About/Press

The Slocan Ramblers (2019 Juno Award Nominee) are Canada’s bluegrass band to watch. Rooted in tradition, fearlessly creative and possessing a bold, dynamic sound, The Slocans have become a leading light of today’s acoustic music scene. With a reputation for energetic live shows, impeccable musicianship and an uncanny ability to convert anyone within earshot into a lifelong fan, The Slocans have been winning over audiences from Merlefest to RockyGrass and everywhere in between.

On their much-anticipated album Queen City Jubilee (2019 Juno Award Nominee for Traditional Roots Album of the Year), The Slocans showcase their unique blend of bluegrass, old-time and folk with deep song-writing, lightning fast instrumentals and sawdust-thick vocals. With their trademark raucous energy, this album presents The Slocan Ramblers at the top of their game – writing and playing tunes to keep you up all night. This is roots music without pretension, music to make you feel something – say hello to your new favourite band.

The Slocans are:

Frank Evans: Banjo

Adrian Gross: Mandolin

Darryl Poulsen: Guitar

Alastair Whitehead: Bass

Press

“I love it – smokin’ bluegrass!”

– BBC Radio

“This fearless, fleet-fingered string band is adventurously advancing the high lonesome sound of bluegrass to great acclaim.”

– The Bluegrass Situation

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

– Bluegrass Unlimited

“Riveting”

– Bluegrass Today

“Contemporary bluegrass at its very best. […] Their third album, Queen City Jubilee, could be the one that propels them to the forefront of the acoustic roots scene.”

– Songlines Magazine (UK)

“The Slocan Ramblers put on one of the most vibrant shows of acoustic music I’ve seen in some time. It’s rare for Canadians (especially young Canadians) to play this music with such authority, passion and yet ability for experimentation. Chops galore, and a handsome bunch of fellas”

– Tom Power – Host of CBC’s “q”

“This is a tight-knit ensemble with a lot of drive, yet with something of a tantalizing “rough edge” to their sound.”

– Sing Out! Magazine

“Effortlessly pushing bluegrass back to its earlier roots in Appalachian traditions, while steering old sounds in fascinating new directions.”

– No Depression

“Top class bluegrass”

– fRoots Magazine (UK)

Awards

“Traditional Roots Album of the Year” – Nominee

– Juno Awards (2019)

“Traditional Album of the Year” – Winner

– Canadian Folk Music Awards (2020)

“Ensemble of the Year” – Nominee

– Canadian Folk Music Awards (2020)

“Band of the Year” – Nominee

– IBMA Momentum Award (2019)

“Traditional Album of the Year” – Nominee

– Canadian Folk Music Awards (2016)

“Emerging Artist Award” – Winner

– Edmonton Folk Fest (2015) 

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