A fantastic double header with two bands at the top of their game.
Armed with a love of jigs, reels and ballads honoured in Newfoundland and an energy found more often in 3 piece punk rock bands than 5 piece folk acts, The Dardanelles have established themselves as the leading traditional band coming out of Newfoundland. Their reverence for traditional music, as well as their unabashedly progressive approach has made for a dynamic live show that has shaken national and international festivals including Winnipeg and Mariposa Folk Festivals and as far away as Glasgow and Australia.
Their latest album “The Eastern Light” was produced by Irish guitar phenom John Doyle and has been garnering rave reviews from critics all over the world. It has been called a “a thoroughly satisfying, dynamic experience from beginning to end” and has remained one of the province’s best sellers since its 2012 release.
Still in their twenties, they’ve intuitively become the keepers of songs we love and have sought out tunes that may have otherwise been lost to the culture forever. The Dardanelles are a new breed of folk musician with a wide sense of the world, out to show that Newfoundland traditional music is alive, vibrant, and powerful.
From their home in the Colorado Rockies, The Railsplitters have been scaling new heights with a refreshing and charming range of bluegrass and beyond-bluegrass music. For a debut album, The Railsplitters sound remarkably assured, playing with the kind of abandon their live shows are known for. Bringing real depth and formidable talent, this group draws influences from all the greats--from Bill Monroe and Earl Scruggs to modern groups like Uncle Earl and Crooked Still. The Railsplitters are nothing if not enthusiastically bluegrass and contagiously so, with rapid tempos, unusual instrumentals and good-time breakdowns! Using powerful female and male vocals, enchanting harmonies, and masterful instrumentals, The Railsplitters have the kind of raw power that can raise mountains and even a few eyebrows.