The Slocan Ramblers

The Slocan Ramblers

We are pleased to have The Slocan Ramblers return to the festival after a two-year absence. Since appearing at our previous festival, the band has taken their music to an entirely new level. Every time we see them we are amazed. They are one of the best bluegrass units on the music scene today, bar none. Rooted in tradition, fearlessly creative and possessing a bold, dynamic sound, The Slocans have become a leading force 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.

The Slocans’ recordings  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, theirs is roots music without pretension, music intended to make you feel something.

The Slocans are:
Frank Evans: Banjo
Adrian Gross: Mandolin
Darryl Poulsen: Guitar
Alastair Whitehead: Bass

“What’s not to love about The Slocan Ramblers? Original, interesting material, thoughtful arrangements, stellar talent playing in synch to the nano-moment. You must see!”
– Claire Lynch 


“The music of Toronto’s Slocan Ramblers suggests a road trip through the countryside, with a soundtrack of old-time bluegrass, rootsy Americana and traditional folk along for the journey. The quartet is rolling at the moment, having scored a Juno Award nomination for traditional roots album of the year at this year’s ceremony.The band’s 2018 album, Queen City Jubilee, is some of the best back-porch picking this country has produced in years.  
– Mike Devlin, Times Colonist

“I love it – smokin’ bluegrass!” – BBC Radio

“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”

“Traditional Album of the Year Nominee” – Canadian Folk Music Awards (2016)

“Emerging Artist Award” – Edmonton Folk Fest (2015) 

“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 Discoveries From Folk Alliance 2014” – The Bluegrass Situation