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Red Haven

Oct 22, 2019 | Funding Recipient

In Western Canadian folk festivals, weathered traditions of song-sharing and musical cross-pollination carry the ideals of folk music into the right-swiping, touch-typing, conversationally challenged future. It's there that Red Haven honed their craft. Drawing inspiration from jazz and soul but redesigning it with Indie-Pop songwriting and a heavy backbeat, Red Haven have been touring their raucous, spirited brand of folk for the past 4 years.


Featuring the work of songwriters Jen Charters, Nathan Turner, and Brendan Steele, Red Haven tells a story that is both entertaining and incisive. Each songwriter brings a unique flavour to the band: Charters, lightning-quick gypsy jazz saxophone and powerful blues vocals; Turner, uplifting songs with a country lilt from behind the upright bass; and Steele, dark and angular guitar lines to match cutting lyrics. Their creative chemistry got a injection of energy with the adoption of drummer Max Ley into the group, who brought prog-rock chops with just the right amount of swagger and swing.


They first began playing together at a shared house they nicknamed Admiral Grant. A few drinks into a Friday evening, they began jamming on ‘Festival Man’, a tune Charters had written inspired by a book of the same name by Vancouver provocateur and accordionist Geoff Berner.  The night progressed, each member brought up songs of their own and rudely injected their ideas into others. A few months later, they received funding from FACTOR for their first EP The Road Above You and left on their first tour.


Their second full-length album Funhouse Mirror, was recorded at The Armoury and Fadermaster Studios with producer Shawn Cole. It their heaviest work so far featuring bombastic drums, crunchy guitars, and choruses that earn their keep. The album will be released in May 16th, 2018.



Upcoming Shows


May 16, 2018 at the Fox Cabaret in Vancouver, BC

May 18, 2018 at the Legion in Quathiaski Cove, BC

May 20, 2018 at Bench 1775 in Penticton, BC

May 22, 2018 at the Ironwood in Calgary, AB

May 23, 2018 at Lorenzos in North Okanagan, BC

May 24, 2018 at The Cannery in Penticton, BC

May 25, 2018 at The Royal in Nelson, BC

May 26, 2018 at The Northern in Fernie, BC

May 29, 2018 at The Olive in Jasper, BC

May 31, 2018 at The Occidental in Quesnel, BC

June 1, 2018 at The Arts Centre in Williams Lake, BC

June 2, 2018 at Record City in Vernon, BC

June 3, 2018 at The Art Gallery in Mile House, BC


Creative BC is proud to support Red Haven as part of the Sound Recording Program.