You’ve been wishing for some upbeat, ray-of-sunshine-in-a-dark-world music, but just can’t stomach the endless autotune of pop. Well, now you’ve found it. The Kwerks’ warm harmonies and fresh folk sound will have you tapping your toe and singing along in minutes, only to realize the lyrics are as authentic as the duo’s straightforward acoustic vibe.
Laura and Ryan Koch are a married couple who dropped everything to pursue music, and in a few short years have built up an eager west coast fan base that has been itching for each new release they offer. Adding a gaggle of quirky misfits into the mix, the pair have expanded into a 6-person strong, full-bodied, toe-tapping, energy-packed band. The release of two EPs, a commercial deal with Dominion Lending Centres, and a music award nomination all landed in their laps in their first year (2015). They’ve caught the attention of CBC Music by being propelled by their fierce voting fan base, KwerkNation, into the national TOP 10 in the Searchlight competition in 2018. They’ve scooped up two more award nominations, received a “Excellence in Performance by a Female Artist” Music Award, and released their album, Bigger Badder Dreams in March 2018.
Both on the stage and on the screen as exhibited in their hilarious YouTube and Instagram, and Facebook presence, the pair and their band have been making their fans mighty happy as they blend authentic, heartfelt lyrics with fun, upbeat tunes.
A solid mix of folk-pop, bluegrass and a little rock is what makes up The Kwerks’ sound, and their message is simple. Live life. Say yes. Be a little crazy.
Laura Koch | lead vocals, guitar
Ryan Koch | vocals, tambo, ribbons, interpretive boogie-ing
Gregg Porter | banjo, mandolin, flute, accordion
Jay Rennicks | electric guitar, guitar faces
Jonathan Perkins | upright bass, bass guitar
Tim Dyck | drums, percussion, unexpected operatic moments
BIGGER BADDER DREAMS
Released: March 2018
Released: April 2016
Released: November 2016
Sep 22 House Concert Langley, BC click for info
Oct 10-15 Breakout West Conference & Showcase Kelowna, BC click for info
Oct 20 Gallery Bistro Port Moody, BC click for info
Jan 29 Private Event Surrey, BC
Sep 15 Tractorgrease Cafe Chilliwack, BC click for info
Aug 11 Kaleidoscope Arts Festival Coquitlam, BC
Aug 10 Desert Daze Music Festival Spences Bridge, BC
Aug 6 Harmony Arts Festival West Vancouver, BC
Jul 27-29 Hootstock Music Festival Forest Grove, BC
Jul 26 Summer Festival Concert Series Langley, BC
Jul 20-22 Mission Folk Music Festival Mission, BC
Jul 6 Water Shed Arts Cafe Langley, BC
Jun 29, 30, Jul 1 Midsummer Music Festival Smithers, BC
Jun 9 Kingfisher Barn South Surrey, BC
May 27 Tractorgrease Cafe Chilliwack, B
Apr 20 Bez Arts Hub Langley, B
Apr 7 The Railyard Mission, BC
Mar 2 ALBUM RELEASE - Swallowfield Barn Langley, B
Mar 3 Tractorgrease Chilliwack, BC