The Strange Valentines - Folk Music for Twisted Souls
Imagine a genre combined of Australian rock and Canadian Maritime folk for a Canadiana sound that is The Strange Valentines. Comprised of Australian rocker David Farrell and Nova Scotian folk artist Janet Mills, this duo challenges the borders of folk/rock in the mix of flavours that result. Newly moved to River John, Nova Scotia; strong melodies, soulful stories, quirky humour, smidges of salt and grit, and lovely rich harmonies mark each soulful performance. Inspired by the work of The Waifs and Jason Isbell, they come out sounding somewhere between Brandi Carlisle and The Milk Carton Kids.
Currently promoting their 6th album ‘Odd Angled Love Songs for Humans’ released June 1st, 2019, they are recently returned from the Odd Angled tour of the UK and Maritimes. A 7th album due for release in 2020, finds them moving away from a produced sound to a more raw reflection of their acoustic performance.
David Farrell is an accomplished guitarist previously part of the Australian rock circuit, touring and opening for such major acts as INXS and Canned Heat. Janet Mills was born into Nova Scotia kitchen parties and plays mandolin and Irish bouzouki. The two met in Atlanta and struck a chord. Factors including enduring several years apart spanning the Atlantic Ocean, a sudden depart from working within (and in spite of) the bureaucracy of the science world, as well as various other personal strife, have proven to be a bottomless cup of songwriting inspiration.
Both members share lead and harmony vocals, using wit and sincerity to tell provocative stories. Whether a political protest, an unjust story of strife, or a pirate song, you feel and become part of the journey in song.