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July 1st - The Burying Ground and Petunia

The Burying Ground (5 piece band!)


in a unique, under a roof, outdoor venue, full of horses!

at Mise-en-Place, 1025 Byng Rd // located on unceded Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) territory.

Doors at 7pm

Music at 7:30pm

BYOB (No glass bottles/cups please) + Bring your own chair to sit on:)

Tickets available here, or at the door

"There cannot be too many acts around whose principal influences and musical heroes emanate mainly from the first half of the 20th Century, but The Burying Ground is emphatically one of them. Yet they do not merely ape the source material that inspires them: Forster and Laye are devotees that study and absorb it deeply, filtering such as prewar blues, early jazz and American rural folk music traditions into their own lovely material. Punk rockers at heart and previously in actuality, they acutely recognize and hold dear the ‘original punks’ – the Lead Bellys and the Woody Guthries of this world – and reverently project the same spirit of fierce independence..." - David Morrison, Folk Radio UK.

We'll be performing as a 5 piece band!!!

Wynston Minckler - upright bass, Josh Doherty -harmonica/harmonies, Clara Rose - fiddle/harmonies, Devora Laye - washboard/saw/vocals, Woody Forster - guitar/vocals




Petunia (solo)

Petunia is more than just an entertainer, he’s a modern musical enigma. Imagine that David Lynch and Nick Cave had a hillbilly baby, that yodeled… or Tom Waits meets Elvis at Woody Guthrie’s hobo junction. This is just one way of describing the man known simply as Petunia. He’s an adventure seeker, a poker player, and a mysterious stranger. He’s been referred to as “The Savior of Country Music”, and a man who exists in a different era, bringing the past forth as something new to be celebrated and not forgotten.

Petunia grew up in rural Quebec, in exactly the sort of surroundings that a country musician would find idyllic, with old dilapidated barns, secret forts, and acres of unspoiled land. As an adult, the wandering spirit took a firm hold on his life, so he set out on the road, playing every major street corner across Canada and throughout the NYC subway system, before graduating to full fledged touring musician. When he’s not on the road playing shows, Petunia is also involved in the theatre world; building side projects, writing scores, acting, or collaborating with theatre artists. He currently resides in Vancouver BC, and works with several sets of sidemen across Canada, the US and Europe in addition to his own Vancouver based band, The Vipers. A restless wanderer, a musical historian, and a quirky yet amazing talent, Petunia is simply a Canadian treasure joining the greats from north of the 49th.

A poem by Al Mader describing Petunia:

Razor sharp hombre

all snake eyes and boxcars

steals a kiss from a raven-haired

flapper – slips out the side window

of a 1920s speakeasy

Out fleet foots a flat foot

hops a train to

Buddy Bolden’s tombstone

wins some horseflesh playing

high stud – pitches camp

beneath a prairie sky

watched over by a full moon

and a lovesick coyote

howling for mercy…


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