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Merry Xmas!

Merry Christmas! Here’s a present from us, a new recording of a couple of our favourite carols:wychwood.bandcamp.com/album/in-the-bleak-midwinter-silent-night Christmas music’s weird. In a way, it’s just about the only remaining music in our culture that acts as that musical commons we drone on about. (Nobody really knows or cares who wrote or first recorded any carol…

You’re invited to the release party for Blackgrass Harvest 20.11.2022

There’s a party coming up to celebrate the release of Wychwood’s first “proper” album and you’re invited. Come celebrate our new Blackgrass Harvest album with a combination concert and listening party. We’ll be playing songs from the album with an assortment of guest musicians including Oddeline, David Jackson (Day of Niagara, IMOO), Haley Wolk (Rubber…

Hallowe’en show!

We’re going to playing Libby & Cal’s album release this Hallowe’en weekend – October 29 – it’s gonna be great spooky fun. There will be candy, there will be prizes for best costumes… also: music. All the fun details & tickets magically appear by going to bit.ly/libbycal. If you wander over to Libby Hortop on…

Tunnelfest! October 1

Kick off spooky month in Ottawa with us this Saturday – and a host of musical friends! Once again, the tunnel supplies natural reverb and amplification, the fresh air provides pleasant safety, we’ll supply the songs, you can make it special. Saturday, Oct 1, 6pm, at the tunnel to the Library & Archives parking lot…

A snippet of ukelele thru wild FX

Here’s a snippet of “Kitty alone,” a traditional kid’s song from Appalachia with a haunting melody and slightly surreal lyrics, on the ukelele and through the Empress Reverb and Echosystem. Featuring a totally normal bedroom with an ultranormal amount of pedals. Shot by Sandy Zelazy (AKA Silver Reeds). We actually spent nearly the whole time…

Two videos from Ottawa’s Hiroshima & Nagasaki Peace Memorial Lantern Ceremony

Earnest TV, Episode 1, guest starring Hayley and Kris. After coming together to play some songs at Ottawa’s Hiroshima & Nagasaki Peace Memorial Lantern Ceremony a couple of days ago, we reconvened to the Quaker house basement to create a record some of what we’d played. “Deadly Harvest” is known in Japanese as 原爆を許すまじ or…

Tim playing with Alexis Castrogiovanni

If you’re in Toronto, you should probably come see Tim try to keep with Alexis Castrogiovanni at the Canadian Music Centre, this Thursday June 16. There’s a livestream too! If you can stand another screen event. There will be cello, there will be banjo, there will be dreamy-noisy effects, many feelings, and strange beautiful music.…

Ottawa Drone Day

We’re going to be playing 6-7 pm on May 28 at Art House Cafe as part of Ottawa Drone Day. If you want to hear the saw (and other admittedly less exciting instruments) played through a bunch of dreamy-spooky effects and blended into old folk songs, you’ll like this. Ottawa Drone Day has activities all…

Using a phone as a banjo pickup

Chrissy soldered a mic wire onto an old phone receiver – and it sounds great on vocals – but more recently Tim’s been experimenting with using it to pick up banjo and sent it through pedals. Here’s how it sounds in action – running the banjo input an Empress Reverb and Echosystem in this video,…

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