The Unfaithful Servants have quickly gained a reputation on Vancouver Island as a must-see act. They are a band that leaves an impression on their audience and that always earn their encore. In their brief existence as a group, they have garnered the attention of the local music industry and were invited to perform at the Canada 150 celebrations in downtown Victoria. They were then hired as a headlining act at the Sooke River Bluegrass Festival. With each performance, their fan base and reputation grows larger. They are a band that stands out on The Island because simply, there are no other acts doing what they do. And they do it well.
The credits and resume of The Servants are staggering and impressive, yet it is the chemistry of the whole that creates something special. New Grass or Prog-Folk are labels that could be attached to their sound. Sharing vocal harmonies around a single microphone is integral to their blend as a group, combined with explosive instrumentals and compelling story-telling, they draw their audience into an entertaining and memorable experience. The Unfaithful Servants are helping to push forward the limits of traditional bluegrass, folk, Americana and country music.
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 The 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 i 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 troubadour in the truest sense, Dylan has lived and toured across Canada and toured the West Coast extensively. Jesse and Dylan’s collaboration grew to include Miriam Sontenes on Fiddle. Miriam is a founder of beloved Canadian roots trio The Sweet Lowdown, who have won and 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 Hicks and is a restless student to her muse. Jesse’s mandolin and Miriam’s fiddle grace The Unfaithful Servants with two of Canada’s finest acoustic instrumentalists. Dennis Siemens on stand-up bass solidifies the group. Dennis is the youngest member yet possibly the most road-worn. He has toured up and down North America with Canadian favorite Carolyn Mark and has collaborated with other various Canadian folk and country acts.
The Servants have a solid 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. They have yet to record an album and have just begun to scratch the surface of their potential. The depth and talent of this group are undeniable and the road they travel will be an exciting journey to watch unfold.