It’s been over a decade, but The Silver Hearts have a new album out and now they are rolling back into Niagara. Golden Favourites was recorded by James McKenty (who engineered and mixed Blue Rodeo’s 2013 album, In Our Nature) and features 11 tracks and includes songs spanning the band’s back catalogue.
The band, which can range up to 15 members, will be performing as a 7-piece at the In the Soil Arts Festival in April. It will be something of a homecoming for drummer and St. Catharines resident, Jay Peters.
The band was formed in Peterborough, Ontario, by Peters’ cousin, Trevor “Tiny” Davis, and Charles Glasspool who were hosting an open mic night at a bar in Peterborough. The open mic turned into “a big jam,” as Peters recalled, “where a lot of people came with their instruments – almost a small orchestra – which became The Silver Hearts.”
At the outset, The Silver Hearts didn’t have a drummer, but Peters was playing with Davis in another trio called the Sharbot Brothers. “So one weekend the Sharbot’s were playing and I showed up a day early and The Silver Hearts were playing,” explained Peters, “and [Davis] said ‘if you sit in with us, you get free beer.’”
The Silver Hearts were initially wary of drums being too loud for the band, but Peters brought a quieter jazz-brush approach that fit in with all the other instruments. “Next thing you know,” said Peters, “[the band] said ‘we have a show coming up we’re going to record it, can you be there?’”
This year’s In the Soil Arts Festival will feature The Silver Hearts on the Festival Hub Stage at 6PM on Saturday, April 28. There may even be some ballroom dancers.