Blackberry Wood has kicked up dust in towns all over Western Canada, the United Kingdom and parts of the United States and will bring its alternative country-gypsy-circus music to the Errington Hall Saturday, Nov. 26.
Vancouver’s Blackberry Wood puts a high-energy cabaret spin on old and modern music adding juicy flavours like jumpin’ ska, skiffle, folk, punk and many other foot stomping delights to their original and timeless down-home music.
Blackberry Wood comes down the road like a traveling caravan with all kinds of wondrous instruments, vocal melodies, and fantastically costumed characters.
Some have describe their music as Tijuana-Hillbilly-Ska. Their sound slips from gypsy folk to ragtime to country and, when you least expect it, in slides a bit of hip hop and world beats.
Their carnival act is currently a five-piece outfit consisting of two horns, guitar, drums, washtub bass, theremin and about 20 loopy percussion instruments.
Fit to compete with the cast of Moulin Rouge with their zany costumes, Blackberry Wood seems ready to strike up a burlesque hoedown just about anywhere you plunk them down.
The motley crew is led by front man Kris Wood and the fun loving band is making a name for itself on both sides of the Atlantic.
Veterans of the UK’s prestigious Glastonbury Festival — they have appeared twice — Blackberry Wood plays all over B.C. and Alberta. Some highlights from last summer are the In The House Festival, Tree Planters Ball, Shellfish Festival, Serf Festival, Life is Good Fest at Bobb’s Inn, Midsummer Folk Fest, Hornby Island Get Up, Surrey Fusion Festival, Islands Folk Fest, Artswells Fest, and Beerlesque.
Tickets for the 9 p.m. dance party November 26 are $20 for adults, $10 for under 12 and free for under 5 and can be purchased at the Errington Store, Cranky Dog Music in Parksville and Heaven on Earth in Qualicum Beach.
For more information visit www.erringtonhall.bc.ca.