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Shred it

The banjo-driven five-piece Shred Kelly play the kind of folk that gets you stoked.

“It goes with the mountain vibe,” says Sage McBride
  • “It goes with the mountain vibe,” says Sage McBride

There's a lot about the banjo-driven five-piece from Fernie, BC that just stuck---the name, which stems from the Aussie in the band, guitarist Steve Polit, who spent a year snowboarding and calling himself Shred Kelly after the Robin Hood of Australia, Ned Kelly. And the descriptor "stoke folk" which might just be the perfect tag, "We were trying to describe our sound and the labels were using 'folk,' [which was] too mellow, 'rock' didn't capture the banjo sound or elements of pop and punk," says vocalist and keyboardist Sage McBride. Then a friend coined the term. "He said 'stoke folk,' music that gets you stoked. It goes with the mountain vibe---where we're from they're generally stoked people so it seems to translate well." Working with producer John Critchley at Green Door Studios (Elliott Brood, Dan Mangan) the band really pushed its comfort zone for the second full length album, 2012's In The Hills. "It's a collection of stories of Fernie," says McBride. "Tim [Newton] and I are both songwriters and [it's] a few stories from our past and album of where we come from."

Shred Kelly w/ Repartee
Thursday, July 18 6pm, $6
The Seahorse Tavern, 1665 Argyle Street

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