Well, where to begin Kin-Fo….
With a name derived from the hillbilly slang for kinfolk, they distinguish their sound through the use homemade and improvised instruments. Kin-Fo brings raw energy and excitement of the unexpected to every show.
Jimmie-Jo-Jo O’Fender (Marcel Laviolette) on the gut bucket remembers back to ’96. “My cousin had a washtub on his boat … I took some fishing line … slapped it on a pole and … started playing. My cousin had a banjo and so it was said, “Let’s go busking.”
Then comes the extraordinary sounds of ZeekYell O’Fender (Sean Dallamore) on guitar. The man responsible for writing much of the band’s music says, “Our instruments define our style.”
Hickory O’Fender (Aaron Tchir) on drums was added after a chance meeting at a Vancouver Island watering hole. It has led this band in the most promising direction.
Shiver O’Fender (Kelli Godin) is the latest addition to Kin-Fo, playing the washboard and bootsticks, leaving her classical piano training on the burner next to her for now. “Being able to explore other areas and creativity in music is fantastic,” she says. “It’s a real pleasure to work with these gentlemen. It’s going to be a great season.
Kin-Fo has recently been hired by the Comox Valley Community Arts Council and will perform this Saturday at Market Day in downtown Courtenay at the top of Fifth Street. Kin-Fo hits the stage from 6 to 7 p.m.
The Mex Pub has hired the band for their infamous Red Neck Night on Aug. 3. Besides the outrageous games and prizes Kin-Fo has the Mex will give away four tickets to the monster truck show up at Saratoga Speedway fer the bestest dressed hillbillies/rednecks.
Kin-Fo hits the stage at 9 p.m. and will play till Roy gives ’em the boot about 1 a.m.
On Aug. 17, come up to Comox at the Griffin Pub for an intimate night with the band from 8 p.m. to midnightish.
For more details, about Kin-Fo performances, check them out on Facebook.