Who: Wes Reamsbottom
When: Friday, June 11 and Saturday, June 12
Where: Dubh Linn Gate Old Irish Pub
Reamsbottom is a familiar name in these parts. Greg Reamsbottom is one half of the infamous Whistler duo The Hairfarmers, the unofficial kings of the après party. But it turns out that he isn't the only musically inclined man in the family.
Wes Reamsbottom, the youngest of four brothers, is also a musical soul. He not only teaches music but fronts The Little Brother Band, playing acoustic guitar and singing.
The brothers, who are nine years apart in age, didn't grow up in a very musical family but actually started singing around the same time: Greg in bars and Wes in high school.
"I think Greg is like 70 per cent responsible for the music I listen to: Crosby, Stills and Nash, Grateful Dead, Led Zeppelin, the whole thing," Wes chuckled.
After spending some time playing solo gigs on the Vancouver music scene, Wes decided to start his own band in 2002.
"I was just doing a solo acoustic thing around Vancouver, playing small lounges and pubs and stuff, and I got tired of performing on my own," he explained. "It can be cool, because you do whatever you want and can be at whatever tempo you want and you're never off, and you can do your own thing."
Soon he had recruited another local musician, Dan Myers, to start The Little Brother Band. Today, the band features Wes on acoustic guitar and vocals, Myers on electric guitar and vocals, Kelly McQuillan on keys, tenor sax and vocals, and brothers Davis Friesen on bass and Tyler Friesen on drums.
"I think this lineup has been together for five years, so we're pretty gelled now," he said.
While the players leading the vocals and harmonies - Wes, Myers and McQuillan - have been making music together for about seven years, it wasn't until the Friesen brothers came on board that things really solidified.
"To have Tyler and David together on bass and drums, it's like having an amazing offensive line on a football team, like being able to run and do whatever you want with it because they've got your back so solidly."
Together, the group leans pretty heavily towards a Canadian folk rock feel, making all original music. And while their sound is definitely rooted in the folk/rock genre, the players each bring a range of diverse backgrounds and influences to the table, resulting in some very eclectic tracks that break the mould.
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