Fluffy Little Cowboys
Fluffy Little Cowboys are preparing to release their re-mixed single, Dance With My Skeletons and are hitting the road in June for their spring Girl Power Tour starting with a triple CD release matinee show at the Trailside Café and Inn in Mount Stewart on May 20.
“The name Fluffy Little Cowboys is more than a little tongue in cheek for this alt-Americana female trio from PEI. They aren’t fluffy, they aren’t cowboys and their sound isn’t little. Think country, roots, folk and blues with spoken word and punk rock mixed in”—Jordan Whitehouse, VisitKingston.ca
The PEI-based band comprised of Shelley Montreuil (vocals, guitar, banjo, sax), Maureen Adams (bass, harmonies, percussion), and Keelin Wedge (fiddle, bass, guitar, harmonies), came together in 2016 and have been exploring their particular sonic soundscape ever since.
With Montreuil as the group’s main songwriter, having a strong blues-jazz influence from her years as a sax player, and Wedge’s well-oiled traditional chops paired with Adams’ djembe-inspired sensibilities (Maureen is the former djembe player for the indie Ottawa band The Lighthousekeepers), the trio is building their brand behind an uncompromising, take-no-prisoners approach to music, live performance, and lyrics.
While it wasn’t their conscious intention to form a girl-group, the potential for positive role modeling is not lost on the Fluffy Cowboys. With Montreuil’s history as a social worker, community developer and advocate, it is no surprise that the Fluffy’s lyrical path takes a somewhat political bent. And with her current foray into the world of co-writing and production, Montreuil has developed strong working relationships with women and gender non-binary performers/songwriters across the globe.
The Fluffy Little Cowboys are taking this girl-power attitude with them on tour in June where they will be combining a rigorous performance schedule with pre-arranged co-writing sessions with songwriters of the female and gender non-binary variety.
Trailside’s CD release show will present the Fluffy Little Cowboys’ No Angel which was produced by PEI wunderkind Nathan Wiley and features Doobie Brothers drummer Ed Toth. The show will also present Keelin Wedge’s newest album, The Traditional Files and Ontario’s Ali McCormick’s soon-to-be released album.