The Chantrelles perform in Errington

The Chantrelles will perform blues, soul covers of 60’s hits and some originals at an all ages dance at the Errington Hall on Friday, May 4.

The Chantrelles will perform blues, soul covers of 60’s hits and some originals at an all ages dance at the Errington Hall on Friday, May 4.

Hailing from Victoria, The Chantrelles are an eight-piece R&B group that follows the road less taken.

The band members, many of them students in the music program at the University of Victoria, include percussionist Adam Martin.

The drummer who plays with a few bands in Victoria is originally from these parts.  He graduated from Ballenas Secondary School in 2003 but back then he played the saxophone in school. Martin said he is more of a rhythm person so he put down his horn and is now into drumming.

He said there is a horn section in the band as well as a dedicated tambourine player.

Rather than simply coasting by on the Motown and Stax Records hits which the group has been playing for over a year, the Chantrelles set out to write their own tunes, taking elements from all their favourite eras of soul music and melting them down into super-tight dance jams.

Martin said they currently have about five original songs they are pretty tight on and including their covers they have a long fun set for dancing.

Spending an evening with The Chantrelles, you’ll hear early 70’s funk bumping up against old-school twist tunes, with an early R&B style ballad here and there.

Tickets are $15 advance or $20 at the door and can be purchased at the Cranky Dog Music in Parksville and the Errington Store.