Pharis and Jason Romero

“Magnificent and inviting.”
– Bluegrass Unlimited


“There are inevitable comparisons with Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, but this couple deserve to make their own headlines.” 
– The Daily Express (UK)



Making their first appearance at Cowichan are the multi award-winning duo of Pharis and Jason Romero, whose bio sums it up perfectly: “They’re nice people who play folk music. One of them laughs a lot, and one of them is a bit mysterious. They’ve won some awards.” Among the accolades is the 2021 Juno Award for Traditional Roots Album of the Year, and three-time winners of the Canadian Folk Music Awards for ensemble, vocal group, and traditional singer. With a perfect blend of harmonies and the ancient tones of vintage and lovingly-crafted new instruments, we are thrilled to welcome this much-loved pair to our festival.

Pharis and Jason perform as a duo on Friday night. On Saturday evening, they will be joined by Mark Jenkins on pedal steel and Max Heineman on bass.

The Slocan Ramblers

”There’s something ancient and aching about the Romeros, a sound that feels like a reverberation from the past, even as the songs are a perfect antidote to this sped-up, modern world. Sweet Old Religion is particularly good medicine” – No Depression