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November 2017 Dear friends, we have 2018 dates and a special announcement coming soon. Stay tuned!

October 2017 Dear friends, we are so happy to hear that Balsam Range took home the Album of the Year award at the International Bluegrass Music Awards earlier this month for their new release Mountain Voodoo. If you remember from last year, Darren Nicholson sings a great version of Miriam’s Don’t Walk Away on that album!

November 6 2016 We’re so thrilled that North Carolina bluegrass band Balsam Range has recorded one of our original songs (Don’t Walk Away) on their new record – which comes out next week! Here’s a review for Mountain Voodoo worth checking out: http://nodepression.com/album-review/balsam-range-mountain-voodoo

February 3, 2016:  We just received news that “River Winding Down” is nominated for Song of the Year by the International Folk Music Awards, hosted by Folk Alliance International! Congrats to all the other nominees, go check out who they are! And if you’re a Folk Alliance member you can vote for us, until Feb 17th when the awards are announced.

January 19, 2016:  Happy New Year to you all! We’re excited to be hitting the road next week, to Prince George for the ColdSnap Festival. Packin’ winter boots and gloves for this one!

December 9, 2015:  Got some happy news in yee ol’ inbox this week: Our album ‘Chasing The Sun’ reached #14 on the FOLKDJ’s TOP ALBUMS OF 2015 (December 2014 to November 2015) Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L playlists
Based on 160929 airplays from 194 different DJs… WOOT WOOT!

 

September 9, 2015: We’ve just found out we’re nominated for Ensemble of the Year by the Canadian Folk Music Awards! Congrats to all the nominees, and thanks CFMA!

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June 30, 2015: We are having an amazing time in Iqaluit, Nunavut at Alianait Arts Festival! It’s hard to go to sleep, as it doesn’t get dark at all at this time of year, plus there’s much jamming and fun to be had at night… There’s no trees here! But the views over the ice filled bay are stunning, especially when the sun hits the snowy mountain sides! So grateful to all the beautiful musicians, dancers and artists who’ve shared their work over the course of this extended weekend, we feel truly blessed to have experienced a little bit of Iqaluit and the surrounding communities, places so remote and yet so alive with arts and culture. We can’t wait to be back!

 

May 5, 2015: We’ve just found out about our Western Canadian Music Awards nomination for ‘Roots Duo/Group Recording of the Year’ for Chasing The Sun!! How exciting, especially because the ceremony will be right here in Victoria, Sept 20th. We’ll be there!

 

March 17, 2015: We have a brand new video up for Miriam’s tune Bunching Up The Sheets! Check it out in the Video’s page. Thanks and happy St. Paddy’s day!

 

February 28, 2015: Happy last day of February! We’re so delighted that so many of you came to our sold out home-town show last night at the Oak Bay Lounge! We’re really grateful to Beacon Ridge Productions for having us as part of their series. Please check out their upcoming concerts, lots of great stuff! And if you missed us on the Vinyl Cafe last weekend, you can still listen to the podcast here: http://www.cbc.ca/radio/podcasts/arts-culture/vinyl-cafe-stories/

 

February 20, 2015: Quick reminder to tune in to CBC tomorrow to hear us on the Vinyl Cafe! Here’s the online player: http://www.cbc.ca/vinylcafe/listen.php?vLocale=computer

 

February 4, 2015:  More good news in radio land for our January airplay! “This month The Sweet Lowdown got the ultimate hat trick, earning the number one spot on the international lists for Top Album, “Chasing The Sun”, Top Song, “River Winding Down” and the international Top Artist spot as well.” Thanks for noticing Northern Journey Online!

February 2, 2015: We’re home after a wonderful week on the road with the Vinyl Cafe! It was such a pleasure to work with Stuart McLean and his fabulous crew, and to get to know the inner workings of a show we have all been listening to for so many years.

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photo by Andrea McQuade

We hope you will be able to tune in when the episode is aired on CBC in 3 weeks, here are the details: Saturday Feb 21 (9am on CBC Radio 2), Sunday Feb 22 (Noon on CBC Radio 1), Tuesday Feb 24 (11pm CBC Radio 1)  http://www.cbc.ca/player/Radio/

And if you miss those you can always download the podcast, which goes live Saturday Feb 21 at midnight.

