What do you get when you combine a tender-hearted singer songwriter from Newfoundland, a larger than life Albertan drummer raised in Saudi Arabia, an internationally renowned fiddling BC beauty, and an effortlessly cool Japanese Canadian bass player? None other than Cod Gone Wild.
Based out of BC’s Okanagan Valley since 2009, this Celtic inspired band is focused on giving traditional music a modern edge. Blending the varied talents of four musicians whose classical, folk and rock backgrounds fuse together to create a dynamic and unique sound that instantly connects and resonates with audiences. Through their uplifting energy and remarkable stage presence, they weave together a tapestry of tales that evoke a nostalgic experience of days gone by. Booking everything from weddings to festivals, house concerts to sports tournaments, their music and performance is diverse and adaptable to any size venue or demographic.
Having independently recorded and produced three albums to date that primarily feature traditional tunes (Cod Gone Wild, The Traveler and Battered and Fried), they have an increasing amount of original material that has come with their maturity as musicians, songwriters and performers that we can expect to hear on future albums.
Extensive touring has taken them from San Francisco to Newfoundland, playing an average of 100 shows a year with that number steadily on the rise. Known for their charismatic energy and superior lights and sound production, the band delivers an entertaining show that keeps people coming back for more.
Cod Gone Wild’s success is undoubtedly due to their ability to harness their individual talents into a collaborative vision resulting in unparalleled chemistry both on and off the stage, a formula that has earned them flawless reviews and a mounting fan base.
To paint a quick picture, leading the charge are lead vocalists Andrew Mercer on guitar and Anjuli Otter on fiddle and mandolin. What a pair. With these two front and center, you are either left in awe of their musicality, or hunched over in stitches from their hilarious exchanges. Their banter between songs (or even in the middle of some) is a throwback to watching Lucy and Ricky on an episode of “I Love Lucy,” except they aren’t married and Andrew isn’t Cuban, he’s a Newfoundlander, which for Canadians is even funnier. Add in the perfectly timed and delivered one liners from Chad “Rhino” Carter on drums, which are strengthened by the forever grinning (and toasting) Roy Kawano on bass, and you have a group of true performers who leave a lasting impression.