Motes & Oats Got Married!


Thank you to all of our family, friends and fans who have supported us over the years.  We're looking forward to writing you songs to give you glmpses into our new married life. :-)



Fairytale Girl Enters CBC's Searchlight

Voting has begun for CBC's Searchlight comptetion and you can help us with your vote each day.  Just go to our home page and click on the Searchlight banner to get directly to our artist page to vote for us. You can vote for up to 10 bands per day, so be sure to check out the other great indie music of our great nation while you're at it!

Yesterday CBC sent us an email asking us what inspired the song we entered and here was our answer...


"Oats wrote the lyrics for Fairy Tale Girl in the ski lodge at Red Mountain in Rossland, BC.   The poem came out as a stream of consciousness, illustrating the struggle she faced with the realization that she was falling in love with a woman after a lifetime of exclusively dating men. Although Oats presented these lyrics to Motes believing that they were not about their ensuing relationship, but about someone struggling with their uncharacteristic attraction and changing identity, Motes could see that this was an unconscious confessional.

Many fans find comfort in the honesty of this song.  It confronts the discord between fairy tales that often shape a girl’s relationship expectations and an inevitable reality that doesn’t include prince charming.  It also illustrates the fears involved when one takes a giant step away from mainstream culture.

This coming of age story speaks to people who are struggling with a new identity that creates conflict within their public and self-concept. The line “My proud sense of reality was never meant to be” echoes in the minds of those rising out of cognitive dissonance and living their lives beyond the measures of societies’ norms." 




I see your smile it's so vivacious

My thoughts are wild it seems outrageous

I know they never would suspect

The normalcy I would reject


Future holds a great climax

Anxieties can relax

All this chaos in my head

Brings all impending sense of dread


Outside this I'm a fairy tale girl

Deep inside I find twirls to unwhirl

My thirst grows stronger by the day

I never thought I'd be this way


Perceptions fighting for the chorus

Your touch falls deep in me, I'm porous

You offer me space to relax

I'll never find my own way back


My secret's hiding in the closet

It's getting harder to ignore it

Feelings flying out the window

It's beautiful,  but it's not a peepshow


Outside this I'm a fairy tale girl

Deep inside I find twirls to unwhirl

My thirst grows stronger by the day

I never thought I'd be this way


You and me could never be

I'm fighting so hard to be free

My proud sense of reality was never meant to be

Was never meant to be

We'll see, we'll see

Come and find me

Come and find me


Begin With The Corners

Motes & Oats have collaborated with Rossland poet Almeda Glen Miller and bassist Shelly Ackerman to form Motes & Oats And LIttle Lambs Eat Ivy.  Together we have created music to accompany Almeda's poetry readings, which will be included with her book as an MP3 download card.  On March 13th and April 4th the group will be taking the show on the road to Rossland and Nelson to perform this work live and celebrate the opening of Big Bad Wolf Publishing House with it's first publication 'Begin With The Corners'.


Visit iTunes here to purchase the tracks!


Collaborating with Poet Almeda Glenn Miller

We are proud to announce that Motes & Oats has been collaborating with Rossland poet, Almeda Glenn Miller to celebrate her upcoming book of poetry after her year sabbaticle from Selkirk College teaching English. 

Watch for more info as things develop. :-)

Best Folk/Country 2013

We had a fantastic night last night!  Thank you Nelson Brewing Company and Black Press for supporting local music and giving us such an inspirational night.  The Second Annual Kootenay Music Awards was held in the Spiritbar at the historic Hume Hotel. Live music by Melody Diachun, Shyness Amoung Strangers, Adham Shaikh and Shred Kelly made it a night to remember.  The Kootenays has so much musical diversity and talent and it was great to hear a whole bunch of local bands and sound clips of the nominees in one place.  

We felt very humbled by the company we shared in the Best Folk/Country category: James Lamb, Shred Kelly, Rhoniel and Laela Heidt.  To say the least we were surprised when our name was called. 

We dedicated the award to Shannon's grandfather, the inspiration for the song.  Sam Mackinnon, Siegfried Meier and Carly Thomas also deserve a big thank you for their contribution.  

But the biggest thanks goes out to all of you that voted for us.   We felt your love and support and feel inspired to keep writing you music.  After all, that's what it's all about.  


Nominated for Best Folk/Country in the Kootenay Music Awards!

We are very pleased to announce that our song 'Saskatchewan' been nominated for a Kootenay Music Award under the category Best Folk/Country.  This song was written in memory of Shannon's grandfather Blake Cecil Amy.  The lyrics describe her relationship with her grandfather as a young child when she would spend summers on family farm in Grenfell, Saskatchewan, learning the ways of the prairie farmer.  Melissa's smooth voice accompanied by the soothing strum of the ukulele paint a reflective scene, building to layers of drums (Sam Mackinnon), flute and vocal harmonies (Shannon).

You can vote for 'Saskatchewan' every day of April 2013.  Just click on the link below, register and find the Best Folk/Country Category.

Thank you for all your support.  :-)

Kootenay Music Awards

Introducing Stand Up Bassist Rob Fahie

Rob played with us at Drift in February and will be playing with us again at the Dam Inn and Silver City Days.  He really adds a new dimension to our music and we are so glad that he moved to the Kootenays. Check out the bio the Ellison's Market Acoustic Session folks published on Rob.

"Rob Fahie hails from the suburbs of Ottawa where, during his formative years, he picked up the electric and acoustic bass. He studied at both McGill University and the University of Colorado playing in groups ranging from electric jazz quintets to symphony orchestras.

After touring with Toronto jazz singer Sophie Milman, he spent six years as bassist and musical director for Nikki Yanofsky. With Nikki, he toured extensively throughout the world, playing at many international jazz festivals and in some of the world’s premiere concert venues, including Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, the Kennedy Center, and the Olympia in Paris.

Equally at home playing and singing folk and bluegrass, he recently performed on The Bravest Birds, the latest album from Montreal singer-songwriter Rob Lutes. He has also shared the stage with PEI’s Rose Cousins and Winnipeg’s Juno-Award-winning trio, the Wailin’ Jennys.

Rob recently moved to Nelson and has already become a familiar sight on stages throughout the Kootenays with Clint Swanson, Paul Landsberg, Von Butcher, Motes & Oats and many others. ☼♫"

First Gig of 2013 - Ellison's Market, Nelson BC

Ellison's Acoustic Sessions were the very first place Motes & Oats ever played only one year ago.  This time we have a CD and a few new songs ready to share with you.  We're also excited to see ChizelSpanK and Pickled Thistle play before us.  The acoustic nature, yummy treats and beautiful surroundings of this event is always warming to the heart and soul.  The event begins at 1 pm at Ellison's Market in Nelson, BC and we play at 2.  Hope to see you there!

Simple Things Available on iTunes

Check out Motes & Oat's debut album Simple Things on iTunes here.


Simple Things Coming Soon!

The recording, mixing, and mastering of Motes and Oats' debut CD "Simple Things" is done and being manufactured as we speak. Will be ready for sale on the internet and in select stores across Canada by mid July!

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