“In With the Old” have evolved their music over the years, and are looking forward to showing a new audience what they can do, when they perform at the Communithon Concert Jam in the Cugnet Centre on Saturday, October 21.
Young and dedicated, “In With the Old” takes an extremely unique approach to memorable old-tyme music through gifted harmonies and infectious songwriting with the songs and stories being told through a small town perspective. “We started out with the goal of being a straight-up bluegrass band, but we quickly evolved into some sort of fusion of all our influences. We play acoustic roots music that draws influence from bluegrass, country, jazz, and 60’s folk and psychedelia,” said Jaxon Lalonde. During their performances, Kasia Leigh plays mandolin, guitar and double bass, Jaxon Lalonde plays banjo and bass and Dylan Cooper plays guitar.
“In With the Old” is really inspired by other Canadian folk music. “We gain a lot of our inspiration by travelling and getting to see, know, and jam with lots of amazing musicians from across the country. Some of our biggest Canadian influences are the Slocan Ramblers from Toronto and Micah Erenberg from Winnipeg,” said Lalonde.
During their performances, “In With The Old” showcases a sound, which features fiery-hot banjo, guitar, and mandolin licks with heavenly three-part harmonies and meaningful songwriting. “The best part about live performances is when the audience ‘gets it’. It is when the crowd understands and appreciates a song you’ve worked hard to perfect,” said Lalonde. “Playing music wouldn’t really mean anything without people to play for, so when the crowd enjoys you, it means a lot.”
“Playing music in other communities is great for a bunch of reasons. People want to listen to you because you’re from out of town, you get to know a lot of cool people, you get to see a bunch of new things you’ve never seen before, and you get to see new bands you’ve never heard before,” said Lalonde.
Each of the band members have their own eclectic preference of music too. “Kasia is really into the Mamas and the Papas, classic country and swing jazz, Dylan loves Neil Young, all kinds of rock, and fingerstyle guitar players, and I listen to lots of Ramones, rap, and bluegrass. But we can all agree that we love us some good old music,” said Lalonde.
One of the band’s many goals is to help restore meaning and authenticity to modern folk music. They are excited to come to Weyburn to feature their music, share their dry sense of humour, and unique fashion sense. The 36th annual Communithon will be held at the Cugnet Centre on Friday, October 20 and Saturday, October 21. The Friday portion of Communithon will feature local talent and will be televised live on Access 7. The Saturday portion will feature seven different Canadian bands and the cost to attend is $50.. There will be food and liquor offered during the Communithon Concert Jam. Tickets are sold online at www.weyburnunitedway.com, and in person at the Weyburn Police Station, Prairie Sky Co-op Food Store and the Weyburn Review/Weyburn This Week office.