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The Unsettlers

Origin: Quebec, Canada

Genre: Folk/Country

Performing a haunting repertoire of polkas, waltzes, dirges and lullabies, The Unsettlers is an 11-piece band that includes clarinet, accordion, glockenspiel, trombone, multiple vocalists, and a contortionist known as The Creature. They favour a baroque, whiskey-soaked sound, with gritty vocals reminiscent of Leonard Cohen and Tom Waits. The band's frontman and composer, B.W. Brandes and his wife, vocalist Genevieve Schreier, moved from Vancouver to Montréal and founded the band in 2007. They've released an eponymous debut album in 2008, a live EP recorded by CBC in 2009, and a double album titled Oil and Blood in 2010, and played the Rue Morgue Festival of Fear in Toronto, Montréal's Fringe Festival, and Bromont's Carnivàle Lune Bleue, among others.

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