The Nautical Miles perform at Centre Stage in Surrey Nov. 5.

Musical wave rolls to Surrey’s shores

Nautical Miles brings its alt-roots sound to town Nov. 5.

The Nautical Miles bring their seven-piece band, complete with rhythm section and horns, to Surrey next week.

The band has spent a decade crafting richly textured and emotionally complex folk music around the lyrics of songwriter Corbin Murdoch. Their songs tell stories steeped in the natural and emotional histories of the Pacific-Northwest. Migratory mammals, extraordinary and ordinary humans, historic and urban mythology are all subjects in the narratives they spin.

The Nautical Miles are comprised of Murdoch, vocals and acoustic guitar; Tim Tweedale, slide and electric guitars; Simon Rotheisler, bass; Lucas Schuller, drums and percussion; Rachel Tetrault, voice; Brendan Krieg, drums and percussion; Alison Gorman, trumpet and Ellen Marple, trombone. Their most recent work, 2014’s Ode to Joy, was written during a residency at The Bruno Arts Bank after Murdoch spent six months travelling around the world visiting music and arts festivals from Timbuktu, Mali to Bogota, Colombia. Much more than a travelogue, the song-cycle is about joyful rebellion and taking the future back from those that tell us that it doesn’t exist.

The Nautical Miles have toured Canada and Europe and been presented at internationally renowned festivals such as The Vancouver Folk Music Festival, The PuSh International Performing Arts Festival and the Isle of Wight Festival. Their single Mythmaker debuted at #1 on CBC Radio 3’s chart show in 2013.

The band will perform Nov. 5, 8 p.m. at Centre Stage at Surrey City Hall (13450 104 Ave.)

As a special “Fall Back” offer, tickets for the show are two for $30 (they’re regularly $23-28 each), available at the door, by calling 604-501-5566, or at tickets.surrey.ca

 

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