Folk Music Set to Take Thunder Bay Stage
THUNDER BAY – Entertainment – Wiggins Pro-Ductions is hosting Get Folked on Friday, January 24 at Black Pirates Pub (215 Red River Rd). The night will showcase some of the city’s top folk and folk rock acts, including the TBshows 2013 Fan’s Choice winner for Hardest Working Band, The Greenbank Trio, along with promising newer acts like RM & the Honest Heart Collective, That Echo, and solo artist, Elle Kay.
After a few years of touring nationally, playing everywhere from cramped kitchens to sold out auditoriums, Thunder Bay Ontario’s The Greenbank Trio are getting a taste for life on the road… and they want more. Quickly becoming known for their three-part harmony vocals and upbeat retro 60’s sound, these northern troubadours deliver a musical experience not to be missed. The group’s self titled Greenbank EP (2012), described as “a feel-good, folk-rock romp” (NewCanadianMusic.ca) grabbed the attention of Ontario audiences, landing the threesome opening slots for groups like Chicago, REO Speedwagon, and Leann Rimes. The Trio’s second effort, Into the Wind (EP, 2014), takes listeners on a journey across time and place. From stormy Atlantic seas, to cold winter nights in snowy Thunder Bay, a clear merging of past and present seems to take place as these boys begin to play.
The idea RM & the Honest Heart Collective was created by brothers Ryan (vocals/guitar) & Nicholas bass/vocals) while they tossed demos back and forth over the Internet between Ottawa and Thunder Bay ON. When Ryan moved back home to Thunder Bay, the brothers enlisted long time friends, Jayden Savage (drums), Alex Robillard (keyboards/vocals), & Michael Medwick (lead guitar). Together they managed to make they’re own brand of folk infused rock n’ roll with a punk rock DIY mentality. The RM & the Honest Heart Collective EP was released in August 2013 and is currently available on iTunes. The band brings an intoxicating, inspiring, and energetic live show that is only rivaled by successful touring acts. Currently the band is writing and recording they’re first full length LP at Lionheart Studios in Thunder Bay, while making tour plans for the spring of 2014.
With all four members of That Echo coming from a Classical University program together in composition, guitar and bass studies respectively, the group aims to blend many styles into their already peculiar folk rock sound. The rhythm section is a driving powerhouse with the apt beats of Preston Robinson, added to by the loads of experience of well-accomplished bassist, Jon Reid. The strings get their depth from the less than harmonic, ever changing stylistic transformations of Cody McCowell’s guitar writing. Topped off by the accordion playing of Tim Walters, who is the jack-of-all-trades musician of the band. That Echo aims to blend Folk/Rock into their own sound by subtle nuances of blues, funk, reggae and more.
Elle Kay is an emerging singer-songwriter who writes and performs songs about the people and places that inspire her. With piano and voice as her primary instruments, Elle draws from a number of genres including jazz, rockabilly, folk, and blues to create original material. She quickly became involved in the Thunder Bay music scene as a backup singer and studio musician playing piano and trumpet. She has been recognized as a performer with a number of acts throughout the city.
Doors open at 10pm. Cover is $5. Age of majority required.