During the summer of 2014, Calgary ’s Edworthy Park was a convenient place to jam. What banjo player Nathan H-Thompson and guitarist Ben Rogalsky didn’t expect, was for passers-by to take interest in their music and start giving them money. As the coins and album requests added up, these accidental buskers decided to take this seriously and Steel & Timber was born. Within a short time, their energetic performances earned them invitations to farmers markets, small festivals, charity events, and private functions in Calgary and the surrounding area. In March 2015, the trio released their debut EP, Home Brew, which boosted their popularity and allowed them to become regional finalists in CBC Searchlight 2015.
2016 brought continued success for Steel & Timber. They made news headlines after being selected by the City of Calgary, to perform on the C-Train to kick off Juno Week. Summer highlights included performances at the Southern Alberta Music Festival, Taste the Trucks, The Rosebud Music Festival, and the Foothills Folk Club seasonal kick off. Steel & Timber is looking forward to their first studio release Cold Night, May 20, 2017.
Steel & Timber’s sound could be classified as alternative folk and roots. Influenced by groups like the Avett Brothers, the Strumbellas, and Josh Ritter, Steel & Timber has found a sound that is exciting, accessible, and makes people dance!
"The first time I heard Steel & Timber play live was for a food bank fundraiser in June 2015. When I saw that upright bass, banjo, and guitar, I knew I was going to fall in love. And indeed I did! I couldn’t sit still for the entire set! It's impossible to listen to this band without clapping your hands, stomping your feet, and grinning. Talented musicians and just incredibly great guys. I predict big things for Steel & Timber!"
-Jenny Howe, CBC
Location: Calgary, AB