When the orchestral-indie band Common Deer first came to my attention this winter I jumped at the chance to have them perform in our annual Summer Concert at Carole’s Place, a private venue. While I have now listened to their CD over and over…..seeing them live this summer will, as it always does, just further enhance what each lyric and chord means to me.
And I am not the only one who has fallen for this amazing 5 piece band consisting of Graham McLaughlin (vocals, guitar & violin), Sheila Hart (keyboards & vocals), Adam Hart (cello, synth & lead guitar) Liam Farrell (drums) & Connor Farrell (rhythm). Here are some other fabulous reviews of Common Deer:
From The Globe & Mail:
“Orchestral-pop quintet breaks away from the herd”
“Common Deer are a group of talented multi-instrumentalists writing lush, beautiful indie pop that’s almost orchestral in its layers and use of strings. The virtuosic yet smooth bass playing and the crystalline guitar tone stand out, but the fluidity of their sleek, progressive arrangements keep things engaging.”
And from Canadian Beats:
“Toronto based quintet, Common Deer, just released their debut five song EP, I, in late January. Composed of two sets of siblings and band members who each play a variety of instruments, Common Deer is more than just your average indie band. Using knowledge from their traditional music training, the band combines classical instruments with synths and more modern elements to create a unique sound that is entirely their own……..
Having the goal to counteract the belief that classical instruments are “inaccessible,” Common Deer certainly accomplished what they set out to do with I. However, the twenty-minute EP doesn’t feel like quite enough; it is a mere taste of what is to come with Common Deer. I will leave you wanting to hear more from this band, and we can only hope to anticipate a full-length record in the near future.”
So…..members, friends & clients grab this opportunity to take in this talented Canadian band…..Thursday, July 26! Contact me at CarolePlaceConcerts@gmail.com for details. And if you can’t make July 26th…. Catch them at Ottawa BluesFest on July 8th or at the Neat Café in Burnstown on July 29th!