Old time trio to play Qualicum Acoustic Cafe

The Sweet Lowdown is playing at the Qualicum Acoustic Cafe on April 1. - Submitted
The Sweet Lowdown is playing at the Qualicum Acoustic Cafe on April 1.
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The Qualicum Acoustic Cafe (QUAC) welcomes a sweet touch of bluegrass music next Friday, with an acoustic, female trio from Victoria.

Called The Sweet Lowdown, the group is comprised of Amanda Blied on guitar and vocals, Shanti Bremer on banjo and vocals and Miriam Sonstenes on fiddle and vocals.

The young women are each musicians in their own right, all starting at an early age and playing in various other well-known Island groups. Blied said the trio plays a mix of traditional sounds, among other genres.

“We’re definitely coming out of old time and bluegrass traditions, and North American fiddle traditions, but in addition to traditional music we also write our own music that sometimes, it’s definitely not in either of those two categories,” she said, adding it could only be classified as folk.

The Sweet Lowdown recently returned from Toronto where they recorded their first full length CD, set to be released in Victoria on June 23.

The trio will play in the Coombs Bluegrass Festival this year, a first for them as The Sweet Lowdown.

The group has never played in the Oceanside area together before and Blied said they are excited to come up next weekend.

Catch them at the Qualicum Acoustic Cafe, Friday, April 1, following open stage performances beginning at 7:30.  Tickets are $5, youth are free, available from The Vintage Candy Shop, located at 119 W. 2nd Avenue, beside Gary's Bistro in Qualicum Beach.

If any tickets remain unsold they will be available at the door, but past events this year have all sold out.

The Acoustic Cafe takes place on the first Friday of every month at the Qualicum Beach Rotary House on the corner of Beach and Fern roads.

For music samples and more information about The Sweet Lowdown visit  www.thesweetlowdown.ca or www.myspace.com/the.sweet.lowdown.

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