Do any of you recall the first summertime experience you had with The Bills, or The Bill Hilly Band for that matter?
Jasper Folk Fest, 2001? Pagliacci’s 1998? The Charles Bridge, Prague, 1997? Mariposa Folk Fest, 2007? Perhaps the Tonder Folk Fest in Denmark, 2004, or Cambridge Festival, UK, 2005? Vancouver in 2003, 2004 or 2016?
So many great memories, and just more to be made. We hope we’ll see some of you out there between now and September 22nd, at the official tail end of summer, when we’ll be playing a very special show that we’ll be announcing soon through various social media channels. Until then, we’re at the fabled Islands Folk Fest for their 33rd offering, and way up at the Bear Creek Festival in Grande Prairie, a fairly new event that’s just picking up wonderful summer steam. Then look out September, when we really get rocking.
Come join us for the celebrations, folks. We’re launching our third decade and celebrating the first two in full force!
Hey friends and fans,
We’re gearing up for some great Spring and early Summer shows on our year-long 20th anniversary escapade! See you soon on wee Piers Island, in Bragg Creek, AB, and then down in rocking California, from Santa Cruz to Ojai, and even a dip into Nevada, to have some fun with the fine folks at the Carson Valley Arts Council!
Lots more to come this year, as we roll out the hits, new and old. Watch for more special announcements of extraordinary shows – we feel the building buzz of our folkharmonic 20 years, launching us into the next two decades! Hope to see you at the shows!
Happy New Year, from The Bills!
Yep, you got it folks – 2017 marks 20 years since The Bills became a touring act. Hard to believe that in 1997 the band struck out across Europe for 9 weeks of formative, high-energy performing, creating the foundation of our unique approach to seeking folk/roots magic in everything we do.
We start the year’s celebrations with our friends to the south in January, hitting Washington, Oregon and Wyoming (yes, Wyoming in January!), then zooming a wee bit north and east to Prince George for the Coldsnap festival and to Alberta to get reacquainted with some of the towns that have been so good to us since the start: Canmore, Calgary and Edmonton (St Albert). Lots more to come as this year of celebration rolls on. Check out the “Shows” page and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to keep up with all the gigs and shenanigans. Hope to see you out there!
Good times, the Canadian way! So great to roll through Ontario, hit Montreal, then bop around Southern BC for a handful of delightful shows with friends and fans in our home province. Thanks to everyone for coming out and celebrating music, life and the West Coast autumnal climate!
Now to hunker down, maybe write some tunes, and get ready for a massive 2017, during which we’ll be officially celebrating our 20th year as a touring band. We’ll be zooming around North America and maybe beyond. Watch for all kinds of special events and perhaps some recorded musical treats.
And why not find your way to our last 2016 show, on cozy Denman Island, BC, December 11th. You may hear some seasonal favourites (or not!).
Thank you Vancouver and Hornby Festivals! Look out Butchart Gardens, Alaska and Ontario/Quebec. We’re having a great time seeing you all and laying down all the new tunes and past hits.
In other happy news, Trail of Tales has been hovering in the top ten of the Roots Music Report for the past few weeks, and the album is also now being released in the UK (August 29 is the official release date!) with the help of Borealis Records and fabulous UK publicist Pat Tynan.
Check out the “Shows” page over the coming weeks as the Fall, Winter and Spring seasons get filled in with North American dates. Then we’ll hope to swing over to the UK and Europe a little later in 2017. Stay tuned!
Look out, Cali! Four main dates and a couple of secret shows coming right up. Hope to see some of you out there. And listen in for radio appearances and support from the likes of KHUM, KSCO, KPIG and others.
Check out the “Shows” page for info on the dates, June 28 – July 3, with a special Canada Day rocker (July 1) in Santa Cruz and a triumphant return to the fabled Castoro Cellars the following day (photo below from last year’s Beaverstock show). And of course, don’t forget the Freight and Salvage in Berkeley and a swing all the way to our funky brothers and sisters in Humboldt County – Arcata, baby!
The wait is almost over, Bills fans. The title and 2016 release date of our new CD are coming your way shortly. It’ll be a great way for us to start the new year.
Can’t wait to bring you the new music! Until then, enjoy the first days of the year!
Good times were had by all in Boise, Idaho this week.
We met a ton of great artists, played a pretty decent showcase, hung out along the river and at Boise State University in the welcome warmth of the October sun (highs of 25 C). And we hope to work with some of the fine arts presenters we met to arrange tours throughout the gorgeous US Northwest (including the wayyy up Northwest – we made some great new friends in Alaska!).
See you all out there soon. Looking forward to touring on the new album in 2016!
We’ve landed in Boise at the fabled Arts Northwest Booking Conference. This is a fabulous industry event that brings together an incredibly diverse collection of artists who blast out 12-minute showcase performances for arts presenters from across the western US. It’s been around a decade since The Bills were here, and we’re looking forward to meeting friends old and new, artists and presenters, and setting up some excellent tours through some beautiful parts of this country.
Presenters from the conference, please visit our Presenters & Media Page
The new album is coming along swimmingly. And while it won’t be out on the proverbial record store shelves for at least a couple of months, we’ll have some great chances to showcase some new material and classic hits over the next two months.
Two rare local shows in August – Butchart Gardens in Victoria and the Filberg Summer Concert Series in Comox, August 12 and 13.
Then watch for a blazing version of the Bills in the US in September.
See you out there in the sun!