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The Sweet Lowdown and The Unfaithful Servants

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Oak Bay Recreation Centre - Upstairs Lounge

1975 Bee Street

Oak Bay, BC V8R 5E6

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WHAT AN EPIC DOUBLE BILL FEATURE!!!

With the rough waters of the Pacific around them and the wilds of the Canadian North above them, THE SWEET LOWDOWN (Amanda Blied, guitar; Miriam Sonstenes, fiddle; Tad Ruszel, mandolin) have developed original acoustic roots music that draws from earth and sky. You’ll hear influences as far-ranging as Appalachian fiddling, contemporary pop, Celtic jigs and a blend of driving tradition and ground-breaking originality. The Sweet Lowdown draw on traditional styles, but are not beholden to them, instead blazing a new trail with original songwriting and innovative instrumentals.

The Sweet Lowdown released their latest album in 2019, an EP consisting of 6 original songs showcasing skillful songwriting and intricate arrangements. Ranging from folk-pop to bluegrass, with signature three part harmonies throughout, this album is sure to please long time fans, as well as those hearing them for the first time.

Since first coming together in 2007, The Sweet Lowdown have recorded three full length albums, two EPs, among other projects, received numerous awards and award nominations, toured Canada, the US and the UK. Highlights include performances at the Canadian Folk Music Awards, Canmore Folk Fest and a tour with Stuart McLean and the Vinyl Cafe in 2015. In 2017 banjo player and founding member Shanti Bremer left the band to pursue other goals and The Sweet lowdown was joined in 2018 by Tad Ruszel on mandolin, vocals and guitar. Expect to hear much of The Sweet Lowdown's original material with a slight new twist, along with brand new music penned by all three members.

The Sweet Lowdown have the ability to play to and engage a diverse audience - young and old, lovers of traditional music as well as those new to it. As well as sharing their love of music in performance, the band has taught instrumental workshops and harmony singing at camps and festivals across Canada.

The Unfaithful Servants have quickly gained a reputation in Western Canada as a must-see act. With an original and exciting approach to acoustic music, the group serves up explosive instrumentals, compelling story-telling and high-powered vocals. As Kelly Nakatsuka (Islands Folk Festival, CBC host) describes "The Unfaithful Servants are one of the most exciting bands from Vancouver Island in some time...gorgeous harmonies and fine song writing, beautiful instrumental interplay and some seriously rippin' solos." With critically acclaimed performances under their belt (Vancouver Island MusicFest, Salmon Arm Roots & Blues, The Islands Folk Festival) their debut album continues to build upon that buzz.

The Unfaithful Servants’ debut album, released in June 2019, is a stunning collection of bluegrass / folk songs that traverse borders and (at times) genres. The group knows something about drawing inspiration from rebellion and restlessness. This struggle with finding a solid footing in life manifests itself within their process, and gathering from their myriad travels and connections - they have created something that is both familial and engaging. “We represent a tradition of music that stems from The US but we are uniquely Canadian,” says singer-songwriter Dylan Stone. “The level of performance in the acoustic music genre, combined with the type of song-writing and delivery is not a common act to see in Canada. There are lots of great instrumentalists and song-writers who stem from traditional backgrounds, however we have come to see that our heart and soul does not live in the traditional string music world and we bring something different to the table.”

Since the group founded in 2017, they have been continuously pushing forward the limits of traditional music and have a strong foundation of experience and skill to boast. Watch for The Servants in 2020 to advance the momentum they’ve build upon their live shows and debut album.

https://www.unfaithfulservants.com

The Upstairs Lounge is a licensed restaurant and bar, doors open at 6 pm for dinner service, the concert starts at 7:30 pm. Please note this is a Listening Venue.

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