Root Dwellers presents 4 phenomenal Vancouver artists; evocative neo soul-jazz influenced CANDACE COKER, hard-hitting poetic folk lyricist WESLEY ATTEW, soulful, restless hearted TRAVIS JAMES and harmony addicted songwriters ZACH AND JIM!
Venue: 2223 Kingsway, East Vancouver
Cover: Adv $12/Door $15
ZACH AND JIM
Zach & Jim, two harmony-addicted singer-songwriters from opposite sides of the world, met on Vancouver stages in 2015 and bonded over their love of thoughtful songwriting. After guesting at almost every one of each other’s shows since, the two decided to join together as a duo in late 2018, bringing their rich harmonies and tasteful playing to bear on each other’s songs. Zachary Lancaster hails from Brandon, Manitoba. His songs pair a simple, boiled down premise with beautiful melody, wrapped in dynamic guitar and haunting harmonica. Jim O’Neill was raised in Melbourne, Australia, and is now Canada-based. His melodic sound is distinctly roots-derived, but carries a hint of alternative influences in his experimental chord voicings and guitar tunings. As individuals, the two have played stages in some of the biggest folk festivals in their respective homes, including Vancouver International Folk Festival, Queenscliff Music Festival and the Winnipeg, Brandon, Apollo Bay and Yakandandah Folk Festivals.
Vancouver Singer-songwriter Travis James is a restless hearted guitar player searching for meaning amidst the chaos of life. His music is a patchwork of soulful melodies, thoughtful lyrics, and blues infused guitar playing. Travis takes the stage armed with his guitar and a deep “rough around the edge” vocal style that takes you on a journey from beginning to end. His appreciation for the songwriters who set the stage before him like Dylan, Mayer, and Springsteen continue to shape the way he approaches his writing.
Candace Coker is a Trinidad-born singer/songwriter who has been writing since she was 10years old and singing since she's known herself. She brings an evocative blend of poetry, spirituality and musicality to the world of alternative-folk. Her sound carries with it a jazzy softness and a neo-soul grit, which she attributes to her love for the 1940s, as well as her Afro-Caribbean roots. To date, she has released two singles, one of which hit number 1 in the Trinidadian iTunes top 100 Charts. She is currently in another season of performing around Vancity, and is also writing, in hopes of releasing an EP in the near future. You can support her music at candacecoker.com.
Wesley Attew is a folk artist whose music makes you feel at home when you are far from it. He is a world traveling Englishman who tells stories of his travels through hard-hitting poetic lyricism and expressive melodies. His rich, honey-whiskey voice pours over his trusty adventure buddy, an old acoustic guitar. Wesley’s music is complex and raw while being simple and homey, like the warmth of a tent in the middle of a thunderstorm. His songs illustrate the visceral feeling of traveling and the people that you meet along the way. The music he makes isn’t just for a moment, but for every step of the journey. Wesley's newest single, «Wayward Kind» is a rugged, vulnerable love letter to traveling and is now available on Spotify.