Rube & Rake

St. John’s, NL
Genre: Folk
To call Canada your home can be a very vague statement. From the Rockies, all the way to the eastern shores of the Atlantic, there are many places one can lay their head. It’s not only the sheer distance between the two coasts, it’s the cultural differences that exist within them. Rube & Rake’s debut album, Back and Forth, explores this theme with a subtle grace, giving space in their arrangements to explore the issues they sing about. By performing as a two-piece, they’ve found a way to put an emphasis on their lyrical delivery. Whether a song is performed with a four-piece string band, or just a banjo and a guitar, the duo has stories to tell.

Every song has a story behind it. Whether it’s the acceptance that there are loved ones you will never see again, the memories you make having to hitchhike on highways with no town in sight, or a series of natural disasters, there is a definite stamp of “Canadiana” on this album. Using these subjects as muses have helped set a tone to their live show. Often described as a darker Simon and Garfunkel, Rube & Rake’s performances engage audiences with a mixture of stories, intricate guitar work, and rich vocal harmonies. After working together for the past 5 years out of St. John’s, Newfoundland, Josh Sandu and Andrew Laite have fused an intimate musical cohesion that is only achieved through getting to know each other’s tendencies. Their music is an exercise in creating something beyond the sum of their parts.

Performances
Date Show
February 26, 2020 Clarenville
February 27, 2020 Citadel House in Lewisporte
February 29, 2020 Burgeo
March 1, 2020 Bert Bark Inn at St. Andrews
March 3, 2020 Bonne Bay
March 4, 2020 Botwood
March 5, 2020 Twilingate
March 6, 2020 Gander
March 8, 2020 Freshwater Community Centre
March 10, 2020 The Black Sheep in St. Johns