 

January 6, 2015: We’re so excited to report we’ve been chosen as musical guest for Stuart McLean’s Vinyl Cafe! The shows are coming up quick, January 27th – 31st, all on Vancouver Island. Check out all the details here, and tune in to CBC once the air date is announced (we’ll keep you posted!)

 

January 3, 2015: First of all happy New Year to you all! We are coming back from the holidays well rested and ready to start 2015! We are so excited that the new album is getting some serious radio play, just found out we got top Canadian album (#7 out 113), and song – “River Winding Down” (#3 of 62), and artist (#13 of 190) on the International Folk DJ Chart for December…wowza! Thanks to all the DJ’s out there spinning us!!

And thanks also to Brad Kolodner of WAMU’s Bluegrass Country for including “Chasing The Sun” in his Top 10 Albums of 2014! 

Also, our first Victoria show of 2015 will be at the Oak Bay Lounge, check it out, and hope to see you there!

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December 11, 2014: Enormous thanks to everyone who came out to our CD Release, and to all those who helped make it happen. We had a beautiful night, and are still floating on a cloud of gratitude! We’re also stoked about some exciting media coverage of our new album: Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine featured You Can Find The North in their December “Trail Mix” free download, and For The Country Record (a US roots blog) just featured our recent video for that same song. Sweet!

 

December 4, 2014: Happy December everyone! Just 5 more sleeps til our Home Town CD Release party, we’re getting pretty excited! Also excited to have had one of our new songs (River Winding Down) premiered by the fabulous online magazine PopMatters, and our still hot-off-the-press album already included in Fish Record’s Top Albums of 2014! A good start to the dark cold months ahead….

 

November 20, 2014: And…it’s official! The new album is now available online, at CD Baby and iTunes! Hope you enjoy!

 

November 17, 2014: Happy fall everyone! We’ve started our BC HomeRoutes/CD Release tour, and have just completed a brand new video for “You Can Find The North”, one of Amanda’s new songs on the new album. And check out our very first review for “Chasing The Sun”, by Peter Cowley for FATEA Magazine.

 

October 13, 2014: Hello from beautiful North Carolina! We are having such a great time on this tour, about half way through now, watching the leaves turning colour and enjoying very warm sunny days and lots of music and time with friends… can’t wait to see you all at the BooGrass Scare Dance being put on in Victoria by YOMADA (Young Old-Time Music And Dance Association) on October 31st! Tomorrow night we play in Asheville for the first time…wohooo!!

September 25, 2014: North Carolina, we’re coming!

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September 18, 2014: Friends! Just 2 days left to pre-order our new album via Indiegogo! And here is a special SNEAK PREVIEW of our title track, “Chasing The Sun“, performed a few nights ago in Cochrane Alberta.

 

August 19, 2014: Happy late summer all! Wow, this one has cruised by… again! We enjoyed a lovely time on Hornby Island at the Hornby Festival (thank you Dierdre and Marc, Adrian, Ali, and everyone who made the festival happen!) and in Campbell River for the Spirit Square summer series! Enjoying a little down time, and then kicking off September with the Vancouver Island Music Workshop in Parksville, tour in Alberta and Saskatchewan, October tour in North Carolina, and November “Home Routes” tour in BC!

 

July 23, 2014: We’re very excited to let you know that our Indiegogo campaign is now LIVE! Check it out, pre-order the album, and tell your friends! Thanks so much for your support, we love ya! The Sweet Lowdown Album 3!

 

July 20, 2014: Happy Summer!! Well the mixes are rolling in and we’re having a great time listening to what we actually recorded in March, and getting very excited to share it with you all soon! If you’d like to help us with the completion of the album you can pre-purchase your very own signed copy now, it will be mailed to you hot off the press! Pre-purchases can be made in person at one of our shows, or online at Indiegogo (campaign launch will be in 2 days, July 22nd!!). Thanks!

 

May 7, 2014: Wow, what a (couple of) months! We finished recording our third album on Mayne Island at the beginning of April, headed straight to Vancouver to showcase at Pacific Contact, and three days later jumped on a plan to fly to London, where we did 18 shows in 17 days in the UK–England, Wales, and Scotland! Met so many amazing folks, and look forward to going back again!

