|Member since||September 07, 2011|
|Members||Reika Hunt (guitar, vocal), Sara Kohno (mandolin), Kanako Keyaki (fiddle), Kazuhiko Iwaki (dobro), Takashi Yoshioka (drums), Jun Taniguchi (bass)|
|Influences||Levon Helm, Nora Jones, Be Good Tanyas|
|A ROOTS MUSIC LOVING BAND, HOPELESSLY STUCK SOMEWHERE BETWEEN AMERICAN AND JAPANESE|
Pirates Canoe is a sometimes 6-piece, sometimes trio band who began performing together in the summer of 2009 in the Kansai area of Japan. Although the members come from all sorts of genres (bluegrass, folk, Irish, jam, soul, rock, etc.), the band focuses on Americana and roots-based music.
But they aren't afraid to have fun with different sounds!
All songs are original, yet sound like they could have been around for a while, managing to create a traditional but fresh sound.
They currently tour across Japan and are planning to take on the international market some time soon.
Apart from the many performances they are invited to, Pirates Canoe hosts a monthly shows in Coffee House Jittoku, Japan's oldest and most respected live house. This monthly show, coined "Pirates Canoe's Hyokkori Party," features the full band sound, but the three girls also play as a trio at other events and venues for a more acoustic and intimate sound.
Within Japan they have opened for acts such as David Bromberg, Tim Easton, and "Last Show," a legendary folk/bluegrass band in Japan.
2012 saw them featured in Shiseido Hanatsubaki's smartphone app as well as the national NHK radio show "Lovely Music of the World," hosted by the Japanese world music guitar duo, "Gontiti."
In December 2012 the band started their own record label, "On the Corner Records," and now look forward to carrying out the many fun ideas they have.