The Deep Dark Woods w/Evan Cheadle • May 13, 2019


Monday May 13, 2019
Doors 7:30PM, Show 8:00PM
Tickets: $15 (+SC) adv., $20 door • 19+

Floods and plagues, ghosts and slaughter: woe to those who populate the songs of Yarrow, The Deep Dark Woods’ 2017 release on Six Shooter Records. A gentle summer breeze swings the gallows ropes, flowers bloom callously on lovers’ graves. These anthems are definitely not from Eden. Fresh off a JUNO nomination for Yarrow, the band has been crafting their brand of prairie psychedelics and a “loose grungy folk sound” (Paste) for over a decade. Having released six critically acclaimed records, the two-time JUNO nominated band has developed a fervent international following on both sides of the Atlantic, with particular success in the Americana realm. Having performed with members of The Grateful Dead and received a nomination for Emerging Artist of the Year at the Americana Music Awards, the Deep Dark Woods have toured North America, the UK and Europe to rave review.  Yarrow is The Deep Dark Woods reimagined by songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Ryan Boldt. There’s a juicy unease and quiet intensity to frontman Boldt’s presence, as if a new door has opened to let loose the weirdness. In place of the freewheelin’ jammy vibe there’s a darker, stranger tenor that sides with those modern mystics whose music exists in the creepier, freakier corners of existence. The sound is rooted in, but not restricted to, tradition, drawing inspiration from sounds out of the U.K. and Appalachia and employing rich storytelling. The haunting and cinematic lyrical style and chord changes that pillow the flowing delivery and harmony and lines are cloaked in dreams of summer through a snowstorm. With Yarrow, it’s clear that Boldt’s well of inspiration runs as deep as it does dark.


Evan Cheadle grew up immersing himself in American and English folk music, and has a strong love for ’60s and ’70s Rock ‘n’ Roll and R&B.  Since 2013, Evan has been writing, recording and performing his own music as well as with a number of other groups around Victoria. One night, Ryan Boldt of The Deep Dark Woods, stumbled upon one of Evan’s performances, and the two bonded over shared musical interest. Since then, it blossomed into a great friendship, and musical venture. Together, they recorded and produced Evan’s upcoming EP Chasing Shadows, an album which is textured, melodic and lyrically rich. The two set up a Studio in a spare room in Evan’s house. Sessions began in early 2016 and carried on through to 2017. Other musicians included on Chasing Shadows: The Deep Dark Woods’ longtime organist Geoff Hilhorst; Keenan Mittag-Degala on drums; Maria Grigoryeva on violin & viola; Lyudmila Kadyrbaeva cello; Jayne Trimble on backing vocals. The sound of Chasing Shadows has echoes of psychedelic folk, country blues and English ballads while retaining a distinct originality.  In spring 2017, Evan joined The Deep Dark Woods as their lead guitarist, and has toured Europe and North America. He has also formed is own band, currently touring Chasing Shadows.

“Cheadle’s intricate guitar picking and delicate vocals instantly transport listeners to a diverse musical world inhabited by the likes of Bert Jansch, Nick Drake and Harry Nilsson, all-the-while avoiding nostalgia’s tepid waters; Cheadle, it seems, stands outside of time.” – Analogue Magazine