First trip to Europe for Canadian duo includes a Rothbury gig

Pharis and Jason Romero
Pharis and Jason Romero

Pharis and Jason Romero, a talented musical duo from British Columbia in Western Canada, played to a capacity crowd of Rothbury residents at The Studio last Tuesday.

Currently on tour for the first time in the UK, their Rothbury concert followed appearances at the internationally famous Celtic Connections festival in Glasgow, which also included session work for the BBC.

The duo stayed in Rothbury for several days accompanied by their 15-month-old daughter Indi, and Pharis’ sister Marin, as guests of Tony and Judy Kell, before embarking on the rest of their UK tour – part of their first trip to Europe.

Tony said: “Judy and I have a keen interest in various musical styles.

“We had hoped to bring Pharis and Jason to Rothbury in 2014, which didn’t happen due to the birth of their daughter.

“We regarded it as a real privilege to help bring their music from 9,000 miles away in Canada to our friends and neighbours in Rothbury.

“Pharis and Jason describe their own musical style as ‘old-time music’.

“They both sing and accompany themselves on banjo and vintage guitars.

“Some self-penned songs, some traditional, with great harmonies. Of particular note were their renditions of Wild Bill Jones, Lay Down in Sorrow and a special slowed-down version of the old classic, It’s a Sin to tell a Lie.”