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String Bridges

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"The kids at the jam: String Bridges hold their own with the big boys"

Sipping on beer and chatting about their music, String Bridges could be the youngest people at a recent Saturday afternoon jam. But for Joel Cochrane (vocals, guitar), Tom Wyman (bass, vocals), and T.J. Waltho (guitar, organ), there's no place they'd rather be.
"I try not to look down," Wyman says with a laugh, noting the grungy floor at the 17th Avenue pub before settling around a table beside the stage.
Despite their collective youth, the trio seems to be pretty relaxed. They exude confidence despite playing with musicians more then twice their age.
"Joel writes music like he's been alive for a hundred years. I'm always astounded" says Wyman. "Everytime we jam together, I can't believe how much fun it is."
Their music has been described as progressive folk. It has a light-hearted, catchy personality with strong reggae and blues influences. For Waltho, who commutes enarly 2 hours in his '94 civic nearly every weekend and some weeknights from Lethbridge where he is attending university, it's no big thing.
"We all just want to play our music. It makes sense for us" he notes.
As the main songwriter, Cochrane says he gets a charge out of parlaying his thoughts into musical form. "I love the story-telling aspect of songwriting" he says.
"We play pretty mature music" concludes Waltho. "I think it surprises people coming from us."

- Roberta McDonald - FFWD Calgary

"Calgary: under the microscope"

String Bridges presents good energetic folk music guaranteed not to offend on this self-titled album. Lyrically, it's happy and bouncy and will have you thinking, "these are the best buskers I've ever heard." And then you realize the songs are coming out of your stereo and there isn't an open guitar case in front of your speakers.

-CS - Beatroute Calgary


2004's Self titled "String Bridges" includes the singles "White Lines" and "Hammock Hunger" - both received airplay in Calgary (CJSW & CKUA)
and in Lethbridge (CKXU)

2006 "Porno Stash" single & EP - received airplay on CJAY 92 in Calgary AB



One dark and stormy night, in a haunted lab. There there lived a mad scientist, who kept all his fingernails, hairclippings, feces and skin flakes in a jar. That night, lightning struck the lab, and transformed the hairy-poo-skin into a socially inept creature only to be known as String Bridges.

String Bridges - Long time friends, and fellow jammers who have been playing together for a long time. We have been influenced by a broad scope of music over the years, hitting classics like the Wailers, the Beatles, from Jazz to punk, country to rock. Lots of world music from places like Africa, South America and the Middle East.

Peter Tosh, Cat Stevens, Johnny Cash, and Iron & Wine all in a blender with a dash of Neil Young. (violent screaming), String bridges don't just share the same music tastes. They eat the same music tastes.