The Gertrudes are a unique and experimental music collective from Kingston, Ontario’s Skeleton Park neighbourhood. They sound like an ol’ time saloon party in deep space. Passengers travelling with this down-home “folkestra” lay down experimental beds and frolic through a veritable orchestra of instruments.
The Gertrudes have included a versatile collective of musicians to produce five full-length albums, two EPS, participate in numerous Canadian festivals (notably the Vancouver Folk Fest, Pop Montreal, Wolfe Island Music Fest, Halifax Pop Explosion) and share the stage with artists such Sarah Harmer, Calexico, and Ricky Skaggs.
"Thoughtful, breezy and with the wonder of Cockburn, the Kingston folkestra sings gently about the remedies that get you through the night." – Brad Wheeler, The Globe & Mail
"The Gertrudes are a meticulously crafted spectrum of modern folk sounds" - Exclaim! Magazine
"My favourite folkestra” - Charles Spearin (Broken Social Scene)