JUNO nominated neo-folk group Aerialists take a distinctive hybrid approach to folk tradition, combining deep roots in Scottish Gaelic, Norwegian, and Irish folk music with a unique post rock bent. Their third release, 2020’s Dear Sienna, digs deeper into their distinctive prog-trad sound, inviting collaborators from Brooklyn to Gothenburg. The album took home a Canadian Folk Music Award for Pushing The Boundaries, and garnered a nomination for Roots Artist of the Year from the Western Canadian Music Awards. Aerialists are ethereal yet precise, technical yet visceral, and every song feels like a new beginning. With Dear Sienna, the band has created a love letter to those who have come before us, and those who will come after.

Aerialists was formed when Adam Iredale-Gray (guitar), Elise Boeur (fiddle) & Màiri Chaimbeul (harp) were studying at Berklee College of Music. Each player had a unique musical background – Boeur had completed an intensive study in folk music at a Norwegian college, Chaimbeul had established herself as an acclaimed Scottish harpist steeped in the Gaelic tradition, and Iredale-Gray had spent years touring North America with acclaimed folk band Fish & Bird. The project became their musical meeting point, where each was able to synthesize their influences into an entirely unique whole. The three are the core of Aerialists, and are joined live by a rhythm section that features some of Canada’s most talented instrumentalists.