The last few months for Knacker’s Yard have been busy ones full of change and lots of gigs, both near and far. Here’s an update to let you know what we’ve been up to so far in 2019!
Our Winter season this year was the busiest one we’ve had yet! From playing the Whistler Dubh Linn Gate at least once a month, a great north Island tour up to Port MacNeill and Sointula, gigs in Vancouver and our first on Bowen Island, we didn’t have one free weekend from November until the end of February!
It was great to keep so busy over the Winter months and played many festive holiday and solstice celebrations, both locally at the Irish Times (most notably our packed Christmas Eve show), as well as in Metchosin, Vancouver, Bowen Island, Port Alberni, Protection Island and Ucluelet.
In February, lead vocalist and banjo player Wolf Edwards was asked to leave the band due to reports of inappropriate behaviour and misconduct. After some lengthy and arduous emergency meetings and rehearsals, the band reemerged with four new lead vocalists in Bronwyn, Jon, Cody and Steve. It was only after a couple of very stressful and instrumental-heavy first gigs at The Irish Times that we finally started to find our feet.
Along with performing gigs throughout February, we had to prepare for our BC/Alberta tour by refinishing our new bus. Thanks for the generous donations we received through our Go Fund Me campaign, we managed to raise just over $3000! On the two weekends we had free and with our friend Mark Leigh at the helm, we managed to transform the bus into a safe and comfortable living space for tour that was completed just in time.
As if we weren’t busy enough already, on February 28th at Circle A Studios (owned and run by our own in-band sound engineer, Cody Baresich, who mixed and mastered the whole thing), we recorded our first album of instrumentals, “Jigs and Reels” which was released a month later on March 27th, 2019. This is our sixth album and is now available for streaming online and well as for purchase at any of our gigs!
March was our craziest month yet this year with 25 gigs in 20 days! Before leaving for tour, we had a number of interesting (mostly St. Patrick’s related) gigs both on and off the island, some of the notable ones being our final series of shows in Whistler for the season, an office party in Vancouver, a show at the Comox air force base, and a great St. Patrick’s eve show at the Metchosin Hall as a benefit for Scouts Canada.
And then it was time for tour! We left early on Sunday March 17th on the 7:00AM ferry and drove all the way to Kamloops where we played a festive and fun St. Patrick’s show at The Blue Grotto. We were on the road for the next 9 days playing the “Seven Drunken Nights” tour (even though there were 9 nights, we were certainly delirious enough by the end of it) with shows in Kelowna, Banff, Canmore, Calgary, Red Deer and Edmonton. All in all, it was a very successful tour: we saw lots of beautiful mountains, had some very comfortable sleeps in our new bus, played for new fans (and old ones) and even had a couple of sold out shows!
April will be a bit of a quieter month for us as we learn more songs and play mostly at The Irish Times, as well as Tartan Days in Centennial Square this coming Saturday afternoon (April 6th).
As always, thanks for reading and supporting us and we hope to see you out at a gig sometime soon!