Clumsy Lovers to drop by pubWritten by Vicki L. Kroll | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Name a band Clumsy Lovers, and everyone wants to know the same thing. The answer is almost anti-climactic.
”What I gather from the story is the band had a gig before they had a name. They had to come up with something quick, on the fly,” said Andrea Lewis, fiddler and vocalist who joined the group one year after it formed. ”They were playing a traditional bagpipe tune called ‘The Clumsy Lover,’ so they thought they’d be the Clumsy Lovers.”
The quintet from Vancouver, British Columbia, has been sweeping people off their feet for a decade with their seductive mix of bluegrass, rock, Celtic, hip hop, reggae and country.
”I’ve heard people call our music eclectic speed folk, which is pretty suitable,” Lewis said last week from a tour stop in Sioux Falls, S.D.
Clumsy Lovers’ 2005 release, ”Smart Kid,” has received rave reviews and gained the group some face time on TV.
”The video for ‘Stand Up,’ our single from ‘Smart Kid,’ was picked up by CMT, and VH-1 Country picked it up and put it into regular rotation,” Lewis said. ”That was pretty cool and gratifying for us.”
One line from ”Stand Up” stands out: ”Happy are the ones who learn it’s not so odd to be strange.”
Combining unexpected genres has been a good thing for Lewis; Chris Jonat, bass and vocals; Trevor Rogers, guitar and vocals; Devon Wells, banjo and mandolin; and Tyler Thompson, drums.
”There’s so much music out there,” Lewis said. ”It’s really encouraging to see people finding music at other places, checking out satellite radio. There’s a whole other huge music scene out there waiting to be discovered.”
Clumsy Lovers will be at Mickey Finn’s Pub, 602 Lagrange St., May 30 at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door.