This artist performed at the VFMF in 2017
The Slocan Ramblers
Though they may be based in Toronto, The Slocan Ramblers take their name from BC’s own Slocan Valley — and their sound definitely channels the picturesque, mountainous natural landscape more than any urban centre. It’s straight-ahead, plucky and high-energy bluegrass music.
The Slocan Ramblers have become a leading light on Canada’s roots and bluegrass scene in a very short time for a very good reason. The four young musicians have grown to be the band to watch by staying true to the roots of the music, not seeking to revive anything but rather to tap into its rough and rowdy heart. They’re fearlessly creative, deliver kick-ass shows blending lightening fast and devilishly intricate instrumentals with the sawdust-thick vocals of singer Frank Evans.
They play songs ranging from rowdy old-time numbers like Groundhog, to a Dustbowl classic like Woody Guthrie’s Pastures of Plenty like they’ve been steeped in the sound for generations. “For a bunch of boys from Toronto, The Slocan Ramblers are turning out a piping hot brand of bluegrass that you just may think was cut fresh from a back porch in the Blue Ridge.” – Elmore Magazine
This is roots music without pretension, music intended to make you feel something, music to get you moving in a crowded bar or on a grassy lawn. When they take the stage, The Slocan Ramblers stand up, lean into the music, and push harder and harder for that edge just beyond. We dare anyone within earshot not to become a lifelong fan.