Bio: “Hypnotic songwriting, a voice to melt you from the inside out, all supported and propelled forward by a trance inducing rhythm section. And they look like guys you'd want to take home and introduce to your grandma, yet underneath this charming exterior, there is an ever so slight gun slinging ba... See Full BioMore Info
Mike Edel is no stranger to touring, he has toured across Western Canada 5 times and the Pacific Coastal States on 3 occasions. Since relocating to Victoria, Edel has grown to be one of the city’s best singer/songwriters. He’s performed at The Rifflandia Festival, The Tongue on the Post Folk Festival, selected as the Peak Performance Projects Top 20 artists in BC 2012, and won Rawlco Radio’s 10K20 grant while playing alongside Vince Vaccaro, Aidan Knight, Michael Bernard Fitzgerald and Chad Van Gaalen.
The reigning Canadian champion of “Hillbilly Bop” – a style that combines the best of Honky tonk, Country Swing, Roots Rockabilly, Jazz and Blues – Alistair’s musical approach is reverent to the past yet unique in style. Though thoroughly competent, Christl takes his music outside the box, viewing purists as a pack of sniveling weaklings bent on destroying creativity. What results is a road house throwback that can wake the dead. Having spent over 10 years touring Canada and the States, Alistair has established himself as a dominant force in the roots music scene. From house concerts to burlesque festivals his music appeals across the board. An esteemed lyricist and songsmith, he’s released 2 CDs (Unmarked Grave 2007 and 8 Songs by Alistair Christl 2011), is currently working on a third, and has written and arranged music for theater and film. A versatile guitar slinger, Alistair has backed the likes of Rockabilly hall of famer Ronnie Hayward, Genie Nominee Terra Hazelton, Ginger St. James, Big Rude Jake and countless others; artists from whom he has learned much (and stolen a thing or two). Probably the best show you'll see this year.
STRING BRIDGES - Joel Cochrane, Tj Waltho and Tom Wyman, Three guys, acoustic guitars, a bass, an organ, harmonicas and thought filled lyrics, this is String Bridges. They are up and comers in this broadly dubbed Progressive Folk scene, bringing all styles of music together in a mosaic, fused with acoustic guitars. This Indie band has released their freshmen album filled with genre crossing compositions, amazing musicianship and creative, thought provoking lyrics. STEVE BROCKLEY - biographical info Folk Music isn’t usually this greasy. Born in B.C., formed in Montreal, and currently based out of a Buick wood-paneled wagon, Steve Brockley has somehow convinced Kevin Bertram (upright bass) and Leon Power (drums, mandolin) that this is a good idea. Maybe it helps that the numbers of the convinced have been growing since beginning a relentless tour schedule in March 2010 in support of their first full length album. After winning audiences over in Montreal, the musical brothership wasted no time taking it to the road. At the root of what’s going on here are the songs; songs that other songwriters are already covering. And if you come for the songs you’ll stay for the musicianship. You’ve got a lot to choose from between Kevin Bertram’s percussive double bass swagger, Leon Power’s grunt-worthy beats and Steve Brockley’s finger picked electric guitar tactics. Perhaps the words of their peers describe this unique experience the best. “Hypnotic songwriting, a voice to melt you from the inside out, all supported and propelled forward by a trance inducing rhythm section. And they look like guys you’d want to take home and introduce to your grandma, yet underneath this charming exterior, there is an ever so slight gun slinging badassness” - T.Nile “Steve and the lads make up one of the tightest trio’s I’ve ever seen, the music that comes forth is nothing less than awesome, not “that’s rad dude” awesome but the origin of the term, to hold you in pause – to inspire awe. An album and live show that hold you.” - Gern F. of the United Steel Workers of Montreal “Imagine if Gillian Welch married Stevie Wonder and the baby jumped out wearing cowboy boots and driving a wood-paneled station wagon named John Candy. I love these guys!” - Miss Emily Brown