Carmanah reaches deep into the music archives for the gritty vintage flavours that influence its modern sound. Poignant songs explore love, nature and the issues of the world. It all adds up to what New York producer Gus Van Go has approvingly coined, “West Coast Soul”.
Carmanah is on the (Vancouver) Daily Hive list of musicians to watch for in 2017 and has shared the stage with many acts including Ziggy Marley, Spirit of the West, Shakey Graves, Clinton Fearon, Said the Whale and Current Swell. At home in Victoria British Columbia, the band consistently draws a large enthused crowds.
The band’s first commercial album, produced with Gus Van Go and Werner F. at Vancouver’s Warehouse Studios, was released January 2018.
Ocie Elliott is musical duo Jon Middleton and Sierra Lundy from Victoria. Jon and Sierra’s voices meld beautifully in a cascade of sound, described by one reviewer as “…the aural equivalent of indigo painted skies and the first summer stars.” Their unique blend of contemporary and indie folk music is influenced by artists such as Gillian Welch, Simon & Garfunkel and Angus and Julia Stone, and born of the natural landscape of Canada’s wild west coast.