These guys were great! We had them play at our annual Harvest festival and everyone loved it. Their atmosphere was great, they interacted with the audience and were super flexible setting up, sound testing and closing out in a packed event space. 11/10 would book again.
Newgrass ambassadors, The Unseen Strangers favour innovation over convention. For their newest album, Stranger Places(April 1st, 2016), the band challenged the limits of what they are capable of, exploring the gamut of what can be done with strings. The result is a collection of fun, stunning songs featuring inimitable instrumental performances.
The seven-part instrumental kick off "Ice Jam" launches the listener on an expansive journey through nine original songs, including the three-piece horn section funkiness of "Old City Jail" and the psychedelic newgrass epic "Square Trance". The Strangers also pay homage to their bluegrass roots on “Wicked Lover” and the freight train inspired barnburner "New Railroad Blues".
For Stranger Places, the band simplified their approach to the studio with quick, concise live off the floor sessions. The band teamed up with Toronto, ON based engineer and producer Andrew Collins (Creaking Tree String Quartet; Foggy Hogtown Boys), recording the album over several months in 2015.
The Strangers approach to bluegrass is open-ended yet inclusive; they've been on the roster for several forward thinking festivals, including Delfest, where they won the band competition in 2013. The Unseen Strangers continue to add to their diverse festival resume while consistently developing their sound both onstage and in the studio.
“These guys are good”~ CBC Radio
"The Unseen Strangers aren't pretending to be cowboys. They'll interrupt themselves for an instrumental breakdown of I Like To Move It…”~ The Globe and Mail