The Clumsy Lovers have brought their mix of fiddle and banjo-fuelled, bluegrassified Celtic rock to North American audiences for the last 20 years. With more than 3000 performances under their belts, their high-energy shows have worn out dance floors and created a loyal following in 49 states and across their homeland of Canada.
In addition to their live shows, The Clumsy Lovers have also released a series of award-winning and critically acclaimed recordings. Early self-produced recordings garnered the attention of venerated label Nettwerk Records, which came on board to release “After The Flood” (2005) and “Smart Kid” (2006). Both albums won a CD of the year nod from the Indie Acoustic Music awards, as well as being nominated for numerous other honors (including multiple mentions from The West Coast Music Awards, and the Canadian Folk Music Awards).
The Clumsy Lovers latest studio release is “Make Yourself Known”, a 13-song collection showcasing the band’s penchant for mixing styles. From bluegrass rave-ups to pop-rock sing-a-longs, this album brings the Lovers live show energy to your living room.
But the Clumsy Lovers are still, first and foremost, a live band. Their spontaneous forays into musical mayhem can only be experienced in person, and after years of relentless touring the Lovers feel most at home on a stage- a stage that has been shared with the likes of Old Crow Medicine Show, Darius Rucker, The Gourds, Leftover Salmon, Great Big Sea, Ani Difranco, Gaelic Storm, Carbon Leaf, Taylor Swift, The Young Dubliners and hundreds of other popular acts.
Aaron Harmonson – bass guitar
Jason Homey – banjo, mandolin
Chandra Johnson – fiddle, vocal
Devin Rice – drums
Trevor Rogers – vocals, guitar
“Their fusion of bluegrass and celtic with a rock attitude is the soundtrack for a kinetic show that has helped the band become a favorite of the roots music crowd” – San Antonio Express-News
“Buckle up for a ride on a crazed, banjo-driven folk rock bus, from the fiddle-tastic band that release After The Flood comes a high-energy, toe-tappin’ soiree that promises to please.” – Boulder Weekly
“The band’s sharply played Celtic/bluegrass-accented rock can often evoke The Pogues and Camper Van Beethoven.” – Chicago Tribune
“Some people see this Vancouver combo as a messed-up bluegrass band. Others see a messed-up Celtic group. Still others see a messed-up rock band. With a little something for everybody, the one consistent element the Lovers bring to every show is a riotous good time. Blending all the aforementioned influences into a ripsnortin’ and rootsy performance, these guys (and girl) are absolute road dogs and it shows in their powerful live shows.” — Orlando Weekly
“The banjo and fiddle say bluegrass, some songs feel Celtic, but the energy is rock ‘n’ roll.” – Montreal Gazette
“A wildly energetic convergence of Folk tradition and Rock innovation.” – Cincinnati City Beat
“A supercharged, high-octane mix of bluegrass, folk, Celtic and country music. This Canadian band melds the various strains into irresistible songs fit for the heartland.” – Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
“It’s clever and infectiously catchy stuff.” – Manchester Music (UK)
“Imagine the virtuosity of Nickel Creek with the Celtic influence of Dervish, arranged and produced as thoughtfully as a seventies supergroup. With the wonderful ability to transcend their more obvious musical influences, The Clumsy Lovers often throw in surprise chunks of pop and are prone to quite drastic stylistic leaps right in the middle of tunes.” – Guitarist Magazine (UK)
“Melodic, light-hearted Canadian rock that references bluegrass and Celtic sounds.” – Cleveland Plain Dealer
“The Clumsy Lovers have a kind of genre-transcending appeal. Songs that are so upbeat you want to dance to them, even if dancing is not your thing. Stylistic shifts that keep you listening: a very Irish fiddle break in the middle of a country tune or a ska beat that gives way to a pop chorus, followed by banjo solo.” – Hartford Advocate
“The Clumsy Lovers combine bluegrass and Celtic sounds in a lively mix that is all their own” – Billings News
“Their instrumentation (fiddle, banjo, mandolin, bass, guitar and harmonica) sez “bluegrass’n’Celtic” – and there’s plenty of that, to be sure – but this delightfully unhinged combo from British Columbia slips in tastes of ska, jam, country-rock, folk and soaring, infectious pop, too.” – Iowa City Press-Citizen
“A repertoire of breakneck, move-your-body tunes that veer wildly across genres. The Lovers have an infectious way of supercharging folk with ska, Celtic, Cajun and honky tonk that compels even the most rhythmically challenged to the dance floor.” -Richmond (Viriginia) Times-Dispatch
“The Clumsy Lovers’ sonic moonshine makes the people move.” – The Whistler Pique
“There would be smoke coming out of strings if this were a cartoon and sweat would fly from the CD player and splat on the wall.” -Americana UK
“Yee-haw bluegrass, stomp beats, and nifty fiddling – like Phish if they were locked in a Kentucky church for 10 years.” – College Times of Arizona
“The Clumsy Lovers are a powerhouse of a band from Western Canada. They remind me of a blend of Leftover Salmon, The Pogues, and the backing band for Riverdance” – Banjo Newsletter
“After seven albums and a jillion festival gigs, the Lovers are an amazingly tight ensemble for what is nominally a structured jam band.” -Houston Press
“A lively, giddy combination of bluegrass and country rock. It’s almost like fellow Canadians Barenaked Ladies decided to drop pop and try their hand in a whole new musical style. – Santa Monica Mirror
“At times, the music suggests a mutant offpsring of the Pogues and Bela Fleck & the Flecktones. Or maybe the Oysterband and Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder.” – Ann Arbor News
“Excitement that pushes the listener to want to talk about them, to run and hug your friends, and even take off on a bicycle in your pajamas!” – translated from Le Billet De Nashville (France)