Cod Gone Wild will be back in the Shuswap neighbourhood this December for another round of concerts to celebrate the season.
Around this time last year, the Okanagan Valley-based band, consisting of Newfoundland transplant, lead singer and multi-instrumentalist Andrew Mercer, Susan Aylard on fiddle, Sean Bray on electric guitar, bassist Dan Fogarty and David Mihal on drums, released a Christmas album called The Neighbourhood Rounds. From that release, says Mercer and company, a tradition was born from the Newfoundland tradition of the neighbourhood rounds, where neighbours go from house to house to celebrate the season.
“I grew up in a small neighbourhood street called Newfound Lane, in the town of Bay Robert’s Newfoundland,” said Mercer. “On this street there lived a tight-knit group of neighbours, who regularly got together to celebrate birthdays and anniversaries. Years ago, a tradition was started at Christmas time to go around the neighbourhood and visit each house, taking the time to have a drink, some food, and to spin a few yarns… at each stop along the way.”
This winter, the Cods are on a 16-stop tour through B.C., with not one, but two shows planned for the Shuswap. On Saturday, Dec. 14, they will be performing a matinee show (2:30 p.m.) at Salmon Arm’s Shuswap Theatre in Salmon Arm. On Sunday they’ll be at the Sorrento Memorial Hall for an evening show (7:30).
Cod Gone Wild describes itself as a Celtic-inspired band focused on giving traditional music a modern edge. The Neighbourhood Rounds features s a mix of original and Christmas songs that Mercer grew up listening to on the east coast.
Tickets for the Salmon Arm and Sorrento shows are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Tickets are available in Salmon Arm at Acorn Music and Intwined Fibre Arts. Tickets for the Sorrento show are available at Lighthouse Foods. They are also available on-line at www.codgonewild.com/shows.
The Neighbourhood Rounds is available now, wherever you download or stream your music, you can also purchase/download directly from the bands website at codgonewild.com.