 

March 15, 2014: 10 days until we start recording album #3! Had a great pre production session yesterday. Excited about our new songs and tunes, and really looking forward to recording again! Then it’s off to Pacific Contact (Vancouver) to showcase and then to the UK for our first European Tour! We’re so grateful to the Canada Council for the Arts for their support of this tour. A busy but good winter and spring!

 

February 24, 2014: It’s DAY 26 of our US tour and we’re headed home! Had such an amazing time in North Carolina and Virginia, and then at Folk Alliance in Kansas City, Missouri! Met lots of new friends and saw many old ones, played tons of tunes, had great shows, and now are heading home for a little down (well, home anyway!) time before recording and heading to the UK! Now Summer is comin’ quick… check shows page for upcoming festivals!

 

January 23, 2014: We’ve just gotten a lovely review of May by FlyinShoes Reviews in the UK, check it out! 10 weeks til we cross the pond!

 

January 6, 2014: Happy New Year! We’re very excited about some of the plans in the works for this upcoming year. In just a few weeks we’re headed to North Carolina for a week long tour. One of the highlights is sure to be our double bill on February 1st with the fantastic bluegrass band and IBMA award-winners, Balsam Range. Check out our “shows” page for more details. End of February we’ll be in Kansas City, showcasing for the first time at Folk Alliance International! Late March we’ll be recording out third album, once again with Adrian Dolan, and in late April we’re headed to the UK for an 18 date tour–our first tour across the Big Pond! Woo-hoo!

In the meantime, after a couple weeks off from our weekly gig at The Fernwood Inn over the holidays, we’ll be back there tomorrow night and for the rest of January, until we leave for North Carolina.

In other news, we finally have digital liner notes for our album, May, put together by Wendy Wall. Check them out under the “music” tab in the “May” drop-down menu or here:

November 19, 2013: Hello from snowy cold Alberta! We are currently half way through our “Mountains, Plains & Foothills Tour” tour, enjoying our first day off in Calgary.

 

October 29, 2013: We are back from Folk Music Ontario and Blackpot Camp & Festival in Louisiana, what an amazing 10 days it has been!! Check out our blog for a complete recap!

 

October 19, 2013: We have just been confirmed a showcase on Friday November 8 at Calgary Folk Club, for the Canadian Folk Music Awards Nominee Showcases. Yay!!

 

October 18, 2013: We are having an amazing time at Folk Music Ontario Conference in Mississauga! So much jamming, so many wonderful friends old and new…check out facebook page for more updates and photos coming soon!

 

September 26, 2013: We’ve been nominated for “Vocal Group of the Year” by the Canadian Folk Music Awards! Congrats to all the other nominees, we’ll see ya in Calgary November 10th!! 

 

September 22, 2013: We’re very excited to announce plans for our 3rd album!! Looks like we will head into the studio in March 2014, and have the album ready for release next fall. Looking forward to a winter of writing, arranging and rehearsing some new material!

 

August 28, 2013:  En route to the Sunshine Festival in Powell River…with our brand new T-shirts!! Official “T-shirt Release” was Tuesday night at the Fernwood Inn…we’ll have ’em at every show while supplies last!

August 20, 2013: Such an amazing last couple of weeks… including a showcase at Mission Folk Festival (thank you Music BC and Mission!). Looking forward to a few more mini tours before OCFF in October!!

July 18, 2013: We’re so excited to be in Yellowknife, and just played out first show ever in the Northwest Territories! Folk On The Rocks is looking super fun so far, planning on eating at The Wildcat tonight and looking forward to meeting all the other artists at this wonderful festival. Check it all out at: Folk On The Rocks!

Old Town, Yellowknife, NWT

 

June 29, 2013: We are very excited to have been selected for a showcase at the Mission Folk Festival on July 27 at Fraser River Heritage Park! Had a great time yesturday at the Beacon Hill Park Summer Concert Series!

