For a taste of folk, pop and roots music by four, young classically trained musicians head to St. Stephen’s Church in Qualicum Beach next Tuesday and catch West my Friend live.
The Victoria-based group is made up of three University of Victoria (UVic) school of music graduates and one member, currently in the program.
The group is known for their skillful musicianship, four-part harmonies, clever lyrics and upbeat, indie-folk style.
“It’s folk music at its purest, but has been described as indie-folk, folk-rock, pop, (and) roots,” said band member, double bass player and former Qualicum Beach resident, Brian Anderson.
The group keeps busy with performances in Victoria but are currently out on a Homesick Blues tour, where they will make stops in each of their hometowns along with a host of other stops.
The quartet started off in Powell River and did a handful of stops in B.C. on their way north to Terrace and then over to Haida Gwaii. They’ll come back to the Island to play Victoria’s FolkWest Festival and then to Qualicum Beach for Aug. 14, before heading to Ucluelet and ending in Port Alberni.
Anderson said besides focusing on the Homesick Blues the group is also promoting their CD released in April of this year called Place.
Although band members are all multi-instrumentalists, they honed in on one main instrument each for the tour, and along with lead vocalist Eden Oliver the group will be playing the mandolin, guitar, accordion and bass, along with a bit of flute.
The group appeals to all ages, Anderson said, and people who like folk music often gravitate to them, although they are a bit “pop-ier “ than traditional folk, he said. Older people often like the music as it is easy to listen to and not offensive in any way, and musicians can appreciate the complicated time and key signatures and chord progressions, he said.
Catch West my Friend Tuesday, Aug. 14 at 7 p.m. at St. Stephen’s United Church at 150 Village Way in Qualicum Beach. Tickets are $12, $8 for seniors and students, available from Mulberry Bush Bookstores and at the door.
For more information visit www.westmyfriend.com.