From one of the most beautiful spots on earth grows a band that like the flower that bears their name, Dandelions, moves with a free will. Unencumbered by sonic rules, this husband and wife duo from Invermere has a sound that floats wherever it wants and plants its creative seed wherever it lands. For over a decade Shilo and Ben Cameron causally played music together, but their undeniable musical chemistry grew alongside their relationship until finally Dandelions emerged.
The duo is multi-instrumentalist, posing as a 6-piece band with guitars, pianos, violins, accordions, and percussion. Layer on Ben’s gift for song-writing and razor-sharp lyrics to this musical backdrop and suddenly is no surprise then that out of 3000 song entries, a Dandelions song made it to the top 230 and regional top 10 during the CBC Searchlight Challenge.
Beyond their music, Shilo and Ben are local business owners. Shilo, is a Chinese Medicine Practitioner and runs Balanced Health Acupuncture and Wellness Clinic while Ben owns and operates Wood Shop Productions, a unique music production and recording facility, that is, as the name suggests, built inside a wood shop. Countless local musicians have passed through Ben’s studio as he recorded and produced albums for Windermere Valley Musicians Who Care and is currently in studio working with Bruce Childs.
In spite of their busy lives, their solid dedication, late-night recording sessions, and bewildering chemistry led to the creation of their first Debut EP ‘Free Yourself’. This powerful and inspiring 12 track album disregards any imposed rules and was produced with a ‘no sound is off limits’ mantra in mind. The outcome is an album that is rich in sound; with grinding synths, heavenly guitar, electronic beats and Grandma’s old accordion acting as the canvas behind layers of rich storytelling and intimate truths.
Come soak in this bands remarkably unique sound while witnessing Ben and Shilo’s incredible chemistry as they perform Free Yourself during their CD release party. This celebration will be taking place on October 1st from 7pm-11pm at the CPR Lodge. Come show your support! Entrance is free of charge, there will be a cash bar, BBQ and local Arrowhead brew will be served at this release party!
About Columbia Valley Arts:
CV Arts is the regional arts and cultural society that promotes and encourages all forms of art and music in the Columbia Valley.