Van Isle ska / reggae / rock from Nanaimo BC



Label: NRG Records
since circa 1999
If you’ve forgotten how to party then take a crash course from these Nanaimo-based musical dervishes, who deliver a wacky version of west coast ska that has been accessorized with hilarious vocals, a four-man horn line, and a mandate to get the whole crowd going crazy. The band consists of drummer Brodie Ketelsen, vocalist/saxman Matthew Carter, bassist Kayle Hammel, trombonist Dave St. Jean, trumpeter/vocalist Scot Rounding and guitarist Tristan Armstrong.
“A side-splitting party ride from start to finish.” –Mike Devlin, Times Colonist

The kiltlifters have recorstudio albums and have done more than 350 shows, including four cross-Canada tours, house parties, music festivals, all-ages punk shows and a handful of weddings.

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( July 2009 NRG Records )
( 2008 )
( 2004 )
( 1999 )

Current Lineup

Matthew Carter
1999 - present
Scot Rounding
1999 - present
Tristan Armstrong
1999 - present
Dave St. Jean
2002 - present
Brody Ketelsen
2005 - present
Anatol McGuinness
2008 - present

Past Members

Mark O
2005 - 2006
Kayle Hammel
2006 - 2008

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