by Robbie Bankes

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The first single from the upcoming album "Foothills" (June 14th 2017)

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 South East Norway. 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.

Words: Traditional, influenced by those sung by Mrs. Georgia Dunaway, Fayetteville Arkansas

Music: Robbie Bankes

Foothills in its entirety will be out on vinyl, CD and digital on June 14, 2017.


released May 25, 2017
Produced by Steve Loree and Robbie Bankes
Recorded by Steve Loree at Crabapple Downs in Nanton, Alberta.
Charlie Hase - Pedal Steel,
Melissa McWilliams - Drums
Mark Grosjean - Bass
Robbie Bankes - Vocal and Guitar



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Robbie Bankes Rauland, Kingdom of Norway

From Calgary Canada Robbie Bankes spits his time between the small town of Rauland Norway where he studies folk music at the University of South East Norway. Accompanying himself on the guitar, fiddle and 5 string banjo he sings songs of times past and present. Robbie has played stages and houses across western Canada and Scandinavia and hosted various radio programs on Calgary's CJSW 90.9FM. ... more

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