Victoria-based indie-roots band West My Friend will perform at the Langley Farmers Market at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, July 31.
The Langley show will be followed by an 8 p.m. concert at Cafe Deux Soleils on Commercial Drive in Vancouver, as they begin to take their rootsy blend of mandolins, accordions, double basses, guitars, and four-part harmonies south for three weeks on their first U.S. tour.
The band’s strong focus on environmentalism explains the title of the tour — “The Madrona Migration” — after the arbutus or Madrona tree that is native to the west coast from British Columbia to California.
Two of the members of the band — Jeff Poynter and Alex Rempel — are Langley born-and-raised, and are now full time professional musicians in Victoria after completing music degrees at the University of Victoria.
The Madrona Migration will run as far south as Los Angeles, with the band performing 20 shows in 20 days, in both small towns and big cities. The tour will wrap up in Victoria on Aug. 18.