Promo Pic - Sofiella Watt & the BanditsFolk-a-billy blues / Gypsy – Nelson, BC

Sofiella Watt is an independent folkstress hailing from East Coast Australia. She is a self taught guitarist and banjo plucker, songwriter, bread baker, vagrant, and washboard enthusiast. She has been performing her music since before she could legally enter venues; playing festivals, bars, parks, pubs, warehouses and lounge rooms.

Following her self-titled debut release in 2010, the winter of 2013 harked the release of the EP “To Friends Of The North Wind”. As soon as recording was finished Sofiella hit the road with her musical pirate man, Jimmy Maher, and so was born Sofiella Watt and Huckleberry Jim. The two embarked on a tour that stretched over 4 Australian states, 2 and a half months and 20 shows, from Melbourne to Darwin.

Since relocating their guitars, banjo and washboard to Nelson, BC, the duo have formed Sofiella Watt and the Huckleberry Bandits; with Lee Campese on drums, Jakob Simek on upright bass and David Reid on mandolin. The group recently received ‘Best Folk/Country/Roots Act’ in the Kootenay Music Awards, and has been getting many feet stomping across BC and Alberta with their unique brand of gypsy folk-a-billy-blues. The troupe will be touring throughout the summer,promoting their fresh off the press self-titled EP.

“If we were a wanky wine label, we would read something like this: …a motley mix of winsome folk, bruised with blues and infused with banjo. A full bodied country blend, with heady jazz notes, and spicy gypsy undertones”

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