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Petunia & The Vipers & Burying Ground

November 4, 2017 @ 7:30 pm

Petunia and The Vipers with The Burying Ground
In Concert


Petunia & The Vipers formed in 2007, starting out as a sometimes-band, playing locally on the west coast.  Things really got going for the group in 2009 when they began touring the US west coast, and recorded the bed tracks for their first album at the Sound Factory in Hollywood.  Little by little, the album was added to and perfected, and in 2012 they released the self-titled album “Petunia & The Vipers” officially, to rave reviews and frenzied fans.  Since it’s release the band has gone on to tour across parts of Canada, playing summer festivals and sold out shows, as well as several tours throughout the UK, and a regular circuit from Vancouver to Los Angeles, playing cities and towns down the west coast.  In 2014, Petunia released a new album titled “Inside of You”, which features three backing bands, including the Vipers, a Roma-Swing ensemble, and an alt-country group of prominent Vancouver musicians.  The album’s release was commemorated with a Petunia & The Vipers release show in Vancouver, a tour across western Canada and the US west coast, and a summer of playing shows at festivals across the country.
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The Burying Ground

The Burying Ground is an upbeat blues string band that brings the fire of punk to the technical prowess and distinct sounds of such early blues, country and jazz masters as Blind Blake, Bessie Smith, Gary Davis, Memphis Minnie, Big Bill Broonzy, Jimmie Rodgers and many others.

If you’ve ever woken up in the morning and your first thought was a song, you’ll understand something of the devotional quality that drives their music. Woody’s complex blues guitar and rags are punctuated and raised high by Devora’s tightly syncopated washboard, with playful rolls and staccato jumps and stops.  

The Burying Ground formed in 2014 as a duo, but Woody Forster and Devora Laye have been playing together since 2009 as members of The Dire Wolves, an acoustic blues string band and darlings of the East Van punk scene. They are steeped in influences from 1920s ragtime, country, Mississippi blues and New Orleans Jazz to the backyard punk shows and great barrooms across Western Canada. In the past year of frequent touring, The Burying Ground has developed a bright clarity, adding several toe tapping dance numbers to their diverse sets.

At home, Devora and Woody are accompanied by Joseph Lubinsky-Mast (Petunia and the Vipers, Wooden Horseman) on upright bass and Josh Doherty on harmonica (also formerly of The Dire Wolves). They often perform with guests on trumpet, fiddle, tenor banjo, clarinet. As a full band they have a lively and gritty sound with tight harmony and a driving rhythm section reminiscent of the music of the juke joints and jazz halls of the 1920s and ’30s. The band moves effortlessly between toe-tapping dance music, the yearning of country blues and the embellishments and energy of ragtime and jazz.
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November 4, 2017
7:30 pm


Heritage Playhouse
662 North Road
Gibsons, B.C. V0N 1V0 Canada
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604 886-8998