SLD at Beacon Hill Park, Summer Concert Series
(Photo by Barbara Pedrick)

 

June 23, 2013: Happy summer solstice! We spent a fun day in Calgary yesterday performing at the Foothills Bluegrass Pick-nic, and enjoyed an incredible moonrise as the rain clouds receded…our hearts go out to all those affected by the flooding in Alberta and eastern BC…

 

June 18, 2013: We had an amazing time in Whitehorse at the Kluane Mountain Bluegrass Festival! And last weekend at the Sooke River Bluegrass Festival! Now getting ready for a weekend in Alberta, check out our show dates if you’ll be near there. PS – we have some exciting new merch in the works, to be unveiled soon!!

 

May 16. 2013: We’re booking our first UK tour…for spring 2014!! Stay tuned! Also, we now have download cards for sale for both our albums, $10 each. Gettin’ with the modern times!

 

April 30, 2013: Wow, we are thrilled to have won the ISLAND ROOTS ALBUM OF THE YEAR award for “May”, at the Vancouver Island Music Awards last Sunday. Thanks so much to Adrian Dolan (winner of PRODUCER OF THE YEAR!) for helping make the production of this album such an incredible experience. And thanks for all you for helping to support our music making, we’re feeling pretty blessed these days!

 

April 22, 2013: We have been nominated for a Monday Magazine Award, and have our fingers crossed for the M Awards gala this coming Tuesday! And next week are the Vancouver Island Music Awards!

 

March 22, 2013: We are happy to be home after a very fun couple of weeks in Ontario and Quebec for a Home Routes Tour! Please check out our new blog for more on that!

March 31st, 2013: We’re so happy that the fundraiser for the Sooke River Bluegrass Festival was such a success! We can’t wait to play there in June and we’re so happy to have a bluegrass festival once again so close to home! Thanks again to all the organizers and all the people who came out for the concert. Hope to see you all at the festival!

 

Sooke River Bluegrass Festival Fundraiser Finale, 2013
                                              Sooke River Bluegrass Festival Fundraiser Finale, 2013

March 6-19th 2013 HomeRoutes Tour (Ontario & Quebec) 

DAY 13: Monday March 18

Monday took us back to OTTAWA for our very last Home Routes concert, at Dean’s house, and with our audience lounging on pillows and cushions we played our sets for the last time. After a quick dunk in the hottub while the snow storm descended over the city, we caught a few hours sleep and got up early to catch our flight home. It’s been an incredible 2 weeks full of wonderful musical experiences, food, new friends and old friends, and new connections. We’re so grateful to everyone who came to these shows and shared in our adventures!!

DAY 12: Sunday March 17

On Sunday we drove north, across the Ottawa River into Quebec to VAL DES MONTS, where we played a show in a lovely cabin in the woods.

A delicious potluck dinner and copious cans of Guiness (kind of a crime if you’ve ever had Guiness in Dublin) helped us celebrate St. Paddy’s Day in style. Our host Ed was exceptionally warm and welcoming, and if you have a moment please check out his amazing website – charterdefence.ca – this man is a true Canadian hero.

DAY 11: Saturday march 16

Saturday was a long drive to OTTAWA, we took the scenic back roads, and after arriving at Derek and Pat’s house we had a lovely dinner of chicken soup, warmed up our voices and played our show in the living room! It was another epic night for Miriam – she met her cousins Anders, Nissa and Clara for the first time! We had poutine for breakfast at the Elgin Street Diner and then took a tour of the Parliament building…and it being a Sunday we got to see the House of Commons, and the Senate, and the Parliament Library. Did you know that the whole Parliament building burned down (except the Library) during the first World War, due to a mysterious fire?

DAY 10: Friday March 15

On Friday we played in HALBURTON (in conjunction with the Haliburton Folk Society) in a beautiful building (Abbey North) overlooking frozen lakes and forests, with our largest audience yet! Our hosts John and Thea introduced us to many lovely people in their vibrant local arts scene…

 

DAY 9: Thursday March 14

We played in MT. ALBERT on Thursday night, at a lovely house on 2 acres of land. It was one of our liveliest shows yet, with lots of fun audience banter between songs. It was a very special night for Miriam because her first violin teacher came to the show. They played tunes afterwards, and caught up on the last 17 years of their lives…

 

