0728 – An Evening with The Slocan Ramblers

An Evening with The Slocan Ramblers

Doors open at 6.30 pm. Concert begins at 7.30 pm. Tickets: $20 CAD online or at the door.

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The Slocan Ramblers are Canada’s young bluegrass band to watch. Rooted in the tradition, fearlessly creative, and possessing a bold, dynamic sound, The Slocans (2015 Edmonton Folk Fest Emerging Artist Award recipients), have quickly become a leading light of Canada’s roots music scene, built on their reputation for energetic live shows, impeccable musicianship and their uncanny ability to convert anyone within earshot into a lifelong fan.

On their new album, Coffee Creek (2015) The Slocan Ramblers blend lightning fast and devilishly intricate instrumentals with the sawdust-thick vocals of singer Frank Evans, who takes lead on songs ranging from rowdy old-time numbers like “Groundhog,” to a Dustbowl classic like Woody Guthrie’s “Pastures of Plenty.” “Toronto audiences don’t respond to a clean, polished Nashville sound,” tune composer and mandolinist Adrian Gross explains. “They dig a lot of energy in their music, a rowdy bar vibe. They’re hard to win over.” But The Slocan Ramblers have won them over, moving from a young ensemble of bluegrass pickers to one of the best known Canadian roots bands. 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.

This is roots music without pretension, music intended to make you feel something, music to get you moving in a crowded bar. The Slocan Ramblers recorded Coffee Creek the same way they perform on stage: standing up, leaning into the music, and pushing harder and harder for that edge just beyond.

The Slocans are:

Frank Evans: Banjo

Adrian Gross: Mandolin

Darryl Poulsen: Guitar

Alastair Whitehead: Bass


“Traditional Album of the Year Nominee” – Canadian Folk Music Awards (2016)

“Emerging Artist Award” – Edmonton Folk Fest (2015)

“The Slocan Ramblers put on one of the most vibrant shows of acoustic music I’ve seen in some time. It’s rare for Canadians (especially young Canadians) to play this music with such authority, passion and yet ability for experimentation. Chops galore, and a handsome bunch of fellas” – Tom Power – Host of CBC’s “q”

“This Canadian quartet captures the breadth and depth of bluegrass that bands in the chilly North aspire to. […] If you’ve grown tired of the same old sounds, here’s a band who reinvents a genre that’s growing through many changes of late.” – Bluegrass Unlimited

0609 – Banjo Dan’s Bluegrass Revue

New England’s top bluegrass show returns to the Haskell Opera House on Friday, June 9 at 7:30 PM.  Since 2013 a top draw at this fabled theatre straddling the US/Canada border at Derby Line, Vermont and Stanstead, Quebec, the show has moved to an early summer slot for the first time. Bluegrass fans on both sides of the line are invited to kick off a summer of great music with New England bluegrass at its best.

The Revue once again combines the talents of two of the best in the business.  Bob Amos & Catamount Crossing has emerged as the top bluegrass band in the Northeast.  Led by award-winning songwriter Bob Amos, this band has it all.  The vocal mix, featuring Bob and Sarah Amos, runs the gamut from hard-edged to bluesy, dynamic to soulful.  The instrumental work on banjo, fiddle and mandolin is brilliant.  The band’s last two CDs have gained several “best of” rewards and their stage show never fails to excite audiences wherever they play.

The Sky Blue Boys – Banjo Dan and Willy Lindner – carry on in the tradition of the legendary Banjo Dan and the Mid-nite Plowboys, who first brought bluegrass to the Haskell in 2000 and enjoyed a huge following around the Northeast for four decades.  Augmented this year by the stellar Carrie Cook on bass, they offer up a fascinating mix of traditional and original songs, capturing the spirit of the pioneers who put this stirring American music on the map in the middle part of the last century.

“This is a dream team,” says producer Dan Lindner.  “I don’t believe fans of this music will find a better show in the Northeast this summer, and I know for sure they won’t find a better place in which to hear it.  The Haskell Opera House has all the charm and ambience an audience or performer could ask for and has been my favorite venue for years.  We’re looking forward to seeing all our Canadian and Northeast Kingdom fans and delivering another dynamite show this year.”

Tickets are just $20, U.S. or Canadian, available in advance at www.haskellopera.com  / (802)873-3022×205 or (819)876-2471×205 and Catamount Arts, www.catamountix.org / (802)748-2600 or (888)757-5559.  They may also be purchased in advance at Country Thyme Vermont, 60 Route 111 in Derby, VT (802)766-2852 and barring a sellout (always a possibility with this popular show) should be available at the door.