ST JAMES HALL i
3214 West 10th Ave, Kitsilano
Accessible All ages
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Listening to The Breakmen's Heartwood is like taking a road trip through
the Canadian Landscape - you're bound to gawk at rolling hills, experience
a flat tire, and cry for home... but in the end, all you can remember is
that the journey was beautiful. - Danielle Pope, Monday Magazine, Victoria
Vancouver's kings of harmony, The Breakmen have fast become a sharply
focused roots music outfit that owes as much to The Band and Blue Rodeo as
it does to John Hartford and Bill Monroe. With a new approach to
songwriting and an effort to create something lasting, The Breakmen are
ploughing new and fertile ground in the dry and dusty fields of the
Canadian Folk Music Scene. Archie Pateman adds that
people often tell us
that our albums feel like something to them or that the collection of songs
helped them through something. Some can't put their finger on it, and some
have an exact feeling in mind... that means a lot to us in a time of singles
and 99 cent songs.
Featuring the singing and songwriting of multi-instrumentalists Archie Pateman, Lee Watson, and Ben Rogalsky, and the driving bass of Matt Lawson, The Breakmen blend elements of bluegrass, old-time, blues, and folk music. The band was formed in 2005 and quickly found an enthusiastic audience, performing to sold out houses in the amazing Whiskey Hollow Boundseries in 2007, and playing a leading role in the flourishing West Coast roots music scene ever since. Wonderful harmonies, fine songs, and good-time old-time music are their trademarks, and have drawn comparisons to The Old Crow Medicine Show and The Band. The Breakmen are very much their own men, with three excellent CDs under their belt.