DAY 8: Wednesday March 13

Our show in NEWMARKET was a lot of fun – our hosts Peggy and Dave welcomed us into their beautiful home (which had the most incredible collection of pigs – and pictures of pigs – I counted 31 pigs in the bathroom alone!!) We learned that the significance of pigs related to their granddaughters inability to pronounce “Grandma Peggy”…

DAY 7: Tuesday March 11

The last few days have just flown by! Monday was a day off in Toronto. Tuesday was a long drive through blowing snow up to MIDLAND, for a show at the Rub Of The Green, with hosts Christine and Jim, who served us fantastic curry after the show and let us try on the beautiful clothes in their shop. A crackling fire warmed the room where we played, while the snow fell outside.

Lots of musicians in the audience, and a sweet 5 year old girl who wore her highland dancing shoes and did some lovely stepping for us! We are now in NEWMARKET, getting ready for a sold out show tonight!! Woohoo!

 

DAY 5: Sunday March 10

What a lovely afternoon house concert in MISSISSAUGA today! It’s a very warm and sunny day, and all the heaps of snow are melting fast. Our hosts Darren and Cathy have been doing HomeRoutes for about 2 years, and were featured in Readers Digest on their very first show! They were truly lovely and have some very loyal HomeRoutes concert audience members.

Our show in Georgetown was Saturday night, with our hosts Ruth and Frank! Amazing pasta and sausages for dinner, a lovely attentive crowd…and Amanda’s room held an amazing collection of literature! I would have happily stayed in their house for a week, working my way through all the classics I have yet to read….

 

We’ve taken to talking a bit about our instruments during the show, and I end up learning some surprising things: like a detailed breakdown of the dirt marks on Shanti’s banjo (and which styles of playing they are caused by). The ever popular question “what’s the difference between a fiddle and a violin” has also come up, with some hilarious audience member’s responses! We are having so much fun, and feel incredibly grateful for each opportunity to perform and hone our live show skills! Some interesting banter is developing…and I’m particularly enjoying Amanda’s terrifying re-telling of the fateful ferry ride that inspired my tune “Big Wave.”

Tomorrow we will have a restful day off in Toronto, all doing our own things, and are headed for MIDLAND on Tuesday. Can’t wait!

 

DAY 4: Saturday March 9

Last night’s show in GUELPH was a big success, with 40 people packed into our hosts Judy and Roger’s living room. It was a real treat to have vocal mics for this show, and Roger’s patient tweaking of the sound until we had a great balance between our un-mic’d instruments and amplified vocals.

There were lots of musicians in the audience, so the music continued soon after our show, and I got to pull out some of my favourite old time Canadian fiddle tunes, with excellent piano accompaniment, how fun!

 

Big thanks to Judy and Roger for such a great turn-out and all the delicious meals and snacky food! After a late breakfast (eggs baked in tomato sauce and salsa – mmm!), we drove to St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market, in the heart of Amish country, and enjoyed the famous deep fried apple fritters – yup, with ice cream and maple syrup! Now driving through snowy farm country on our way to Georgetown, (just passed a flock (?) of wild turkeys on the side of the highway!), listening to the sweet cajun fiddling of Courtney Granger.

 

DAY 3: Friday March 8

Happy International Women’s day! It’s a sunny bright winter day here in GUELPH. We had a great show last night at Derek and Mel’s house, in a lovely acoustically perfect room!

Dinner included pork tenderloin, and lots of treats and wine later on…the audience consisted of many neighbours and an ex-professional musician from Ireland! We had a good sleep and headed out to explore the town the next morning, hitting up an incredible Dutch store with everything from tulip bulbs, to fine Dutch pottery, meats and cheeses, and the biggest selection of bulk licorice (every kind imaginable) I have ever seen in my life. I now have a lifetime supply. Another fine cheese shop offered excellent biscotti, chocolate, and bagels. We are now pulling up to our 3rd house, also in Guelph. It’s sold out already!! Gonna be a great night!

