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The Deep Dark Woods

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Saskatoon, Canada (2005 – present)

The Deep Dark Woods is a Canadian folk/alt country band from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan , currently signed to Sugar Hill Records in the United States and Six Shooter Records in Canada. First established in 2005, the band consists of singer and guitarist Ryan Boldt, bass guitarist Chris Mason, organist and pianist Geoff Hilhorst, lead guitarist Clayton Linthicum and drummer Lucas Goetz. Founding member Burke Barlow played guitar until 2012.

The timeless sound of the aptly named “The Deep Dark Woods” belongs to the depressing winters of the north. Pulsing with human warmth, these original songs echo through the lonesome night. Ryan Boldt’s plainspoken lyrics offer a strong but gentle tone which understates poetry, oftentimes as startling as hot blood in fresh snow. Despite the dark themes, the heaviness never overwhelms the music’s playfulness. An utterly fun rhythm section, brilliant guitar work, and eerily rich harmonies drive the songs. One could easily be forgiven for mistaking their songs as treasures of decades past, as The Deep Dark Woods approach their instruments with studied respect for the honoured traditions of the shadowy side of roots music.

The Deep Dark Woods’ 2009 release “Winter Hours” is a collection of their best recordings yet. Working with Juno award winning producer/musician Steve Dawson at “The Factory” in Vancouver, they managed to truly bring out an energy that the new songs deserved, recording the album live off the floor.

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