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Fish and Bird house concert coming up

Fish and Bird performed at Arts on the Fly in Horsefly last summer and is returning to Horsefly for a house concert on April 6.

Fish and Bird, the five-piece, indi-folk powerhouse that performed at Arts on the Fly in Horsefly last summer, is returning to Horsefly for a house concert on Saturday, April 6.

The concert takes place at Geoff Patenaude’s home on 108 Mile Road in Horsefly, starting at 8 p.m., says event organizer Pharis Romero.

Fish and Bird began in Victoria in 2006 as an acoustic duo, comprised of Taylor Ashton (banjo, guitar, vocals) and Adam Iredale-Gray (fiddle).

On their 2007 self titled debut, their take on folk included original songs in odd time signatures and traditional murder ballads with rock beats.

The 2009 their Left Brain Blues CD was a more mature exploration of the space between folk traditions and reckless creativity, with Ashton and Gray playing multiple instruments on each song, and toying with the formats that inspired them.

Some of the friends they enlisted to help fill out the sound on the record and at live shows eventually became permanent members of the band, and now Fish & Bird is the five-piece indie-folk powerhouse of today.

They have weird vocal improv sections, they rock out in 11/8, sometimes it seems like they’re playing bluegrass, and they might make you cry.

Fish & Bird’s latest album, Every Whisper is a Shout Across the Void, marks a major step forward for the young band.

Tickets are $15 and available along with reservations by e-mailing or by phone until April 3 at 250-620-0592.

Directions will be provided with reservations.

Come early with snacks to share, Romero says. Check out