FARMER THE BAND are multi tasking, multi instrumentalist, indie folksters from BC. This duo’s folk music fills the stage with vocal harmonies, guitar, bass, harmonica, drums, percussion, and anything else that’s in arms (foots) reach. Their Americana – sorry, Canadiana – songwriting and storytelling flow between humour and heartache with sincerity and optimism.
Like their music, their stage setup will draw you in. As Lourine and Glen’s writing evolved, so did the need for different instrumentation to enhance the stories of some songs in their performances. Two guitars worked for most but other songs needed a bit more bottom end to drive and support the melodies, so a bass was added. Then a foot tambourine for a bit of a bounce followed by a kick drum, snare, hi hat, harmonica – all played at the same time. They even find a way to fit in the occasional trumpet line! At first, it was only a few songs that needed the extra instrumentation. Farmer The Band figured out how to fill the sound as a duo. Then it was almost the full set. “We added more instruments but forgot to add the players!” It may look gimmicky but Farmer The Band delivers a full sound because that what the song deserves. The most beautiful part of the arrangement is that all the songs can still be performed with an acoustic guitar and the two voices.
The singer songwriting team started off performing with two guitars in local coffee shops and farmers markets as a folk duo. Now they perform with a van full of instruments in venues coast to coast as husband and wife.