Victoria Jazz Society

Cousin Harley

Sunday, August 25 | Ship Point | 2:10pm

From Vancouver, Cousin Harley can explode like an active volcano, swing like the Basie band, and holler like a lonesome hillbilly in the back woods of the Appalachia, all in a single show. This trio has been rocking international audiences for 20 years! Not to be trifled with and not to be missed, folks. Called the “Motorhead of Rockabilly” by a delirious fan after a particularly raucous show in Holland, there’s nothing tentative about Cousin Harley’s pedal to the metal approach to this stripped down form of rock and roll. As frontman Paul Pigat notes, “Cousin Harley’s been my main project for 12 or 13 years now, and people think it’s easy to play rockabilly, but nothing could be farther from the truth. Everyone has to be on board from the first note or it just doesn’t work.” And judging from the people who drove or flew hundreds of miles to attend shows on his last European jaunt, everything’s working just fine. Prepare yourself to rollick and romp in a jet-fueled rockabilly haze. This show isn’t for the faint of heart.
You’ve been warned! Jesse Cahill drums, Jeremy Holmes bass