West My Friend will return to Doverlaff House Concerts on Saturday, March 2nd at 7:30
If you are a frequent habitue of Doverlaff House Concerts, you may be familiar with this group. They performed here last season in a quartet configuration. Now the band is down to the original 3 former musical school students who have been playing together since meeting in that school. They play with roots or old-timey instrumentations but with entirely fresh and original songs and styles of their own.
As usual, we suggest s $20 per seat donation. To reserve your seats send the suggested donation to us at 7326 SE Woodward St. PDX 97206. Our venue is at the same address. Make checks payable to Dan Dover (Please, NOT Doverlaff House Concerts as we have no bank account with that name.) All gate donations go to the artists. We will provide an array of snacks. Beer and wine are available for a nominal donation.
From their website:
(Cascadian third-wave indie progressive chamber folk-roots)
Described as everything from indie-roots to chamber-folk, West My Friend has an acoustic blend of instruments and three-part harmonies that challenges the conventions of popular music. The band features pure and thrillingly elastic vocals with catchy arrangements of guitar, mandolin, and accordion that draw from jazz, classical, folk, and pop influences. Inspired by artists such as Owen Pallett, the Barenaked Ladies, Joanna Newsom, the Beach Boys, The Decemberists, and the Punch Brothers, and forged from a sonically adventurous acoustic music scene on Canada’s west coast, West My Friend is proving to be a key part of a new generation of grassroots folk music. With performances ranging from the Edge of the World Music Festival to the West End Cultural Centre to the Copenhagen Folk Club and everywhere in between, West My Friend’s commitment to creating original indie-roots music always catches hold of audiences. The wealth of musical experience and classical training in the group creates an interesting backdrop for their songwriting, allowing for levels of detail, intricacy, and counterpoint balanced with moments of simplicity. Their diversity in taste and influences and a keen interest in both traditional sounds and innovation leads to constant exploration of new sounds that places them as a distinctive voice in the landscape between Canadian folk and indie-pop.
Some word in the press:
“Quiet Hum makes a mockery of the ‘difficult third album’ notion, instead cementing West My Friend’s place in Canada’s modern folk elite. It is an outstanding release and their most moving material to date, yet only four years since their debut it feels like West My Friend are still gathering speed, with plenty more innovative Cascadian third-wave indie prog chamber folk-roots music set to be unveiled in years to come.”
– David Morrison, Folk Radio UK
“One of the sweetest and most elegant folk albums released this year… ”
– The Georgia Straight
The wealth of musical experience and classical training in the group creates an interesting backdrop for their songwriting, allowing for levels of detail, intricacy, and counterpoint balanced with moments of simplicity. This sonically adventurous approach to music defines West My Friend as a key part of a growing movement of the new generation of grass-roots folk music taking place in Victoria, Vancouver and across British Columbia.
-From the website of the Vancouver Island Musicfest
We hope to see you there.