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West My Friend / Press

"This band will knock off all your socks. They are so talented, so unique, so wonderful. Of all the artists we've hosted, we listen to West My Friend CDs more than any other. WE LOVE WEST MY FRIEND!!!"

“West My Friend instantly affects a feeling of familiarity. Their broad take on folk not only encompasses traditional folk from Cape Breton, but moves into the coffee houses San Francisco in the 60s. And hey, let's throw some cabaret in there for good measure. Folk is merely a jumping off point leading to gems like the majestic fanfare of "Missing You" and more intimate numbers like "Ode To Sylvia Plath". There is a certain whimsy to some of their work, but it isn't foolish at all. Rather, it describes a broad range of emotions without apologizing for their hand in the result of said emotions. This album is the culmination of some pretty stellar musicians that are very comfortable speaking each others' languages. When The Ink Dries is a stunning follow up that proves that West My Friend won't be in the shadows for long.”

James Dineen, Music Director - KZME Radio

“This album is a rare gem that brings together the best of so many things... there's echoes of old world klezmer music, anthems that soar like Broadway show tunes, and vocal harmonies that would be envy of the best old-time bluegrass bands. It's all wrapped up with beautiful mandolin and accordion notes that have me hitting the repeat button.”

Jo-Ann Roberts, Host - All Points West, CBC Radio One

"This was our audience's first introduction to West My Friend, but it only took a matter of seconds for them to fall in love with this band. Clever songwriting, great vocals and masterful musicianship is always a great combination, and mixed with the natural charm of each of the bandmates, it made for a really memorable night of music."

“Quirky and tight.”

"West My Friend offers a sound of true Canadiana achieved via extraordinary musicianship. Eden Oliver's vocals are powerfully eclectic, bridging the gap between east coast Cape Breton and Vancouver Island."

"The four members of the band are positive, energetic, hard-working individuals, and above all, they are all extremely talented. Their cheery, warm indie folk songs are a very welcome part of the vibrant Victoria music scene."

Rose Jang - Village 900 Radio

"Their live performances are excellent, and very engaging. The band is clearly very well-rehearsed and dedicated to giving their audiences a meaningful and memorable experience."

Genevieve Dale - CFUV 101.9FM