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This is Canadian roots music with a major make-over. Crack songwriting, brilliant and warped arrangements and stunning instrumental solos unite under the banner of a savvy eclecticism that's always been the band's guiding light. The Wheat in the Barley pulls together a lot of great influences into one package: Celtic, Slavic, French Canadian, Yiddish, Cajun and more.

"The Wheat in the Barley are absolutely one of the very best groups I have heard in recent years. A great mixture of both original and traditional songs, plus outstanding instrumentals … all performed with great virtuosity on a huge range of wind, string and percussion instruments." Denis McMaster,  President, Rocky Mountain Folk Club

Together, they light a roaring fire under a multi-cultural cauldron of folk music, funky rhythms and fun for all!

"What do you have to do to follow an act like that? Set your beard on fire??" Valdy

Who can they play for? Anyone who enjoys rollicking acoustic music! Anyone who can tap their feet or bounce in their seat!   Decades of touring, from intimate acoustic venues to huge festival crowds, have distilled in this rare ensemble a high-octane blend of folk, funk, Gypsy jazz and world music that gets people of all ages up onto their feet in a hurry.

"There are few bands that can move from a traditional Celtic tune to a Yiddish theatre gem, to a Blue Rodeo cover, to more-than-solid originals. These folks can.   With one foot in the tradition and the other somewhere in the future, The Wheat In The Barley keeps getting better and better. This is music to make you exercise your feet and your brain!"
Gary Cristall, AD (1978 – 1994), Vancouver Folk Music Festival

Stage technical requirements, promotional material, videos and music samples are available at their online EPK:

Live Performance Link: Click Here

Showcase Artist: Pacific Contact 2013

Home Base: British Columbia


The Wheat in the Barley
Mark Dowding
2418 SE Marine Drive
Vancouver, BC
V5S 2H1

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