NIPISSING TOWNSHIP – The sweet rootsy sound of Sweet Alibi will fill the air this Thanksgiving weekend at Piebird Farmstay in Nipissing Township.
The Winnipeg trio comprised of Jessica Ayre, Michelle Anderson and Amber Nielsen look forward to playing a smaller venue as part of their eastern tour on Saturday, Oct. 6, at 7:30 p.m.
The band has been together since their debut in 2009 and spent the past year touring the country, recently releasing their new song Get It Right, which has headed out across the country for radio play.
Ayres says Get It Right starts off soft and melodic, but once the base and the drums kick in it takes on a groovier feel.
“Harmonies are the basis to a lot of our songs, our vocals. With that it gives it a soft feel but with some of our newer writing, there is a little bit more edge in different parts,” said Ayres. “It’s a rootsy kind of sound that we get.”
“Their heavenly harmonies and folksy R&B sound just feels so perfect as the nights start to cool and autumn begins closing in around us,” said Piebird owner Yan Roberts in a media release. “This is the perfect kind of music to have in your head as you kick through the autumn leaves or haul a wheelbarrow full of pumpkins through the field.”
“Drawing influence from a vast array of musical references, Sweet Alibi applies a quirky pop sensibility to an eclectic set. Songs range in mood from hauntingly provocative ballads to left of center takes on everything from country and soul to old-time jazz,” states the release. “Backing their vocals with electric guitars, banjos, hand percussion, ukuleles, upright bass, and whatever else they can get their hands on, Sweet Alibi compliments a diverse set with an equally electric instrumentation.
Ayre told the Almaguin News that the band was looking at the tour listing for bands similar to themselves and discovered many of them had played at Piebird.
“We looked it up and it looked really nice,” she said. “I think we do well with that style of show with a listening audience that is more intimate.”
She says the band does a lot of bigger venues such as summer festivals but they always look forward to the intimate ones, like the one at PieBird, which serves a homegrown vegan dinner before most of their concerts. For this concert, however, Piebird owners Sherry and Yan will be upping the ante with by serving a by-advanced-reservation vegan Thanksgiving feast before the show.
Tickets are $15 for the show. For more information about the show, visit www.piebird.ca/concerts or to take a sneak peak of the sounds of Sweet Alibi visit sweetalibi.com.