Not performing in 2017
(BC) Bluegrass, Country, Old Time
Don’t expect The Breakmen, those affable young heroes of Canadian roots music, to dish up something ordinary when they hit the mainstage on Saturday; rather, sit back and wait for your sizzling-fresh helping of roots soup. Sure, sharp and genuine traditional songwriting is front and centre, but old-school rock’n’roll, gutsy vintage country and soul-searching folk are all fighting hard for pole position. The Breakmen’s bare, brave lyrics, creative instrumental layering and delightfully contagious stage energy combine with high lonesome harmonies as tight as a clenched fist to coalesce into a sound both richly traditional and dazzlingly new.
The band call their take on the wide-ranging Americana genre ‘Canadiana,’ and they have the talent and the verve to back up their claim. They are multi-instrumental virtuosos, swapping back and forth on banjo, upright bass, handmade Telecaster-style electric guitars (guitarist and vocalist Lee Watson is a guitar maker), Hammond organ, mandolin, harmonica and percussion. Bringing a newfound maturity to the high-energy stage shows they’ve become known for over their seven-plus-year career, The Breakmen pay respect to the nation they love, the open road, the landscape, vanishing ways of life, and most of all the human heart.