By My Side
Victoria’s folk-rock duo Jon and Roy made a splash with 2012 release, Let It Go, which earned the group a Western Canadian Music Award for Best Roots Group Recording. Their fifth album, By My Side, maintains that high standard. The record is a collection of seven songs, spawned from the regular jams of Roy Vizer and Jon Middleton. They have a mellow, warm and melodic sound (the title track is a fine example), with Middleton's songwriting being a little more concise this time and out. The duo are festival favourites, and upcoming ones this summer include Port Renfrew BC's Tall Tree Music Festival (June 28), Hillside in Guelph (July 25-27) and the Regina Folkfest (Aug. 8-10).