Pushing the limits of how much ruckus can be made by two humans and their fiddles, John and Tony Kastelic of the band No Mothers holler out songs of whiskey, sagebrush, love, ‘the other side’, pirates, bicycles, and skeletons dancing in the grave.
Aided by their friendly beards and mighty violas, the two brothers meander gracefully from bellowing fury to cosmic sentimentality. Their shows are a stew of crafty original songs and fresh arrangements of old favourites.
The Kastelic brothers grew up in the town of Coalhurst in southern Alberta. They started playing violin as kids, as so many do, but they both wised up in their mid teens, each taking up the viola as their fiddle of choice. One after the other, they moved to Vancouver to engage in getting a universal education in music. After graduating, one after the other, they wised up again and got serious about taking their music to the people.
They both love their mother very much.
No Mothers plays Saturday, Sept. 3 at 7 p.m. at Tractorgrease Cafe. Tickets are $12 and available at 604-858-3814 or firstname.lastname@example.org.