Canada’s bluegrass band to watch The Slocan Ramblers announce UK tour in support of widely praised new album ‘Queen City Jubilee’

Following their well-received debut UK visit last year, Canada’s bluegrass band to watch The Slocan Ramblers announce their eagerly anticipated return for a 19 date tour, running October 25 to November 17, traversing north, south, east and west, with shows in England,Wales and Scotland, in support of their widely praised, recently released third album Queen City Jubilee.

Rooted in tradition, fearlessly creative and possessing a bold, dynamic sound, with a reputation for energetic live shows and impeccable musicianship, The Slocans have been winning over audiences from RockyGrass to Merlefest and everywhere in between.

Influenced by artists such as The Stanley Brothers, Norman Blake and Steve Earle, the band instil both the old and the modern into their music and oQueen City Jubilee, The Slocans’ showcase their unique blend of bluegrass, old-time and folk with deep song-writing, lightning fast instrumentals and sawdust-thick vocals.

Produced by Chris Coole, one of Canada’s pre-eminent folk musicians, Queen City Jubilee marks a profound step in the band’s growth both as songwriters and interpreters, the Slocans’ old time and folk influences shining through on originals like ‘Makin’ Home’, ‘Mighty Hard Road’ and ‘First Train in the Morning’, while their passion for rippin’ bluegrass and interpreting traditional music is showcased on ‘Mississippi Heavy Water Blues’, ‘Sun’s Gonna Shine in my Back Door Someday’ and ‘Riley the Furniture Man’. The three dedicated instrumentals on the album, ‘Down in the Sugarbush’, ‘New Morning’ and ‘Shut the Door’, reveal their collective influences and the direction taken on Queen City Jubilee.

The Slocan Ramblers came out of Toronto’s gritty bluegrass scene, playing late-night bars to boisterous crowds in a city once called Hogtown for its industrial pig meat industry. The dusty grit in banjo player Frank Evans’ voice fits perfectly into an older world of bluegrass that still remembers its roots in working class communities. Perhaps that is why they’re more Louvin Brothers than they are Ricky Skaggs. Some of this comes from their long-term interest in and respect for old-time Appalachian traditions. Evans moves back and forth between clawhammer and Scruggs-style banjo, while mandolinist Adrian Gross has the speed and aggression of Big Mon himself in his playing. Thundering bassist Alastair Whitehead has a softer voice than Evans, but with a hint of world-weary wistfulness. Guitarist Darryl Poulsen’s as steady as a rolling train, shovelling coal into the red-hot furnace of racing bluegrass tempos.

Praise for The Slocan Ramblers

“If you’ve grown tired of the same old sounds, here’s a band who reinvents a genre.” Bluegrass Unlimited

“…dazzling instrumentals and well-harmonised songs…phenomenal technical ability” Country Music People

“For a bunch of boys from Toronto, the Slocan Ramblers are turning out a piping hot brand of bluegrass that you just may think was cut fresh from a back porch in the Blue Ridge.” Elmore Magazine

“…the Slocan Ramblers are living up to their reputation as the Canadian bluegrass band to watch, and then some.” Exclaim! (9/10)

“…a real flair for inventive arrangements” fRoots

“Playing a feisty mix of traditional and self-penned tunes, the group is in formidable form…a brilliant preview of what to expect when the band tours the UK in October and November.” RNR (4 stars)

“This music exists in the same realm as The Stanley Brothers, Flatt & Scruggs, and the Louvin Brothers, which is to say it’s as good as contemporary bluegrass gets.” Songlines (4 stars)



Thu 25        Maidenhead                                   Norden Farm Centre for the Arts

Fri 26          SelbyN. Yorks.                         Selby Town Hall

Sat 27         Padfieldnr. Glossop                  Cellar Bar Sessions, the Laughing Badger Gallery

Sun 28        Sheffield                                        The Greystones

Tue 30        HexhamNorthumberlandQueen’s Hall Arts Centre

Wed 31       Birmingham                                   Kitchen Garden Cafe


Thu 1          Bradford-on-Avon                          West Barn

Fri 2            Swansea                                        Taliesin Arts Centre

Sat 3           St DavidsPembs.         Roots at the RAFA,St Davids and Solva RAFA Club

Tue 6          KingkerswellDevonKingkerswell Parish Church

Wed 7         London                                           Green Note

Thu 8          Norwich                                          The Louis Marchesi

Fri 9            Saltburn-by-the-SeaN. Yorks.Saltburn Arts Centre

Sat 10         ColdinghamScottish Borders         Coldingham Village Hall

Sun 11        MoniaiveDumfries & Galloway         The Craigdarroch Arms

Tue 13        Helsbynr. FrodshamHelsby Bluegrass Club, Helsby Community Sports Club

Thu 15        Lewes                                             Cajun Barn at the Con Club

Fri 16          FarnhamSurrey         Sands Room Sessions

Sat 17         Worth Matraversnr. Swanage         The Square and Compass

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