 

 

DAY 2: Thursday March 7:

We are currently headed to GUELPH for our second show. It’s a mild, snowy grey day here in Ontario. Amanda and I had a few glorious days of big-city shopping in Toronto this past weekend, and a chance to see old friends and catch a bit of live music! We played our first show last night in Windsor to a lovely crowd, some of whom had never been to a house concert before. A cute little toddler bounced and clapped along to our music, and everyone sang their hearts out on “Going Up On The Mountain.” What fun!

Our hosts Jeff and Suzanne made us feel very at home, though their cats, Grendel and Chigger were not so happy about our arrival! We had a delicious Caribbean meal (!), and hunkered down soon after the show for a good long sleep. After visiting the eclectic and enticing Taloola Cafe this morning for lavender and Mexican hot chocolate, we hit the road, stopping only once in London for excellent sushi!

DAY 1: Wednesday March 6

It’s the start of our Home Routes/Chemin Chez Nous house concert tour of southern Ontario and Quebec! We’re so excited to embark on this journey through people’s living rooms, and it’s our first tour in this part of Canada. We are headed to WINDSOR for our first show!!!

February 7, 2013: We have just been nominated for three Vancouver Island Music Awards (Roots Album of the Year, Island Artist of the Year, and BC-Wide Artist of the Year)! Thank you and congratulations to all of the other nominated artists too! Looking forward to the VIMAs on April 28, 2013, early bird tickets available now. To purchase tickets starting Feb.22, call VIMA at 250 885 4209 or email info@jameskasper.com.

February 7, 2013: In a little less than two weeks, we will be heading to Ontario and Quebec to do a Home Routes House Concert Tour! (Schedule below). We’re thrilled to have received a Canada Council for the Arts Travel Grant for this tour!

February 7, 2013: We’re thrilled to be at No. 1 on CFRO Radio‘s January BLUEGRASS/OLD TIME chart! We also have reviews in the current Penguin Eggs and Maverick Magazine (UK).

 

January 30, 2013: Very excited to see MAY is at No. 5 on !earshot’s National Folk/Roots/Blues chart!!

 

January 24, 2013: Howdy folks, and happy new year! We’ve had a good restful holiday and are now back in full swing, booking summer festivals and tours and super excited about bringing our music to new audiences all over this country!

We’d like to take a minute too and share a very important Indiegogo campaign that is happening right now, which is close to our hearts as it is for our dear friend and fellow musician Chris Suen who was in a terrible car accident in the States last year. Please check it out and share it around: http://www.indiegogo.com/welovechrissuen Let’s help Chris get back to normal life and music making! Thanks so much.

 

December 27, 2012: Our new album is available now on iTunes! Check it out here! It’s also available in Victoria at Larsen Music, Lyle’s Place and Gordie’s Music, and The Fernwood Inn.

 

December 24, 2012: Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays folks!

 

November 16, 2012: We are a very happy bunch right now, thanks to the amazing folks who came out last night to celebrate the release of our new album, MAY! Your smiling faces, support, help, love, and encouragement are so very appreciated. Thank you all. Love, SLD

 

November 15, 2012: The new album is available online now! And tonight is our hometown CD release in Victoria! At the Victoria Event Centre, doors at 7, show at 7:30.

 

October 18, 2012: Well, we’re back in Victoria for the week, and excited to announce that our hometown CD release is now less than a month away! Tickets are available now at Lyle’s Place, Larsen Music, and with any of us on Tuesday nights at The Fernwood Inn! We are heading east next week, with shows in BC and Alberta. Please check “Shows” for more info!

Our wonderful students at the Old Town School of Music in Chicago where we taught on Oct. 13, 2012!

 

Oct 11, 2012: Hi! We spent the last week at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass in San Francisco, and then a great couple of days near LA. Now we’re in Iowa City, playing at The Mill tonight. Tomorrow off to Chicago to play at The Heartland Cafe (Friday, Oct 12) and Uncommon Ground (Saturday, Oct 13) with a Saturday afternoon workshop at Old Town School of Folk Music

Los Robles, Conejo Valley, California

 

Oct 1, 2012: Getting ready for our US tour, and super excited to announce our Victoria CD Release Concert date! Tickets are now available at Lyle’s Place (770 Yates St).

Victoria CD Release: Victoria Event Centre, 1415 Broad Street. $10 advance, $13 at the door, 12 and under Free! Doors 7:00, show 7:30. Tickets available now at Lyle’s Place (770 Yates St).

