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The Wilds is led by singer/songwriters Holly Arntzen – vocals, dulcimer, piano, and Kevin Wright – vocals, percussion, sax, of the Artist Response Team (ART). When Holly and Kevin sing together think Joni Mitchell meets Bon Scott. An unlikely combination, but one that bears rich sounds, energy and a unique perspective. They mix up heart and soul with edge, serious issues with humour.
The sound of The Wilds is Folk Pop to Rock Your World – the folk/blues of Holly’s slide dulcimer, mixed with Kevin’s hard hitting cajon and congas, anchored by a guitar/bass combo and lit up by rich vocal harmonies. The Wilds’ songs take you on a cultural, ecological journey, from the soaring mountain tops of Roses in October and the pounding downpour of Pennies From Heaven to the spawning rivers of Up Your Watershed! and the old-growth forests of Mr. Douglas.
The Wilds is a project for band mates who have played together for many years in different forms. The Wilds collective of musicians includes: David Sinclair – guitar, Brian Newcombe – bass, Shawn Soucy – drums, Bill Sample – keyboards, Karel Roessingh – keyboards, Andreas Schuld – guitar, Steve Moyer – bass, Mike Lent – bass, owen Owen, OWEN – bass, Robert Walsh – guitar.
Some recent featured performances include the 40 Million Salmon Can’t Be Wrong Stageshow (White Rock, 2013), Skeena Up Your Watershed! Tours (2011 and 2013), Creatively United for the Planet Festival headliners (Victoria, BC 2012 & 2013 ), Brackendale Art Gallery (2013), Cohofest (West Vancouver 2011 & 2012), Island Folk Fest Providence Farm (2012 Main stage, Island stage and a workshop), Water For Life Concert and Global BC TV Special (Burnaby, 2011).
Holly, Kevin and The Wilds regularly lead Voices of Nature concerts throughout BC and Alberta which feature thousands of young people every year. Recent concerts include the 2500-seat Jubilee Auditorium in Edmonton, 3 shows at the Bell Centre for Performing Arts in Surrey, Michael J. Fox Theatre in Burnaby. WATCH Waiting For Orca at the Bell Centre, April 2013.
NEW ALBUM RELEASE – UP YOUR WATERSHED!
In support of the 2015 Up Your Watershed! Tour – see the events page
Up Your Watershed! (2015) $15
Compilation CD of 13 songs featured on the tour with The Watershed Song and Urban Mining previously unreleased.
The Watershed Song / Mr. Douglas / Urban Mining / Water For Life / Salish Sea / Wild Waters / Shade of Our Trees / Voices of Nature / I Am the Future / Life Cycle Dance / Big Change Starts Small / 40 Million Salmon Can’t Be Wrong / Up Your Watershed! – PLAY SAMPLES BELOW
OTHER ALBUM RELEASES: Live at the DGS (2012) and 40 Million Salmon Can’t Be Wrong (live 2014), both featuring a unique mix of classic Holly Arntzen songs, brand new material by Holly and Kevin, as well as fan favourite covers by CCR, The Pogues and Paul Simon and more.
CLICK HERE to watch all the songs on the 40 Million Salmon Can’t Be Wrong Vimeo Channel!
40 Million Salmon Can’t Be Wrong (2014) $15
Recorded live at Blue Frog Studios, White Rock, BC
40 Million Salmon Can’t Be Wrong / March of the Spirit Bear / AYO! / Salmon Circle / Fish & Trees / Salish Sea / Waiting For Orca / Where the Coho Flash Silver / Sing All Our Cares Away / Up Your Watershed!
Live at the DGS (2012) $15
Recorded live at the Duncan Garage Showroom, Duncan, BC
Rain / Mr. Douglas / 5ive Sisters / Boy in the Bubble / Roses in October / 3 Minute Culture / Fairy Tale of New York / Loggers / Pave BC / Have You Ever Seen the Rain? / Everyday Music of the Earth / Pennies From Heaven / Mr. Douglas (studio demo)
March of the Spirit Bear – The Wilds (Full band) – Live at Blue Frog Studios
w/ Candlefish Singers
40 Million Salmon Can’t Be Wrong – The Wilds (Full band) – Live at Blue Frog Studios
AYO! – The Wilds (Full band) – Live at Blue Frog Studios w/Candlefish Singers
The Wilds – OFFICIAL Mr. Douglas Music Video
The Wilds live at Coho Festival 2012 w/ Brothers Arntzen
The Wilds as a 3-piece perform The Pogues’ Fairy Tale of New York
The Wilds as a 3-piece perform “RAIN”