Barnstorming bluegrass from Canada
Award-winning Canadian bluegrass band The Slocan Ramblers plan to return in September 2022 for their fourth UK tour, after we had to cancel 2020 plans due to the pandemic. Combining superlative musicianship and catchy songs with an appealing stage presence, this sensational quartet has long been a leading light of Canada’s roots music scene. The Slocans have established a stellar reputation as a barnstorming live band, and had been gigging and touring constantly across North America and Europe before Covid-19 stopped play. Their most recent release, Queen City Jubilee, gained a prestigious 2019 JUNO Award Nomination and won Traditional Album of the Year at the 2020 Canadian Folk Music Awards.
“The Slocan Ramblers were totally epic. They really whipped up an incredible atmosphere and the crowd went crazy for them. So many happy faces at the end of the evening! ” – Hamish Currie (pronoter, Berkhamsted Vyne Theatre concert, Sep 2019)
Although Canadian lockdowns have made it challenging for the band to get together very often during the last 18 months, the band members haven’t been idle. As well as taking the opportunity to participate in some well-received extracurricular music projects (Adrian with the Adeline old-time band. and Frank releasing a duo album with fiddler Ben Plotnick) the band came together to record a new album in early 2021, with longtime musical pal Charles James on double bass, following the departure of founder member Alastair Whitehead. The Slocan Ramblers also won the 2020 IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Association) Band Momentum Award, and returned to live performance this summer with a USA tour. Previous UK outings have seen them perform to many sold-out rooms across the country, and the Slocans can’t wait to return next year to build on this success.