The Strange Valentines - Folk Music for Twisted Souls
If you were to create a genre out of Australian rock and Canadian Maritime folk you might end up with something that sounds like The Strange Valentines. Comprised of Australian rocker David Farrell and Nova Scotian folk artist Janet Mills the duo challenges the borders of folk/rock in the mix of flavours that result. Newly moved to River John, Nova Scotia, you'll get strong melodies, soulful stories, quirky humour, a sprinkle of grit, and lovely rich harmonies. They've also been described as if the Kinks jammed with Fleetwood Mac using only acoustic instruments in a folksy type backdrop. They are currently promoting their 6th album ‘Odd Angled Love Songs for Humans’ released June 1st, 2019, recently returned from the Odd Angled tour of the UK and Maritimes.
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.
Both members share lead and harmony vocals. David’s warm, engaging tones might make you think of Tom Petty or Bryan Adams; Janet has a saucy quality somewhere between Sarah McLaughlin and KT Tunstall. Together their songs tell stories. Whether a political protest, an unjust story of strife, or a pirate song, you feel and become part of the journey in song.