European stylings and timeless acoustic at Childrens Art Festival
Who: The Bill Hilly Band,
When: May 26, 1 p.m., Myrtle Philip school
When: 7 p.m. at St. Davids United Church, Pemberton
What to do with the kids this weekend?
From Copenhagen to Cortes Island, the Bill Hilly Band has travelled the world with their music.
And now theyre here as part of the 20 th annual Whistler Childrens Art Festival for your familys entertainment.
"We get the kids up and dancing with songs like Andre de sa pato novo (Portuguese for Andres new shoes), and we make the songs rhythmically exciting," says Chris Bill Guitar Frye.
Excited at being awarded the B.C. Touring Artist of the Year in April, the Bill Hilly Bands new album All Day, Everyday , will be released in June on Borealis.
"Were really pleased, its our first album with an independent release. Weve always been musical explorers, whether were learning from old fiddlers at festivals or from playing a new song."
An old Appalachian tune, Little Girl Dressed in Blues, also gets the kids jumping, says Frye.
With a musical mission to "find the planet earths best acoustic music and create original arrangements to suit (their) unique talents," the band aims for music that can captivate an audience of all ages.
Based in Victoria, the self-dubbed "acoustic explosion" brings bluegrass and Celtic folk alive.
"The new album shows a real maturing of the band, and a more complex arrangement of songs," Frye adds.
Not ones to take themselves too seriously, you might catch them playing a mandolin solo with a candelabra!
Formed in 1996 and featured on CBC radios North by Northwest this past year, the band attracts attention for their fun antics and choreography, which adds to the energy of the show.
The band members hail from Nelson, Quadra Island, and Kingston. Marc Bill Mandolin Atkinson leads the band with Frye, while duets are played by Beau Bill Bow Klaibert (classical violinist) and Adrian Bill Fiddle Dolan, who plays fiddle, piano and accordion.
Bass player Glen Reverend Bill Bass Manders provides the bands rhythm, stepping out for the occasional solo.
The Bill Hilly Band has appeared at the 2002 Folk Alliance Festival in Jacksonville, Florida in February, and Frye regularly performs as guitarist for the Marc Atkinson Trio.
Frye says they aim for a "funky and down home atmosphere."
Come out for their joyous musical ride this weekend.
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