The Distillery are a very charming blues trio (sometimes five piece) that can appear to be deceptively mellow at times. Please don't relax too much, as we bring out the sabre tooth tiger when you least expect it. Look for our releases "What You Told Me", "How We Carry On" and latest self-titled recording.
"This is a trio from Toronto who are touring throughout the midwest and east coast and are just working their way home this week. They play blues music which often does not excite me, but it does not take long before I realize that this band is not just an ordinary blues band. There are female vocals, acoustic guitar, and the third member rotates between harmonica and piano. The first song showcases outstanding harmonica. He plays it with great control of the volume and an incredibly smooth transition between notes. The vocals are excellent and also show a great understanding of dynamics. The guitarist is fitting in nicely until the third song when he moves to the front of the sound and shows that he is one of the best guitarists you will likely see in a while, as he has incredible speed and touch. They combine great style and substance and know how to work off of each other. This was an excellent set that went over extremely well with the crowd." - DC Rock Live
The Distillery burst onto the scene with their debut release "What You Told Me", winner of the 2012 Toronto Independent Music Award for Best Blues. The band was chosen as a finalist in the 2012 Toronto Blues Society Talent Search, and went on to tour West Coast Canada, and two US tours leading up to the 2015 EP "How We Carry On". With a handful of festival performances (including JunoFest, Tremblant International Blues Festival, Lighthouse Blues Festival, Southside Shuffle, Canal Bank Shuffle, Toronto TD Jazz Festival, Barrie Jazz & Blues, etc), the band's latest 3 song recording is now floating around in the world. Send us an email to get your copy! Look out for a new recording US tour in summer 2017 because we like to play live and drink scotch with you.
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The Distillery is...
CHLOE WATKINSON - vocals
NEIL HENDRY - guitar
JORDAN SAFER - harmonica / keys