The Lonesome Ace Stringband

The Slocan Ramblers
“This is 21st century acoustic music at it’s stripped-down, sharply-rendered best!”
Songlines Magazine (UK)

“Three of the most accomplished Old-Time musicians on the planet, the Lonesome Ace Stringband does a masterful job melding their talents.
Brad Kolodner (WAMU Washington, DC)


“Three powerful musicians playing and singing some powerful music.
Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine



An old-time band with bluegrass chop, The Lonesome Ace Stringband play with a depth of groove not often heard in bluegrass, a level of instrumental interplay and vocal blend uncommon in old-time, and an on-stage rapport that simply makes for downright fun.

Three Canadians lost in the weird and wonderful traditional country music of the American South,  band members Chris Coole (banjo), John Showman (fiddle) and Max Malone (bass) are each veterans of some of Canada’s top roots music acts (New Country Rehab, The David Francey Band, The Foggy Hogtown Boys, Fiver).

Instrumentation alone instantly sets the band sound apart: consisting of just fiddle, clawhammer banjo, and upright bass, the band moves freely between having a sound so powerful that it doesn’t seem like it should be coming from a trio, to a sparseness and fragility that draws the listener in and refreshes the ear. All three are compelling lead singers, each with his own character and range. We are thrilled to have them for their first appearance at Cowichan.