Friday, July 30, 2021

Music trio West My Friend performs Saturday at the Pearl Theater

| January 30, 2020 1:00 AM

Back by popular demand, The Pearl Theater proudly welcomes Eden Oliver, Alex Rempel and Jeff Poynter, collectively the fiery Cascadian trio West My Friend, in concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1.

The three gifted and sonically adventurous band members from Victoria, British Columbia, thrive on creating a new box, then thinking outside of it. Punctuated by musings on anxiety and belonging, song structures vary and dynamics change from moment to moment, painting powerful lyrical portraits over backgrounds of violins and trumpets that swell, collapse, and tumble between bold harmonies.

In the modern musical landscape, it’s rare to hear something as put-together as folk outfit West My Friend — something so layered, deeply symphonic, baroque and mysterious in its own winking way while still courting an edge of disaster.

Simple is safe, but complex is fiery, intricate, and ultimately more rewarding.

Steeped in the visual styles of western Canada, West My Friend are veterans of the Victoria music scene. After 10 years as a band, they released their fourth album, “In Constellation,” in September.

West My Friend continues to refine the art of creating achingly poignant folk music, only this time, they’re backed by a full symphony orchestra, heavily layered while remaining lighthearted.

Intricate yet accessible. Melancholic yet optimistic.

With more than 650 performances and several tours under their collective belt, West My Friend is bringing forth a new sound you’ve never known you’ve wanted, and new meaning to the things you’ve never known you needed.

To learn more and hear their latest tracks, visit

Advance tickets are $15 adults and $5 students at Bonners Books, Mountain Mike’s, online at Brown Paper Tickets ( or by calling 208-610-2846. Tickets at the door are $18.

Doors at the Pearl Cafe, 7160 Ash St., Bonners Ferry, open at 6 p.m.

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The Pearl Theater, a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization founded in 2012 with the goal of providing quality performing arts in an intimate historic downtown Bonners Ferry theater, is located at 7160 Ash St., Bonners Ferry. To learn more, visit or call 208-610-2846.