The Burying Ground
"Taking vintage blues and jazz, swing, old-timey
country and folk as their templates, this super-cool
duo pens authentic sounding material that appears as
if plucked from the Alan Lomax archives, but also bears
the gritty qualities of their punk rock background.
--David Morrison of Folk Radio Uk's Top ten albums of
The Burying Ground formed in 2014 as a duo, but Woody
Forster and Devora Laye have been playing together since
2009 as members of The Dire Wolves, an acoustic blues
string band and darlings of the East Van punk scene.
They are steeped in influences from 1920's Ragtime,
Country & Western, Mississippi Blues and New Orleans
Woody's complex blues guitar and rags are punctuated
and raised high by Devora's tightly syncopated washboard,
with playful rolls and staccato jumps and stops. Their
solo and combined vocal styling is deeply resonant and
heartfelt. Devora's sound when masterfully bowing the
saw is transportive.
The Burying Ground has been charming diverse crowds,
across all ages and musical tastes, in large and small
venues throughout Western Canada and the United States
and are set to embark on a 23 date European in the spring
of 2018. They lend new life to old songs also performing
original tunes. Woody and Devora's songwriting illuminates
the human experience that reflects the modern day, touching
on mental health, the trauma of war, social justice
and good old-fashioned lost and found love. It is today's
commentary on a framework of vintage music.
Their three radio-charting albums speak for themselves,
all lively, true, meaningful and memorable from start
to finish - Big City Blues (2015); Country Blues &
Rags (2017); and The Burying Ground (2017).
At home, on the road and in the studio Devora and Woody
are accompanied by a rotating cast of masterful session
and backing musicians who include:
Joseph Lubsinky-Mast - upright bass
Bonnie Northgraves - trumpet
Josh Doherty - harmonica, backing vocals
Jack Garton - trumpet
Trent Freeman - fiddle
Clara Rose - fiddle
Marc Lindy - tuba
Wynston Minckler - upright bass
As a full band they have a lively and gritty sound with
tight harmony and a driving rhythm section reminiscent
of the music of the juke joints and jazz halls of the
1920's and '30s. The band moves effortlessly between
toe-tapping dance music, the yearning of country blues
and the embellishments and energy of ragtime and jazz.
"If you have the opportunity to see The Burying
Ground perform, do not miss their innovative musical
interpretation of blues and rags, with a modern perspective,
that few bands have mastered."
-- Greg Keffer, Fraser Valley Blues Society
"Filled with elegant musicianship, authentic themes,
heartfelt vocals...The Burying Ground deliver the goods
with heart and soul and affection. Beautifully recorded
at The China Cloud and Monarch Studios by their go-to
producer Mark Lawrence, this self titled collection
of eleven originals from The Burying Ground resonates
with emotion and gleam with authenticity. "
--Dave O Rama, BC Musician Magazine