The Unfaithful Servants have quickly gained a reputation on Vancouver Island as a must-see act. With an exciting approach to traditional Americana, folk, bluegrass and country music, the group serves up explosive instrumentals and compelling story-telling, and draw their audience into an entertaining and memorable musical experience.
Formed in the fall of 2016, the band released their debut album “Dylan Stone and The Unfaithful Servants” soon after, and in turn garnered the attention of local music lovers and music industry. 2017 performances included an opening slot for Canadian folkie and Juno winner Lisa Leblanc, last year’s Sooke River Bluegrass Festival and the Canada 150 celebrations in downtown Victoria. With each performance, their reputation as a band to watch for grows.
The credits and resume of The Servants members are impressive, but it is the chemistry of the group and the skill of their individual musicianship that propels their live performance. Sharing vocal harmonies around a single microphone is an integral part of their blend. Their original writing, from electrifying mandolin and fiddle instrumentals to heartfelt songs, combines well with deftly arranged covers from folk, rock and traditional repertoire.
American-born mandolinist Jesse Cobb could be described as a virtuoso on his instrument. He is a founding member of the critically acclaimed bluegrass group The Infamous String Dusters, and with that group he received a Grammy nomination for one of his original compositions. Jesse has recorded and performed with the likes of Bela Fleck, Lee Anne Womack, Dirks Bentley, and Jim Lauderdale among others. He’s performed many times on the historic stage of The Grand Old Opry and has toured the world. His exceptional talent is widely recognized in the bluegrass world, and he is an innovator of the instrument.
Shortly after Jesse’s move to Vancouver Island singer/songwriter Dylan Stone identified Jesse’s depth as a musician and began a collaboration. Stone is a restless songwriter who is constantly pursuing new sounds and collaborations. An interesting and storied career has led him to share the stage with Alejandro Escovedo, open for Keith Urban at BC’s largest country music festival, play onstage with Robert Randolf & The Family Band, and perform his songs for Lou Reed in Nashville, Tennessee. A modern-day troubadour , Dylan has lived and toured across Canada and toured the West Coast extensively.
Jesse and Dylan’s collaboration grew to include Miriam Sonstenes on fiddle. Miriam is a founder of beloved Canadian roots trio The Sweet Lowdown, who have won or been nominated for various awards at the Canadian Folk Music Awards, Western Canadian Music Awards, and Vancouver Island Music Awards. She has studied under bluegrass fiddle legend Bobby Hicksand is a tireless student to her muse. Jesse’s mandolin and Miriam’s fiddle grace The Unfaithful Servants with sounds both sweet and hard driving.
Alex Remple on stand-up bass solidifies the group with groove and versatility. Alex also performs and tours Canada and Europe with Canadian group West My Friend .
The Servants are pushing forward the limits of traditional music, and have a strong foundation of experience and talent to boast. Yet it’s the effort they put in together as a group that moves audiences and attracts their fans. The depth and talent of this group are undeniable and the road they travel will be an exciting journey to watch.