“Between the mandolins, singalong folk melodies and driving percussion come nods to 70s classic rock, left-field samples and sonic experimentation … Balk at the ambitiousness, cheer at the result.” —NOW Magazine

The Gertrudes are a unique and experimental music collective from Kingston’s Skeleton Park neighbourhood. This down-home “folkestra” lay down experimental beds and frolic through a veritable orchestra of instruments. The Gertrudes have included a versatile collective of musicians to produce four full length albums, two EPS, participate in numerous Canadian festivals (notably the Vancouver Folk Fest, Pop Montreal, Wolfe Island Music Fest, Halifax Pop Explosion) and share the stage with artists such Sarah Harmer, Calexico, and Ricky Skaggs. Just to Please You is the group’s first full length album collaboration with Neptune’s Machine Producer Jason Mercer (ani difranco, Ron Sexsmith). Taking inspiration from artists like Wilco and The National, The Gertrudes knit together a sound like an old-time saloon party travelling through deep space. Just to Please You follows four full length albums and extensive touring across the country, including memorable performances at the Vancouver Folk Festival and the Halifax Pop Explosion, and sharing the stage with artists like Sarah Harmer, Calexico, and Ricky Skaggs.

Appearing in 24. Musical Matinee: The Gertrudes