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Event Archive - Farewell Show!: The Gruff

Sat. May 1st 2010 Ambrosia Event Centre (All Ages)
8:00 doors at 7:30
After a decade of sweet sounds and broken down vans, one of Victoria's favourite folk-roots bands, The Gruff, have decided to do one last road trip then turn in their towels. This swan song tour wraps up in Victoria; a bittersweet farewell for the quartet's most adoring fans. The band will be joined by Adrian Dolan, and the stage will be teeming with last minute musical peers; any sadness burgeoning into a joyous, hootenanny-revue. For fans wanting to round out their library, a disc of three new songs will be available at the show.

The Gruff, Phaedra Kemp (drums, vocals), Jenny Ritter (guitar, vocals) and Terri Upton (double bass, vocals) have, over the years, filtered numerous folk traditions through the sieve of modern experience into their own unique, decidedly West Coast roots-country sound. From old-time to country, bluegrass to good old rock'n'roll, these young songwriters have harmonized, sung and shouted songs of joy, sorrow and everything in between with an astounding energy and passion. The fourth spot has been occupied by an auxilliary that has included Adam Iredale-Gray (Fish & Bird), Lucas Goetz (Deep Dark Woods), and Christopher Herbst. The Gruff have shared the stage and worked with Oh Susanna, Steve Dawson, Old Man Luedecke, Adrian Dolan, The Crooked Brothers, Mark Berube, Corbin Murdoch and The Wild Turkeys, to name a few. They leave behind an impressive canon of recordings: "A Trail of Missing Thoughts" (2008), "The Gruff" (2006), and the now-out-of-print titles, "A Goat for Every Floor" (2003) and as Billy Goats Gruff "The Million Dollar Tip" (2002).


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The Gruff

Howdy, and welcome to Gruff Country. And it is not a standard "country". In fact, this inspired and talented young band out of Victoria, BC challenges you to pin a label on their music. The Gruff filter numerous folk traditions through the sieve of modern experience to create a truly unique sound. From old-time to country; from bluegrass to good o... more info
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