*Physical copies available at www.robbiebankes.com*
Robbie Bankes sets the bar high with his debut LP Foothills (Self Released). Nominated for Young Performer of the Year at the Canadian Folk Music Awards, the Nordic Canadiana songwriter and scholar of folk music spends half his time in his native Calgary, Alberta and the other in Rauland, Norway where he studies folk music at the University of Telemark. He carries with him a mature musical voice in every sense. With a deep respect and understanding of musical traditions, his modern approach combines the lushness of Fleet Foxes and a haunting delivery reminiscent of Sam Amidon, while achieving a distinct sound rarely found on first recordings.
released June 14, 2017
Recorded and Mixed by Steve Loree at Crabapple Downs, Nanton Alberta, Canada
Produced by Steve Loree and Robbie Bankes
Executive Producer - Jack Loree
Mastered by Peter Letros at Wreckhouse Mastering
Embroidery by Bettina Matzkuhn
Design by Kiarra Albina
Photos by Miriam Behman
Robbie Bankes: Vocals, Guitars, Banjo
Charlie Hase: Pedal Steel, Weisseborn
Mellissa McWilliams: Drums
Mark Grosjean: Upright and Electric Bass
Pam Woodal Simpson: Vocals
To Steve Loree for guidance, good times, and for putting in hundreds of hours of work to make this something to be proud of. To the whole family, Katya, Steve, Jack and Fred Loree for being the best hosts. Charlie Hase for kind words and headstands. Mark Grosjean for having it all together. Melissa McWilliams for laughs and solid groove. To Bettina Matzkun for wide horizons and skilful needle. To Kiarra Albina for putting it all together.
To Jane, Nigel and Megan (Mum, Dad and Megs) for everything and more. To Frida for slangpolskas and scones. Thanks to Magnus Wiik, Kerry Maguire, John Wort Hannam, Mike MacLeod, The Ellestads, G & P, Mike and Nathan, Clinton, Sunnyside Market, Tyla, Rich, Matt, Tyler, Will and the Lynch Family, Lucy, Miriam, Ylva, Hans Mikkel, My Norwegian Familie Rui,“Aunts and Uncles” and friends and family. Calgary. Rauland. I’m grateful.
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