Friday, Aug. 4 – The O’Pears
If you love the Wailin’ Jennys and The Good Lovelies, you will love The O’Pears. The O’Pears are a Toronto-based contemporary folk trio made up of Lydia Persaud, Jill Harris and Meg Contini, three songwriters who weave stories that stir the spirit and capture the timeless character of folk music. Like Those Nights, their debut album, captures soaring harmonies and a seamless blend, evoking the profound intimacy of Nick Drake, the sister-like blend of The Staves and the dynamic harmony of Crosby, Stills, and Nash. Live performances turn the loudest bar into the warmest house concert, with their endearing, unabashed personalities balancing the intimate sincerity of the songs. They recently performed to high acclaim at festivals such as Summerfolk, Great Heart Festival and the Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival. They have garnered radio play across Canada, and have been featured live with Royal Wood, Good Lovelies, Michelle Willis, and Coco Love Alcorn. Each band member is a distinctly talented musician with a stand-alone voice, style, and stage presence. When these three come together it is breathtaking. A striking mix of tight a cappella and rootsy instrumentation, Like Those Nights explores lessons learned about love and loss through the eyes and hearts of young Canadian storytellers. The O’Pears continue to bring a strong, honest voice to the modern female perspective. The O’Pears will be joined with some of the West Coast’s best players, Richard Moody (violinist with The Wailin Jennies and the Bills) and Scott White (bass player for the Bills).
Opening Act: Daniel Farrow
Daniel is better known as the Hornby Island Elementary School teacher, but in his limited he likes to pull out this guitar and compose a song or two. The leader of several fictional – but highly ambitious – bands throughout his 20s, Daniel looks forward to performing for our festival audience.