The River and The Road are currently based out of East Vancouver and play Folk/Americana music. The core writing partnership being Banjo/Multi-Instrumentalist Keenan Lawlor and Guitarist/Multi-Instrumentalist Andrew Phelan, recently joined by Drummer/Percussionist Cole George and Bass Guitarist John Hayes.
While not Vancouver locals, the duo has been tirelessly working for the past 6 months to make it feel like home, and the response has been outstanding. With multiple sold out shows, festival touring and a young, dedicated fan base, Vancouver is starting to notice the boy’s tenacity and D.I.Y work ethic.
Keenan draws influence from North Vancouver Island, where he was born and raised. Andrew, alternatively, writes from his experiences traveling and growing up in the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney, Australia. Together they have developed a sound that stands out from the standard Folk/Americana genre and can be easily recognized by their powerful harmonies and energetic live performance. Having recently released their Debut album and boasting a full band, The River and The Road are working hard to cement their name in Vancouver's Folk music scene.
The River and The Road are currently booking through the Northern American Summer, and preparing for the Australian Summer Circuit. The band is also staying busy in Vancouver by being accepted into the Peak Performance Project, enabling them a far broader scale of audience, and putting them in the advantageous position of claiming $100,500 in touring and recording cost aid.
The accolades that follow them, and the live show that precedes them is nothing but a good sign for The River and The Road.
"Folk music that made the audience melt... I would highly recommend the beautiful music and versatile swapping-of-instruments that makes up The River and the Road"
Vancouver Music Review:
"What can we say: the guys are clearly on their way somewhere good." - The Cover Folk.