Golden Shoals | Elise Boeur & Adam Iredale-Gray
MEL LEHAN HALL AT ST. JAMES i
3214 West 10th Ave, Kitsilano
Accessible All ages
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What started as casual jam sessions at their house in Boston, Massachusetts would become Golden Shoals. Initially brought together by a mutual love of American folk music, it was hard to know that in seven years that love would bring them to Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom, and Germany, not to mention 33 of the 50 states.
AMY ALVEY (fiddle, guitar) and MARK KILIANSKI (guitar, banjo) graduated from Berklee College of Music, where both were first exposed to playing traditional old time and bluegrass music. Boston, with its burgeoning roots music scene, was a perfect place for the duo to find their sound, but rising rent costs proved difficult to sustain. In 2016 they broke their leases and began touring nationally while living in their camper van "Irene". The idea was to see the country in the only way they knew how: entertain and connect with audiences with their music, while finding the next city to lay roots. After centering around Asheville, North Carolina's rich old time music scene for 3 years, they have relocated to Nashville, TN to soak in the strong bluegrass and country history there.
These two followed through with their planned crowdfunding campaign in March 2020, just as the pandemic brought touring to a halt, exceeding their goal and releasing the self-titled Golden Shoals in August 2020. Ever inspired by the enduring spirit of traditional Appalachian mountain music, their songwriting comes across as simple, honest, and fresh to the ears. The listener can expect the polished technique of conservatory training, in tandem with the grit, drive, and soul of musicians like Roscoe Holcomb or Ola Belle Reed.
"Rousing old-time-style music that’s fueled by acerbic modern-day wit." - No Depression
Golden Shoals bridge the sometimes distant worlds of traditional bluegrass and old time music together. With one foot steeped in tradition and the other focused on fresh songwriting, Golden Shoals are helping to further the narrative of American Roots music and introducing the traditions of our past to a whole new generation of listeners.” - Kris Truelsen, WBCM Radio Bristol
"Mark Kilianski and Amy Alvey not only have top-notch chops, they've crafted a top-notch sound that's pleasantly refreshing.The soundscapes are rooted in Old-Time music but have a contemporary feel that keeps the songs fresh and exciting." - Brad Kolodner, WAMU's Bluegrass Country/Folk Alley
ELISE BOEUR & ADAM IREDALE-GRAY
Members of JUNO nominated, Canadian Folk Music Award winning neo-folk quintet Aerialists, Elise Boeur & Adam Iredale-Gray explore fiddle music in fluid, easy lockstep. Fiddler and Hardanger fiddle player Elise Boeur draws from the wells of Norwegian and Swedish fiddle music, melds in fistfuls of arcane influences, and emerges with a multi-faceted sound grounded in Nordic traditions. A founding member of indie-folk band Fish & Bird, Adam Iredale-Gray is a versatile guitarist and fiddler with deep roots in Irish traditional music and a commitment to innovation. They each spent years touring as collaborators with diverse projects, and all along they were playing fiddle tunes at sessions, folk dances, and afterparties. With this duo project, you’re invited into these social music afterhours, as they dig into their favourite tunes on hardingfele, guitar, and raging twin fiddles.
Their show is a masterful exploration of traditional music collected from years of travel and immersion in aural traditions. A Norwegian gangar learned in the mountains of Telemark, Irish jigs picked up from countless sessions, a modern Icelandic jazz tune from a favourite record, a Swedish polska lifted from a community dance - the thread that connects these pieces is Boeur and Iredale-Gray’s open-hearted, contagious love of the melodies. Their new album Fiddle Tunes is exactly what the title promises; a celebration of the experience of sharing fiddle traditions the way they’ve been shared for centuries, the tune recreating itself anew with each repetition as folks sit knee to knee and play.
"There is no pretension involved... Purely, simply, whether around a campfire with a few pals, at a cèilidh, or in front of a paying audience, these are tunes they just love to perform, and to that end, the joy they glean from doing so absolutely roars from the speakers." - Folk Radio UK
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