A high-energy cabaret spin on old and modern music adding spicy flavours like exotic world beats, jumpin’ ska, folk, punk ‘n many other irresistible body shakin’, foot stompin’ delights to their original and timeless-musical-down-home-ol’ style adventures. Blackberry Wood comes down the road like a travelling caravan.
The band has all kinds of wondrous instruments, vocal melodies and fantastically costumed characters. Playing over 300 shows since 2007, Blackberry Wood has kicked up dust in towns all over Western Canada, the United Kingdom and throughout the United States.
“When I first chanced upon Blackberry Wood playing at Café Deux Soleils in Vancouver, I felt like I had stumbled onto the Yukon party spirit, kicking it oldtime on the west coast,” says Eric Epstein, artistic director of the Frostbite Music Festival.
“I wanted to bring them to Frostbite at once, and I grabbed my first opportunity to do just that. They exceeded my expectations by existing as their own festival: a travelling band of gypsy-party musicians who bring the spirit of hokum to life with original tunes as well as with some brilliantly chosen, stunningly unexpected covers.
“Each show is unique. I adore them.”
Shara Gustafson, director of the Robson Valley Music Festival, says, “Blackberry Wood’ s frantic energy and love of the stage spread a contagious frenzy throughout our Saturday night festival audience!”
“Blackberry Wood’s energy was as amazing as it was infectious,” adds Clayton Brander, director of the Sunshine Music Festival. “Their wild costumes, fantastic music, and incredible stage presence got everyone in the audience up and dancing through their set — start to finish.
“Based on their reputation I expected a lot, and they definitely lived up to it. I couldn’t be more pleased with having booked them.”
The Waverley doors will open July 15 at 9:30 p.m. and the cover is $10.
For further information, visit cumberlandvillageworks.com.
— Cumberland Village Works