Guelph band The Folk have been playing music together for the last four years. This group of musicians attribute their success as a band to being friends and having the strength of that friendship shine through in their music and live performance. This month, you can experience The Folk as they play a CD release show for their new album We All Say at the A.N.A.F. Club 344 on April 19th. We caught up with Sara Bortolon-Vettor to learn more about the band and what they have been up to.
Music Lives: Can you give us a quick rundown on the history of the band? How did The Folk come to be?
Sara Bortolon-Vettor: We all met in Toronto, Ontario during the years of 2009/2010. We bonded over records, laughter and Patrick’s ghost stories. The man’s seen some shit.
ML: What was your goal when you started out? Did you think you’d be releasing a full LP four years later?
SBV: Like all bands, we wanted to record and play shows – it’s still our goal. The biggest step in the start of our existence was to learn how each of us approaches their instrument/voice, learning to listen. Our two EP’s You Say, I Say (2011) and Say It Again (2012) are considerably different in sound, which is reflective in the development of our music. We always wanted to release a full LP. It was only fitting for We All Say, to be our first full-length. It’s the third and final instalment of what we call The Communication Series, a representation of how we have learned to musically communicate with one another.
ML: Your show at the A.N.A.F. in Guelph on April 19th comes in the middle of an Ontario-wide tour. What’s your favourite part about playing live?
SBV: People are the best part of playing live. Especially in towns that we’re less familiar with; every person we meet is new and each conversation is different.
ML: Any memorable stories from the road?
SBV: Emma played a game with a gentleman of the streets called “Fisherman’s Friend.” She won a swig from his road beer as a result of telling him that her middle name was Vash, a Star Trek TNG character. He had no teeth…
ML: Where can people learn more about The Folk and your new LP We All Say?
SBV: Come out to a show!