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Fish and Bird reveal a ripe moment

“There are more connections in the human brain than there are stars in the universe” is no ordinary stringband lyric.

But Fish and Bird’s Every Whisper Is A Shout Across The Void is no ordinary album by no ordinary band.

Sure, Fish and Bird, the pride of Victoria B.C. may LOOK like a standard lineup of roots musicians —fiddle, banjo, bass, drums, vintage clothes, and scruff— but they seldom sound that way.

Between lead vocalist Taylor Ashton’s obscurantist lyrics, and the band’s unusual arrangements, Fish and Bird fall into that quirky category we’re increasingly referring to as “prog-folk.” But don’t be put off by genre: the sound is as accessible as it is unconventional.

That’s because even if the territory they’re exploring is off the chart, Fish and Bird know where they come from. And that’s paying off in a ripe moment for roots music: Every Whisper Is A Shout Across The Void has been nominated for a Western Canadian Music Award in the Best Roots Album category.

Band founders Taylor Ashton and Adam Iredale-Gray discussed influences, icons and the roots revival in this week’s Woodshed Session, “Fish and Bird reveal a ripe moment.

Watch exclusive Woodshed Sessions performances of Effigy and Winnipeg on Roots Music Canada’s Vimeo channel.

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1 comment

  1. avatar
    David Essig 23 July, 2011 at 02:04

    We did a concert together at the Dawson City Music Festival last weekend and I was blown away by these guys. We actually rehearsed and did songs together, rather than just punting it back and forth – it was amazing and the audience loved it. If you want to hear the future of Canadian roots music, listen to Fish and Bird!

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