Cover Your Friends 2018

What's better than seeing 8 of the finest groups of roots musicians Vancouver has to offer in one show? How about seeing them cover each others songs? That’s just what will happen when Cover Your Friends returns to the Red Gate Revue Stage on Saturday, May 5, 2018. Cover Your Friends is a concert with a twist: each group will be given the name of another band in the show, by drawing names from a hat, to cover one of their songs. The concert will showcase the incredible diversity of Vancouver's roots music scene from traditional to contemporary.


The first year saw 23 musicians in 8 different line-ups performing their own material alongside covers of other artists in the show. The result was pretty spectacular. "Some of the best concerts I've seen lately have been variety shows, like East Van Opry and Beckstravaganza," says organizer Steven Huston, "with a lot of groups playing mini-sets you get a huge cross section of high calibre local music and Cover Your Friends was no exception to that. The music scene here is incredibly supportive and collaborative too, we all play in each others bands or fill in when a member's busy, so I wanted to showcase that side of the scene as well. So, not only do we get to share a stage but also interpret, and explore each others songs."

From emerging artists like Logan & Nathan, to well established veterans like Jesse Waldman, the line-up spans genre-bending characters Old.Soul.Rebel to the blues folk stylings of Leah Barley. The evening will feature the breadth and depth of the Vancouver Roots scene in a uniquely collaborative event.

Tickets available online through Brown Paper Tickets,

or get analogue versions at Highlife, Red Cat and Zulu Records.

Carolyn Mark:

This Juno nominated chanteuse moves from woodsy and introspective to bizarre and eccentric from album to album, but you can always count on her to showcase a confident and engaging, yet never haughty, approach to songwriting. She’s worked with some of the best Canadian country superstars (Neko Case, Corb Lund) and shared the stage with some of the most talented folks in the business (Blue Rodeo, Wanda Jackson, The Sadies), and there’s really no other roots-country artist as engaging as The Queen of Vancouver Island.

Jesse Waldman:

Influenced by folk and blues pioneers Townes Van Zandt, Taj Mahal, and Neil Young, Jesse's blend of folk and blues is full of lush imagery, sublime melodies, and outstanding musical technique. Jesse's highly anticipated solo debut, Mansion Full of Ghosts, is a stunning exploration of Vancouver's vast duality, a backdrop of beauty mirrored by a fierce underbelly, and a need to keep a light on in the dark.

Joline Baylis:

Joline is a Vancouver based singer-songwriter with a voice reminiscent of Eva Cassidy and Ani Difranco offering impeccably crafted indie folk-rock - fresh, haunting, and profoundly honest. Joline's music explores the complexities of love and connection, the upheaval of change and rebirth, and the strength of enduring optimism.

The Bottom Shelf Bourbon Trio:

Playing roots music anchored between the lowdown grit and growl of early blues, and the high lonesome sounds of bluegrass, their music explores universal themes of substance abuse, infidelity, blue-collar angst, and unrequited love. Huston’s song writing reflects on urban life via engaging, edgy lyrics woven into solidly crafted tunes that set the groove for Chris' intricate guitar work and unorthodox banjo picking.


Based out of Vancouver, B.C, Old.Soul.Rebel is the musical musings of Chelsea D.E. Johnson and Lola Whyte. Often accompanied by famed drummer, Kenan Sungar, they offer a raw blend of original soul and bad ass rock n roll. "Named one of 11 best new bands across Canada in 2016" (CBC Radio)

Leah Barley:

Leah tells her bluesy-folk tales of love, loss, epic bike rides, and broken homes with beautiful tones and a range that will make your hair stand on end. With just over a decade of performing under her belt, Leah has been compared to artist such as Norah Jones, Amy Winehouse, and Janis Joplin.

Logan and Nathan:

A laid-back freak-folk duo from Vancouver, BC, Logan and Nathan's music dances along the lines of folk music, but when they perform it turns into something else. Logan's old time influenced tenor banjo playing (think Ida-Mae from the 1920’s) provides a dream-like foundation for Nathan's classically influenced guitar playing and the pair's gorgeous harmonies.

Buffalo Jones:

A Vancouver based singer singer-songwriter combining the sounds of classic country and neo-soul. If you've ever needed to know what The Band would sound like fronted by an Al Greene disciple, look no further than Buffalo Jones.