Derina Harvey Band are drifting in the Waves Of Home in their new single — showcasing today on Tinnitist.
From its opening explosive fiddle riff, to its driving dance-floor chorus, the award-winning outfit have created a dazzling ball of Celtic rock in the title track from their new album. The track features powerful sweet vocals from frontwoman Derina Harvey, accompanied by a raucous fiddle, solid instrumental backing and a stomping beat.
This single sets a precedent for the album’s fully fuelled road trip, which takes us on a heart-thumping journey exploring themes of connection, perseverance, and the joys and hardships of Canada’s people. Lyrically, Waves Of Home is a song of connection and reflection that that doesn’t pull any punches:
‘Come home with me, roam these streets that I remember
And we’ll get carried away on the waves of home
One hand to the sky with a wink and a smile
We’re getting caught up in it
So drink it all in
You’re drifting in the waves of home.’
Hailing from the East Coast, but now based in Edmonton, Harvey explains, “I’ve always been inspired by the honest folk songs of my native Eastern Canada. I believe that people across Canada are connected by their triumphs and tragedies. The lyrics of the album explore connections to self, connections to community, and our interactions with the land.
“The majority of these songs were written and recorded in Edmonton, Alberta. That said, if we’re considering the entire writing process — from inspiration to finished work — then technically, these songs were written across the country, with songwriting sessions happening everywhere from a shed by the ocean in outport Newfoundland to behind the wheel on a Rocky Mountain highway.”
Along with their original songs the album features re-imagined versions of the folk songs Northern Lights Of Labrador and This Is My Home. These two poignant, pared-down tracks provide a balance to the energy of the rest of the record, staying true to their traditional selves with thoughtful arrangements and an undeniable honesty in Harvey’s vocals.
If Great Big Sea has upped their rock game and recruited Adele on vocals, they might sound like Derina Harvey Band. Alongside Harvey, the group features Steve Pinsent on drums and percussion, Edward Smith on bass, keys and vocals, Jessica Blenis on fiddle, viola and vocals, and Scott Greene on guitars, bouzouki, banjo and vocals. These top-rated musicians keep up with Harvey, supporting her energizing vocals and allowing her intention to shine through.