The Bills to play at Errington War Memorial Hall

The Bills, which plays globally-inspired roots music from the West Coast of Canada, will be at the Errington War Memorial Hall on Oct. 15

Chris Frye said Saturday night will be a rocking show that people have come to expect from The Bills.

The Bills, which plays globally-inspired roots music from the West Coast of Canada, will be at the Errington War Memorial Hall (1390 Errington Rd.) on Oct. 15.

The concert starts at 8 p.m. with doors opening at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at Cranky Dog Music in Parksville, Heaven on Earth in Qualicum Beach and the Errington General Store.

Frye, one of the band members, said The Bills was formed as an acoustic instrument project.

“The band has always been an outlet for all of our folk, roots and acoustic interests,” Frye said.

The Bills concert lands on the same day as the Island Luthiers Guild Guitars by Hand show at the hall earlier in the day.

Guitars by Hand at Errington Hall features handmade guitars, banjos, ukuleles and other custom-made musical instruments

Frye said the group is also excited about the luthiers show.

“Being acoustic musicians, we’re, of course, very connected and interested in what luthiers are doing,” he said.

While all members of the group sing, Frye said acoustic instruments have been really key in what The Bills are about. He said the group members are all multi-instrumentalists, and play a handful of instruments including upright bass, mandolin, fiddle, accordion and guitar.

Band members include Frye, Adrian Dolan, Richard Moody, Marc Atkinson and Scott White. Frye said that previous The Bills member Glen Manders will being filling in for White while he plays a show in Germany.

The Bills have been nominated for two Juno awards and multiple Western Canadian Music Awards over the years.

Their latest album Trail of Tails features 14 new and original tracks.

Frye said all of their shows help promote their newest  album which was released in March of this year.

In a press release, it says that this is the first time in The Bills’ career, the album sees all five members of the band contributing compositional talents in a collaborative offering.

“Trail of Tales winds from infectious, grooving folk/pop vocal numbers to beguiling, hypnotic, instrumentals,” the release says. “The album walks a verdant path through lyrics that explore and shimmer with melodies that are sure to become standards in the deep and rich Canadian folk/roots/rock songbook.”

For more information on The Bills, visit their website.

For more information about Errington Hall, or to find out about other upcoming performances, visit their website.