Quirky acoustic band West My Friend is bringing their musical talents to Fernie tonight. Fusing a unique blend of instruments and four part harmonies, the B.C. band will be showing off tracks from their second album.
When The Ink Dries features the four core musicians of the group as they create rich, orchestral arrangements that illustrate the maturity, musicianship, and multi-instrumental abilities of each member. The album also includes memorable guest musicians drawn from different inspirations such as the Victoria Symphony and the Buena Vista Social Club. The group’s collaboration with Grammy award-winning producer Joby Baker and Juno award-winner David Travers-Smith is a significant step forward for this promising young folk-roots band.
“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 the envy of the best old-time bluegrass bands,” said Jo-Ann Roberts, host of All Points West on CBC Radio One. “It’s all wrapped up with beautiful mandolin and accordion notes that have me hitting the repeat button.”
West My Friend’s wealth of musical experience and classical training creates an interesting backdrop for their songwriting, allowing for levels of detail, intricacy, and counterpoint, balanced with moments of simplicity. Their adventurous approach to music defines the band as a key part of a growing movement of the new generation of grass-roots folk music talking place in Victoria, Vancouver, and across British Columbia.
Check out the band for yourself when they play the Clawhammer Letterpress and Gallery tonight.