The BelleRegards are a band based out of Toronto that plays what they like to call “rowdy folk”. With high-energy live shows, foot-stomping rhythms, trad breaks and good humour, this is real Canadian folk music. Based on the songwriting and harmonies of Matthew Kingsley and Melanie Hilmi, driven by the slap-rhythms and bowed upright bass of Mitchell Thomson, and infused with old-timey French-Canadian fiddle by David Poulin, the members of the group hail from four different provinces and each brings a unique flavour to The BelleRegards' sound.
It all began in 2012 when a passion for music brought each of the members to Toronto to study audio production. Soon the boys were jamming in Matt's living room and Mel joined in shortly after. By the end of the year the four had launched a self-produced EP, "One Word".
Throughout 2013 they produced and recorded their first full-length album, "Nothing to Lose", which was released in March of 2014. The album was recorded in a sprawling house along the Moira River and captures the organic feeling of open space and old wood.
The band chose to get out of the city once again to record their newest album, "Jameson Lake." Released Sept 1st 2016, the album maintains their blend of small-town tales and urban struggle, this time adding a full-moon and wind chimes.
"More versatile than the typical folk combo, mixing in bluegrass, rockabilly, country, and old-time folk flavours. Spirited instrumentation and nicely-knitted vocal harmonies are signatures."
New Canadian Music
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