Hitting the mainstage on Saturday, October 1 at 3:45 pm are local folk act, Steel & Timber.

During the summer of 2014, Calgary’s Edworthy Park was a convenient place to jam.  What banjo player Nathan H-Thompson and guitarist Ben Rogalsky didn’t expect, was for passers-by to take interest in their music and start giving them money.  As the coins and album requests added up, these accidental buskers decided to take this seriously and Steel & Timber was born.  Within a short time, their energetic performances earned them invitations to farmers markets, small festivals, charity events, and private functions in Calgary and surrounding area.  In March 2015, the trio released their debut, Home Brew, which boosted their popularity and allowed them to become regional finalists in CBC Searchlight 2015.

The year 2016 has brought them continued success, as they made headlines after being selected for the City of Calgary, Junos on the C-Train Busking Program. The band has a number of shows booked into the fall, (including ours) and is looking forward to the release of their second album. Steel & Timber’s sound could be classified as alternative folk and roots.  Influenced by groups like the Avett Brothers, the Strumbellas, and Josh Ritter, Steel & Timber has found a sound that is exciting, accessible, and makes people dance!

Steel & Timber’s sound could be classified as alternative folk and roots.  Influenced by groups like the Avett Brothers, the Strumbellas, and Josh Ritter, Steel & Timber has found a sound that is exciting, accessible, and makes people dance!

We’re thrilled to have them join us at ARTember this year, kicking off our new festival format. If you want to learn more about them be sure to check out their website www.steel-and-timber.com

The first time I heard Steel & Timber play live was for a food bank fundraiser in June 2015. When I saw that upright bass, banjo, and guitar, I knew I was going to fall in love. And indeed I did! I couldn’t sit still for the entire set! It’s impossible to listen to this band without clapping your hands, stomping your feet, and grinning. Talented musicians and just incredibly great guys. I predict big things for Steel & Timber!”  -Jenny Howe, CBC Homestretch