Motes & Oats has been performing throughout western Canada and Ontario, with their soul-lifting harmonies, and thought-provoking lyrics for the last three years. When Melissa’s experience in the music industry, met Shannon’s classical musical training, the seed that eventually grew into award winning folk duo Motes and Oats was sewn. Within a year of musical exploration “Days like These” was born. This was shortly followed by “Fairy Tale Girl” and six more songs that formed their debut album Simple Things, released in the summer of 2012 with the help of Columbia Basin Trust.

The following year Simple Things was picked up by CBC Radio and various community coop stations around Western Canada, and the duo toured around BC, Alberta, and Saskatchewan, as well as a showcase in Ontario. Fans were really beginning to get behind the duo, and they were honoured with a Kootenay Music Award for their song “Saskatchewan”, which depicts Shannon’s time as a young child with her grandfather on the family farm - a classic Canadian story that many listeners can relate to.

By the time the summer of 2013 rolled around they landed their first festival headline spots at Hill’s Garlic Fest and Castlegar’s Kootenay Fest. It was during this period that Poet, and Selkirk College creative writing teacher Almeda Glen Miller, saw Motes and Oats perform and proposed a collaboration. That fall and winter was spent composing music and coproducing a five song MP3 insert for Miller’s poetry book Begin with the Corners, which was supported by live performances in Rossland, Nelson and Castlegar.

Aside from love taking center stage in the summer of 2014, when Motes married Oats, the past year has been spent composing and planning their next EP, Five.

 

 

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Our latest collaboration with poet Almeda Glenn Miller is Available on iTunes