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The Awakeneers are grateful to call Cortes Island home. Variously know as The Merry McKentys, Wild Canadians, and Solaris Music Project, this group of back-to-the-roots folk musicians have sometimes been referred to as 'the biggest family band in the West'
Awakeneers’ music centres around honest vocals sweetened with multi-part harmonies and supported by rich acoustic instrumentation. The nomadic band of nine multi-instrumentalist songwriters — most of whom are siblings — segues seamlessly from a foot-stomping fiddle tune to a hip-hop guide to mindfulness; from hilarious satire to heart-wrenching and conscience-raising eco-ballads; to soaring inspirational harmonies of love and hope. These seasoned minstrels weave a genre-bending blend of acoustic positivity that orbits elliptically around the idea of folk music.