Old-tiime music with a punk rock sensibility. With Mack Shields on fiddle and vocals and Kaitlin Chamberlin on banjo, vocals and step dancing, the High Quadra Ramblers are a powerhouse duo keeping the magic of traditional music alive. They are doing ambitious things with Appalachian oldtime, translating traditional Celtic into clawhammer banjo rhythms and taking inspiration from Cajun, Métis and classical to create original music. Their compositions range from high-energy instrumentals to beautiful lyrical folk songs. Hailing from the East and the West, the influence of both coasts can be heard in the driving rhythm and intricate melodies of their music.
Since appearing on the West Coast music scene two years ago, they have completed several tours in Canada and the US, released two albums and two EPs, and have had their music commissioned for a film soundtrack (www.risenshinethemovie.com).
They come to Cowichan with a new CD, “Los Algodones,” a new wave of Celtic, Appalachian and French-Canadian inspired music, with Pete Mynett on upright bass and Gabe Pinchbeck on guitar as guest musicians.