T H E B A N D
“As a producer of events for all ages and interests, Festivals Kelowna is always on the lookout for bands with a solid sound that we think will draw interest from our audiences and provide great entertainment value. ‘Farmer’ is such a band. Not only do they sound great, are talented musicians with strong musicality, but they also know how to interact with our audiences and are great group of people to work with. “
Renata Mills, Executive Director
Farmer The Band are multi tasking, multi instrumentalist, indie folksters based in southern BC. Their Americana – sorry, Canadiana – songwriting and storytelling has taken the new band twice across Canada. The duo’s folk roots music fills the stage with vocal harmonies, guitar, bass, harmonica, drums, percussion, and anything else that’s in arm’s (or foot’s) reach. Like their songs, their stage set up will draw you in. It may look gimmicky but the “two-person-one-man-band” delivers a full ensemble sound live off the floor with no looping, just honest musicality and love for what they do.
One half of the band, Lourine Koide, is a harvester of metaphors and hope, inspired by the social conscious poetry of her South African roots and new homeland of Canada. The other half of the band, Glen Koide, a BC boy, born and raised, is a flat pickin’, finger pluckin’ strummer equally at home on the acoustic or electric guitar.
The singer songwriting team started off performing with two guitars in local coffee shops and farmers markets as a folk duo. Now they perform with a van full of instruments in venues coast to coast as husband and wife.