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The Slocan Ramblers

The Slocan Ramblers

The Slocan Ramblers (2020 IBMA Momentum Band of the Year Award Winner & 2019 Juno Award Nominee) are Canada’s bluegrass band to watch. Rooted in tradition, fearlessly creative and possessing a bold, dynamic sound, The Slocans have become a leading light of today’s acoustic music scene. With a reputation for energetic live shows, impeccable musicianship and an uncanny ability to convert anyone within earshot into a lifelong fan, The Slocans have been winning over audiences from Merlefest to RockyGrass and everywhere in between.

On their new album Up the Hill and Through the Fog, the all-star Canadian roots ensemble channels the past two years of loss into a surprisingly joyous collection of twelve songs intended to uplift and help make sense of the world. Bluegrass music is nothing short of catharsis for The Slocan Ramblers.

Though the past few years have brought the group accolades, that same momentum was abruptly halted by the pandemic’s brutal impact on live music. Over the next year, bandmates Adrian Gross and Darryl Poulsen both lost close family members and their bassist decided to step back to spend more time at home. They channeled these tumultuous changes into some of their most honest and direct compositions yet. Up the Hill and Through the Fog showcases the breadth of their varied influences while staying true to their roots in the rough and tumble bluegrass scene of Toronto’s no-nonsense bars and dancehalls. From Frank Evan’s classic, dusty vocals, to John Hartford-inspired lyrical musings, it’s all buttressed by impeccable musicianship, and emotionally raw songwriting from the three core members. This is roots music without pretension, art powerful enough to cut through the fog of the past two years and chart a more hopeful course forward.

The Slocan Ramblers are:
Frank Evans: Banjo/Vocals
Adrian Gross: Mandolin
Darryl Poulsen: Guitar/Vocals

With Charles James: Bass/Vocals



"I love it - smokin’ bluegrass!" - BBC Radio

"Blistering" - The Fretboard Journal

"The Slocan Ramblers put on one of the most vibrant shows of acoustic music I’ve seen in some time. It’s rare for Canadians (especially young Canadians) to play this music with such authority, passion and yet ability for experimentation. Chops galore, and a handsome bunch of fellas." - Tom Power, Host of CBC’s "q"

"If you need some new bluegrass in your life, don’t skip this new album from one of Canada’s foremost ‘grass bands." - Outsider

"Yet another young up-and-coming band giving us a lot to look forward to in the future of bluegrass." - Saving Country Music

"The songs on Up the Hill and Through the Fog shine like beacons to light our way as we climb the steep slopes of loss, shrouded in the murkiness of uncertainty about both the present and the future. Every note illuminates the paths down which each song travels, making for a journey that shines with joy and brilliance." - Folk Alley

"This fearless, fleet-fingered string band is adventurously advancing the high lonesome sound of bluegrass to great acclaim." - The Bluegrass Situation

"Up the Hill and Through the Fog makes for a journey that’s well worth sharing." - Bluegrass Today

"If you’ve grown tired of the same old sounds, here’s a band who reinvents a genre." - Bluegrass Unlimited

"Contemporary bluegrass at its very best. […] Their third album, Queen City Jubilee, could be the one that propels them to the forefront of the acoustic roots scene." - Songlines Magazine (UK)

"Effortlessly pushing bluegrass back to its earlier roots in Appalachian traditions, while steering old sounds in fascinating new directions." - No Depression

The Slocan Ramblers