MAIN STAGE • FRIDAY, AUGUST 18 • 6:00PM
Shred Kelly is a five piece, alternative folk rock band that emerged from the heart of the Canadian Rockies in 2009. Over the past decade the band have taken their highly energetic live show from humble beginnings on the Canadian ski-town circuit to the international stage.
The band’s striking and energy-packed sound has evolved from their eclectic musical influences and their unique experiences as individuals. Their progressive pairing of acoustic instrumentation with electric counterparts, harmonies, and driving rhythm, continues to develop and reach new heights.
On Shred Kelly’s fifth album, Like a Rising Sun – Deluxe Version, one can sense a change of direction for the group as if life has taken a sharp turn for the Fernie, BC based alternative-folk rockers. From the first strum of “Rising Sun” to the dissonant fadeout of “Disconnect”, a fast paced and emotional album is laid out through 11 tracks that tell of major life upheaval in rapidly changing times. Written mostly in 2019 when lead singers/songwriters Tim Newton and Sage McBride welcomed their first child into the world only to lose Tim’s father to an illness one month later. The joy, sadness and uncertainty of that time allowed for a new lease on their highly energetic music and the stories they tell. The album is woven together in the immediate aftermath with themes of love, life, death, fear for the future, and new beginnings. With three new re-imagined songs from the album added to the Deluxe Version, it shows the grass roots and softer side of the band.
Since the album’s release, Shred Kelly has received positive reviews in Canada and internationally, Spotify Editorial Playlisting, a video feature by Grant Lawrence on CBC, International radio play, regular rotation on Sirus XM and Radio Eins in Berlin, and featured on Canadian alternative radio stations. The band recently opened for ‘The Dead South’ on 12 European dates in November 2021. Additionally, in 2021 they self produced their own Tiny Concert Tour in the summer in BC & Alberta through a partnership with On The Road Productions to bring live music back. They were recently nominated for Rock Artist of the Year at The 2021 Western Canadian Music Awards.
Riverfact: Shred Kelly returns to Riverfest after first performing in 2017.