The Strange Valentines - Folk Music for Twisted Souls
Australian rocker David Farrell and Maritime folk artist Janet Mills team up for a new shade of genre on the folk/rock colour wheel with duo The Strange Valentines. Based in Regina, Saskatchewan their strong melodies, soulful stories, quirky humour, and rich harmonies, has been described as if the Kinks jammed with Fleetwood Mac using only acoustic instruments in a folksy type backdrop. They are currently promoting their 5th album ‘Society of Good Intentions’ released February 14, 2018, recently returned from the Good Intention 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 somewhat Tom Petty-ish tones and the sweet haunting passion of Janet, reminiscent of Helen Reddy, tell stories of personal struggle and nostalgia with rich blended harmonies and quirky twists. From the depths of ‘Bad Day’ or being lost in ‘The Rural Abyss’, songs have an element of intimacy, inviting a feeling of sharing one’s soul over toast and tea.