wizards – Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver – 21st August 2019”

Lizzy Borden – Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver – 21st August 2019

It should come as no surprise that Lizzy Borden’s first visit to Vancouver on Wednesday was full of theatrical drama. Lizzy has long been big on showmanship, and this show was no exception. The band were second on an eclectic bill saw Demons and Wizards first ever show in Canada, and a great opening from Faroese metalheads Tyr.
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Týr – Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver 21st August 2019

Tonight was my first time seeing Faroese folk metal band Týr, but they are not the first artist from the Faroe Islands, as I managed to catch Eivør last year when she opened for Norwegian band Wardruna on their Vancouver tour date. Týr were in town opening for Demons and Wizards, and promoting their latest album Hel, the bands eighth, which was released earlier this … Continue reading Týr – Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver 21st August 2019

Qristina and Quinn Bachand – CBC Plaza, Vancouver – 12th August, 2019

CBC Plaza – Vancouver

During today’s show by Qristina and Quinn Bachand, it was mentioned that Qristina and a Degree in infectious diseases. I am not sure if there the band used this to their advantage, as there was certainly something infectious about their performance at the CBC Plaza this lunchtime.
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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”