They’ve been described as “that band from Almost Famous” and referred to as “the denim disasters”. Their harmonies will draw you in and their hilarious road stories will keep you wanting more. Whether they’re packing the dance floor with their band or performing an intimate duo concert, Thunder Bay folk-rockers Greenbank are always a wild ride!
With their rag-tag band in tow, songwriters Jimmy Breslin and Craig Smyth have been winning over audiences across the country with their unique brand of down-home, harmony infused, old school folk-rock since their start in 2012…
Their first EP “Greenbank Trio” (2012), “a feel-good folk-rock romp” (NewCanadianMusic.ca), landed the band club and festival dates across Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick. A brief stint backing award winning country singer Scott Kyle King had them opening for the likes of Chicago, Liann Rimes, REO Speedwagon and Ronnie Dunn.
In 2014, a lineup shift and a few more tours led the boys back into the studio recording a new collection of material leading to their second EP: “Into the Wind”. This second effort brought the groups first national tours and a new understanding of being “on the road”. Their newfound grit and adventurous musically found an audience in the Canadian east coast and landed returning festival spots at Feels Good Folly Fest, the Saint John Boardwalk and Collaborate and Listen. In October 2014 Greenbank were invited to be featured performers on David Suzuki’s Blue Dot Tour. Although Into the Wind was relatively unacknowledged in the media, songs ‘The Captain’, ‘Homegrown’ and ‘I Feel Alright’ still remain fan favourites.
The band’s first album Money Machine (2015), a sarcastic observation of societies destructive obsession with profits hit the number one spot on CILU 102.7’s top 20 list and stayed there for five weeks following its release. The co-headlined Money Machine release tour with Nick Sherman included over 35 performances across Canada with notable stops at the Pan Am Games, Ottawa Blues Festival, Live From the Rock Folk Festival and the Harmony of Nations Festival. The first single ‘Live Off The Land’ has been played nationally on CBC Radio 1. In March 2015 Greenbank were invited to perform music from Money Machine with the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra.
Greenbank’s second album “Glory Days” is slated for release in January 2018.