Sept 23, 2012: We’re finally decided on a final track list for the album, and are putting the finishing touches on the cover design. Gearing up for California/Iowa/Illinois, and just received our beautiful new hand built omni mic from Ear Trumpet Labs in Portland. It’s a mic the Foghorn String Band have been using for some time with much success. Can’t wait to try it out! In the meantime, here’s a fun little video from our recording session last May…

http://vimeo.com/50012550

 

May 7, 2012: Well, it has been quite a summer… Cape Breton, Lunenburg, Saskatchewan, and Vancouver Island Music Workshop. Lots of tunes, traveling, and good times. We are excited for the fall though too, and are thrilled that the new cd is about a month off! Please check “Shows” page for updates on tour news. In October we will be heading to California and the Midwest, then back to Canada for the Gulf Islands, BC mainland, and Alberta portion! Thanks everyone for a great summer!

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July 22, 2012: We’ve just launched our Indiegogo campaign to help with the completeion of our album! Check our all the cool “perks” we’ve designed in exchange for your contributions. And thanks for all your support, we are SO excited to get this album out into the world!! http://www.indiegogo.com/sld?a=879367&i=wdgi

May 7, 2012: We are now on Twitter! @TweetLowdown. Also, we are in the middle of recording our second album on beautiful Mayne Island, BC. You can have a sneak peek on our YouTube channel where we’re posting videos of our adventures…SLDonthetube

March 27, 2012: Our album is now available at Larsen Music and Lyle’s Place in Victoria.

March 22, 2012: We’ve just confirmed an endorsement with L.R. Baggs… We love their gear!

 

February 15, 2012: Thank you to everyone who came out on Valentines and made it such a fun party at The Fernwood!

February 12, 2012: We’re so thrilled to announce our nomination for “Album of The Year” from the Vancouver Island Music Awards! Gala ceremony is on April 21. We have our fingers crossed!

December 17, 2011: Happy Holidays all! Love, SLD

 

December 2, 2011: New CD Reviews are up… Roots Music Report Review by Joe Ross and Earshot’s Marshal Hignet’s Review!

 

November 10, 2011: The lyrics to all our album songs are now up, under “Albums”.

 

October 1, 2011: Live off the Floor (2008) and the NEW album The Sweet Lowdown (2011), are available on CD Baby!

October 1, 2011: The Sweet Lowdown is featured in the fall 2011 issue of Penguin Eggs!

NEW ALBUM NEWS

Summer 2011:

THE SWEET LOWDOWN is excited to announce the release of their first full-length album! This vibrant trio has been creating quite a buzz in Victoria’s bustling old-time, bluegrass, and acoustic music scene. Their fresh, new, sound ranges from sweet and lilting to edgy and hard-driving. In January, the trio played their way across Canada (via train) to Parry Sound, Ontario, to record their first full-length album with producer and sound engineer Andrew Collins (The Creaking Tree String Quartet, The Foggy Hogtown Boys).

The album features the band’s one-of-a-kind sound and highlights their unique voices, insightful songwriting and skillful musicianship.  Band members Amanda Blied (guitar), Shanti Bremer (banjo), and Miriam Sonstenes (fiddle) each contribute to the album’s original repertoire which is layered with rich vocal harmonies and beautiful instrumentals that both float and pulse over relentless old-time grooves and driving bluegrass rhythms.

From the ethereal harmonics of the opening cut to the lonesome sound of a passing train in the final, The Sweet Lowdown is a diverse musical journey–one that begins on a sunny front porch and ends in the outer reaches of the universe.  From the sassy lyrics and bluesy harmonies on the traditional track “Western Country” to the soothing, sweetly simple melodies on their original “Sing it High to Low,” The Sweet Lowdown explores a full range of emotions and intriguing realm of ideas in their music.  The wide range of the band’s instrumental talents are highlighted in compelling instrumentals such the “Sapphire Waltz” and the hard-driving bluegrass inspired “Ten Bar”.

Featuring nine original songs and four covers, this album caters to lovers of all forms of stringband music, paying homage to its musical roots while simultaneously breaking new ground.