Swing to tunes in Cumberland

The Brett Martens String Band is scheduled to play Cumberland on July 29.

Swing! Gypsy swing!

Yes that’s right; the Brett Martens String Band is scheduled to play Cumberland on July 29. Come on out for an evening of hot licks, low down hip-shakin’ bass lines, and toe-tappin’ tunes.

This Vancouver Island-born group features original material in the style of Django Reinhardt, the late, great gypsy guitarist and composer. Featuring two macafferri style guitars and an upright bass, the group explores several genres; all tailored to fit a string trio.

Composing and arranging for the band is Brett Martens on guitar. Many of his originals can be placed in the ‘gypsy jazz’ or ‘manouche’ genre; a style rich in interesting harmony and lively rhythm.

The group also delves into some latin, traditional gypsy music, bebop, musette, new orleans, and more. A pleasure for the musical intellects, and a dance for the soulful.

Brett’s playing is creative, passionate, and dynamic. His compositions thoughtful, intriguing and fun. Brett is also known from his work with the Marc Atkinson Trio as well as Caravan with Daniel Lapp.

Alongside Brett are bandmates Jim Lambert on guitar and Timothy Croft on bass. Both astounding players are from the Comox Valley. Together, these three create an exciting and inviting musical melange for the whole family.

Don’t miss them July 29 at the Cumberland United Church at 2688 Penrith. Doors open at 730, with the show at 8.

Tickets are at Bop City. Kids younger than 12 get in free.


— Brett Martens String Band



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