Cod Gone Wild are on their Christmas album release tour with shows in Penticton and Osoyoos. The band will also perform in Summerland on Friday at the annual Light Up celebration. Submitted photo

Cod Gone Wild deliver Christmas with a Celtic twist to the South Okanagan

Christmas album release concerts in Penticton and Osoyoos

The cod are coming – and they’re going wild!

The popular Celtic-inspired band will perform in Penticton on Dec. 6 to celebrate the November release of their new CD, The Neighbourhood Rounds. The band will also perform at the Summerland Light Up this Friday at 7:15 p.m. and on Dec. 13 at the Osoyoos Community Theatre.

The band is focused on giving traditional music a modern edge, with a blend of classical, folk, rock and jazz to create a dynamic and unique sound.

Through their uplifting energy and tight vocal harmonies, they weave together a tapestry of tales that evokes a nostalgic experience of days gone by.

Based in the Okanagan Valley since 2009, when lead singer/multi-instrumentalist Andrew Mercer, transplanted from Newfoundland, bringing with him his passion for the rich culture and the deeply rooted music he grew up with.

Joining Mercer in the studio and on the stage are Susan Aylard on fiddle, Sean Bray on electric guitar, Martyn Jones on bass and drummer David Mihal.

Recognized as one of Canada’s top Celtic acts, the Cods are coming off a busy year already after the release of their fourth studio album, The Islander, last June, and are excited about their upcoming tour and release of their Christmas album.

This album hearkens back to Mercer’s early years in Newfoundland.

“I grew up in a small neighbourhood street called Newfound Lane, in the town of Bay Robert’s,” he said, pointing out there was a tight knit group of neighbours, who regularly got together to celebrate each other’s birthdays and anniversaries. “Years ago, a tradition was started at Christmas time to go around the neighbourhood and visit each house, taking the time to have a drink, some food, and to spin a few yarns at each stop along the way.”

The tradition of the neighbourhood rounds, continues today and Mercer has written the title track of the album to not only keep the tradition alive, but to remind people to come together this holiday season.

Related: Roots & Blues presents A Tribute to the Blues Songs of Christmas

“It is my hope that in the spirit of the season, despite this tumultuous world we live in, that people can come together. Visit your neighbours, check in on a friend that you haven’t spoken to in a while, and most importantly, make time for family,” says Mercer.

The new album features a mix of original songs and Christmas songs that Mercer grew up listening to on the East Coast.

Tickets for the Penticton and Osoyoos shows are $25 in advance ($30 at the door, if available) and are available at the Shatford Centre or at www.codgonewild.com. Showtime is 7:30 pm.


@SalmonArm
newsroom@saobserver.net

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Morning Start: The Exorcist film set was haunted

Your morning start for Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020

Documentary on Kelowna brothers’ Central American surf resort business releases

Lucas and Travis Boychuk moved to Nicaragua in 2008, starting their surf resort business

Historic Oliver Museum renovated to better serve community

The 96-year-old building previously faced challenges with heating, cooling and wood degradation

City of Penticton developing plan to improve access to child care

Parents, guardians, care providers asked to provide input

Former Summerlander receives Emmy nomination for makeup work

Lucky Bromhead recognized for her work with Canadian sitcom Schitt’s Creek

STANDING TALL: For some, B.C.’s forest industry is the best office in the world

A look at the forest sector in B.C. – and those hoping for the best – amid mill curtailments

Bad behaviour at B.C. restaurants ignites campaign calling for respect

“If you can’t follow the rules, then stay home,” says BC Restaurant and Foodservices Association

Sky’s no limit for 15-year-old Okanagan pilot

Young Kensington Hewson gets pilots licence before she can drive

Over half of Americans oppose Trump tariff on Canadian aluminum: survey

The survey was conducted Aug. 7 to 9 among 1,513 Canadians and 1,003 Americans

Oh baby, what a birthday gift: $2.8M raised to help B.C. boy with rare disease

‘We are very thankful to everybody,’ Aryan Deol’s father says

‘Huckleberry’ the bear killed after B.C. residents admit to leaving garbage out for videos

North Shore Black Bear Society said it was local residents who created a ‘death sentence’ for bear

Police investigating after insults, expletives yelled at federal minister’s staff

A 90-second video circulating on social media appears to have been shot by the person who was yelling

Lost dog reunited with family 3 months after going missing on remote B.C. trail

‘The poor thing was skin and bones,’ says one of its Vancouver Island rescuers

5 B.C. First Nations call out Canada for ‘discriminatory’ food fish practices

West Coast nations say government ignoring court-won right to chinook and coho

Most Read