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The River and the Road, Eli For Short and Dogwood and Dahlia at Vangelis
May 29, 2014 @ 9:00 pm
The River and The Road is a band built on risking new beginnings and telling their stories along the way.
After crossing an ocean, leaving a hemisphere, and a long stint hitch hiking across the American Southwest, singer/guitarist Andrew Phelan made his way to Chicago with the looming need to cross into Canada for work. He had two flight choices—Montreal or Vancouver—and flying west was cheaper. Once there, he found a healthy contest in singer/banjo player Keenan Lawlor, who had been playing around Vancouver for the previous eight months. Keenan had moved across water to forge a new path, but in his case, it was the Georgia Strait instead of the Pacific Ocean. In the beginning the two butted heads, seeing in each other the greatest competition for the attention of an East Vancouver open mic audience. Competition turned to collaboration, busking, and living on scraps together to make their musical existence possible. After several months as a duo, and experimentation with additional instrumentation, they recorded their debut eponymous twelve-track album. In the spring of 2012, the band emerged as a dynamic four-piece with the addition of drummer Cole George and bassist John Hayes.
Eli, For Short
“Eli, For Short” blends 90’s alternative rock sound with intricate guitar work to create his own brand of songcentric pop.
Dogwood and Dahlia have captivated the Vancouver indie folk scene since their formation in the spring of 2011. Neil Smith (guitar, vocals,) Sydney Thorne (banjo, vocals,) and Josh Nadeau (bass) started playing together at fireside jams and summer camp sing-alongs. Neil and Sydney met again at Vancouver East Cultural Centre when they were both accepted into the Ignite! Songwriting Mentorship program and from there the duo formed naturally. Josh returned from a year on the road and he and his double bass became the third and forth members of the band. From playing in bars before they were legal to be there themselves, to touring Western Canada with two EPs under their belt Dogwood and Dahlia have expanded their presence in the Canadian music community. Their first full-length record will be released in June 2014 following a string of shows across Canada.