When: February 11, 2016
Venue: The Piston
Where: Toronto, Ontario
Nobody was shivering on one of the coldest days of the year at The Piston when the Toronto based indie-folk band Crooked House Road performed their set of delectable, harmony-driven tunes that melted into the souls of their fans. This five-member ensemble consists of Shaina Silver-Baird (vocals/violin), Mirian Kay (vocals/guitar), Derek Gray (drums), Gram Whitty (bass) and Joshua Skye Engel (electric guitar/mandolin). There is no mistaking the superior talent that each member brings to this band.
Crooked House Road played through a lengthy set list of eleven songs that left all fans feeling satisfied. Although their music is distinctly folk, the genres of jazz, blues and even pop could be felt. An element of storytelling was weaved throughout the songs, both in the lyrics and the accompanying stories told about the inspiration and meaning of their songs. Silver-Baird and Kay told the story of the trials of a long distance relationship in “Come Back Home”, later to echo these ideas in “Travelling Man”, where the song displayed the genesis of this aforementioned relationship. Highlights of their performance included the touching song “Goodbye My Friend”, which was written in memory of a deceased loved one and “Mountain”, which best displayed their ability to combine a variety of instruments in an ear-pleasing manner. The rich soundscape of drums and guitar filled the room during the performance of this song, leaving a satisfying aftertaste on the palate.
Crooked House Road is a band not to be missed. They can be seen at the Lula Lounge on May 15, 2016 in a benefit concert in support of The Redwood, an organization for Women and Children. You can also catch a fun “On the Spot” segment with the band’s leading lady, Silver-Baird on the Canadian Beats website in the next few days.
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I’m Nicole, a biology teacher by day, but my life revolves around music. I’m that girl that you will always find with the concert t-shirt on and ear buds in. It is rare that you find me without some type of music playing in the background. I connect all of my life experiences to music. It truly has its own language in my heart. There is nothing more exciting than taking in all that a concert has to offer. I love to support local Canadian acts and attend as many shows that I can.