Date:  Apr 9, 2017
Time: Doors open 6:30 pm,  Concert  7:30 pm
Where:  Vernon Lodge and Conference Centre
Tickets: Available at Ticketsellers.ca, Bean Scene, (2 wks before the show) or at the door (cash only!)
Price: $25/ticket – VFRMS Members $20

Pharis & Jason Romero

Pharis and Jason Romero

Pharis and Jason return to the Vernon Folk Roots Music Society after their sold out show 2015. This time with a Juno for traditional roots album!

Singing vibrant duets, writing deadly songs, playing handmade banjos and loving old acoustic guitars, Pharis & Jason Romero have a classic story. When a matchmaker, some scratchy old records, and a custom banjo led to their meeting in 2007, they quickly knew they were in for the long haul. They’ve since released five records – three as a duo – and toured across North America and the UK. They’ve been featured on NPR Music, CBC, BBC, Folk Alley, and many more, and have performed on A Prairie Home Companion and CBC’s The Vinyl Cafe. They are passionate teachers and believers in many things folk, and their heartbreakingly harmonic live show is an ever-evolving and never-ending quest for good songs and beautiful sounds.

A Wanderer I’ll Stay (2015) is the latest in a string of critically acclaimed, award-winning albums from the duo. Raising a family while developing an ever-growing demand for custom J. Romero Banjos, Pharis and Jason have made time to carve out new songs – heartbreak to wilderness dwellers, gourd banjo instrumentals to hopeful refrains – and put their singularly recognizable stamp on old songs. Called “sublime” (NPR) and “brilliant” (BBC), it was nominated for , an International Folk Music Award and four Canadian Folk Music Awards, while the title track was 2015’s #1 most-played song on the Folk-DJ Charts. Pharis & Jason’s releases continue to attract audiences and radio play globally.

Pharis & Jason released their second duo record, Long Gone Out West Blues, in early 2013. It’s a record with a refreshing veteran spirit, in keeping with their love of songs new and old. Connecting 1927 to modern days they sing vibrant duets, write heartbreaking songs, play hand-made banjos and love old acoustic guitars. Long Gone Out West Blues won this small town BC couple a Canadian Folk Music Award for Traditional Singer (and nominated for Traditional Album of the Year), an Independent Music Award nomination for Americana Album, and two Western Canadian Music Awards nominations. It was included on many Best of 2013 lists – including NPR Music’s Top 10 Folk & Americana releases of the year – and has been featured on NPR Music’s Favorite Sessions, Utne Magazine’s Monthly Music Sampler, and Folk Alley’s Hear It First.

Their first duo record, A Passing Glimpse, earned them New/Emerging Artist of the Year at the 2012 Canadian Folk Music Awards, Americana Album of the Year at the 2012 Independent Music Awards, and and was included on many Best and Most Played of 2011 charts including Folk Alley, Folk-DJ, and Galaxie Folk-Roots.

Pharis & Jason have delighted in appearing on A Prairie Home Companion several times, the Vancouver, Winnipeg and Edmonton Folk Music Festivals, Pickathon, and at performing and teaching engagements across North America.