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 June 2019, an EP consisting of 6 original songs showcasing skillful songwriting and intricate arrangements. It has earned the group a nomination for Vocal Group of the Year by the Canadian Folk Music Awards, taking place in PEI in 2020. 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.