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'Their tunes might recall something by a wine-whipped country string band... one moment and then a bluesy-woozy outtake from Tom Waits' Bone Machine the next, and they have no qualms about wailing a teary ballad at the drop of a Stetson. Silver Hearts don't need to wear tin sheriff's deputy badges to set themselves apart. When you travel in a 14-strong posse dressed in matching black suits, you tend to stand out in a crowd.' - Now Magazine, Toronto, Canada. 'The Silver Hearts could probably kick my ass, drink me under the table and steal my wallet all without missing a beat, without skipping a note, without dropping a solo. ' - Broken Pencil, Toronto, Canada 'Triumphant, passionate and inspiring are not adjectives that usually describe showcase gigs but Peterborough's finest folkestra fed a frenzied crowd with Sadie-ish country, barrel-house blues, New Orleans hot jazz and otherworldly duets between the musical saw and theremin. Must be seen to be believed' - Exclaim! Magazine, Canada. 'A concert by the Silver Hearts is like a steaming pot of gumbo. Knock back a mouthful and you'll find a little bit of everything in it: ragtime, cow-punk, Tin Pan Alley, little chunks of bluegrass. Loose-limbed and good-natured, The Silver Hearts music is also tight and centred. ' - Ottawa Citizen, Ottawa, Canada 'They just happen to be lucky enough to have a harmonica, accordion, dobro, thremin, fiddle, musical saw, sousaphone, trumpet, trombone, banjo, piano, electrical and acoustic guitars, a lap and pedal steel to play with - as well as a guitorgan. The vaudevillian cacophony is as brilliant and planned as it is boisterous and exhuberant. ' - Hour Montreal, Montreal, Canada. The Silver Hearts are a Peterborough-based band formed in January of 2000. With amazing energy, poignant song writing and instrumentation unlike anything you've seen, The Silver Hearts have quickly become one of the most popular live bands in Ontario. A blend of accordion, fiddles, piano, brass, theremin and more, the music of the Silver Hearts evades description by modern genres. A mixture of western roots, tin-pan-alley, blues and ragtime that has been described at various times as a 'beer orchestra', 'ghost town western music', 'music for an Irish wake' and 'a brothel blues orchestra', The Silver Hearts take forgotten music and reinvent it with a new sense of style and vitality.