The Oars

The Oars

 Trail, British Columbia, CAN
BandAlternativePop

The Oars weave a tapestry that is more than the sum of it's parts and create songs that are atmospheric and rich in subtlety and texture.

Biography

The Oars formed after Ilana Cameron and Kurt Goltz toured the West Coast in 2009 with Victoria based Double Bassist Tobias Meis. They quickly realised they weren't just a couple of players backing up a singer/songwriter, they were a band making songs together. Their name comes from one of the songs they wrote that summer (The Oars). The Oars is Ilana Cameron on vocals  and Fender Rhodes Keyboard, Kurt Goltz on acoustic guitar,  and Karl Sommerfeld on Violin.

Cameron blends her jazz-trained voice with the bell-like tones of the Fender Rhodes keyboard. Goltz and Meis create an intricate accompanying landscape of fingerstyle guitar and cello-like classical bass.
Together the group weaves a tapestry that is more than the sum of it's parts and creates songs that are atmospheric and rich in subtlety and texture.

The Oars will be on tour in Columbia Basin in 2014. Stay tuned for tour dates to be announced soon.


In 2010 Ilana Cameron recently received a grant from the Columbia/Kootenay Cultural Alliance to write and record a historical song cycle based on stories from the Creston Valley area where she resides when she not on the road. They have been receiving airplay on CBC Radio One (All Points West) and were featured on a Vancouver Co-op Radio show (No Apologies Necessary) where they played songs live in studio.

Lyrics

A Blue Light

Written By: Ilana Cameron

There's a blue light to early morning,
a might have in hindsight.
If I could do it again,
I'd do it just right,
I'd do it just right.

There's a sweetness to wishing,
and a bitter in missing.
If I could go to you,
I would, I would,
I would, I would.

There's a blue light to early morning,
a might have in hindsight,
If I could go to you I would,
I would, I would, I would.

The Snow

Written By: Ilana Cameron

Swans have left the lake,
soon the snow on mountains make
that constant ache, that constant ache.

I see farmer's fields from my window,
circles of hay and squares of colour
from these troubles we could recover, we could recover.

Lakes are silver
when you swim at night.

Caterpillars and whispering leaves,
sing with the chickadees, sing with the chickadees.

Swans have left the lake,
soon the snow on mountains make,
sunsets my heart to break,
sunsets my heart to break,
my heart,
to break.

In the Winter

Written By: Ilana Cameron

The freezing has begun, outside
Let these icicles, grow
It takes more than heat to stay warm in the winter, in the winter, in the winter.

Made a cake, stayed up late
Wish I could, dance with you
It takes more than heat, to stay warm in the winter, in the winter, in the winter.

The freezing has begun, outside
Let these icicles, grow
It takes more than heat, to stay warm, in the winter, in the winter, in the winter, in the winter, in the winter.

Discography

Listen to some of the tracks from Ilana Cameron's debut EP!
A Blue Light, The Snow.
(Recently released on Dec. 11th 2009 in Creston, BC)
Or check out "Flight" and "The Oars" live off the floor recordings from practice sessions in Victoria with Tobias Meis.

Set List

30 Minute Set List Example:
Je Chanterai Pour Toi (Cover)
A Blue Light
When the Night Feels my Song (Cover)
The Oars
In the Winter
Flight
Tigers