“You guys were AMAZING! Fun, and so much talent. Really a great balance between all of you. Great songs, great variety; loved Mark’s and James’ solos 'n leads and the way Susan and Robert carry their songs, harmonies and stories. A really rich and feel-good night. Thank you!” Joy Kruger. Victoria Folk Music Society, March 2023.
Back in the spring of 2020, James Anstey (banjo) and Mark Johnson (bass) started jamming on their Vic West boulevard; they drew a crowd of neighbours, including Susan Ellenton (vocals & accordion) and Robert Anderson (vocals, guitar and bouzouki), long-time Victoria songwriters who, it turns out, lived just over the fence. Blair Mitchell (hand percussion) brings a fresh kick to Backyard Boulevard, whose members have headlined Calgary Folk Festival, performed with Grammy winners Joan Baez, Oscar Lopez and Alberto San-Martin, written Victoria's official song, cracked the top ten on Folk Alliance International charts, and toured festivals from Alaska to Newfoundland. Book us for your next event!