The Strumbellas Biography
Formed in 2008 in Toronto, Ontario, the band consists of songwriter Simon Ward on vocals and guitar, David Ritter on vocals and keys, Jon Hembrey on lead guitar, Isabel Ritchie on violin, Darryl James on bass guitar, and Jeremy Drury on drums. Hembrey, James, Drury and Ward are all originally from Lindsay, Ontario, while Ritter and Ritchie joined after Ward posted a call for additional musicians to Craigslist.
The band's self-titled EP was released in 2009, garnering positive reviews and mentioned by many different media outlets as a band to watch. Their Southern Souls video by Mitch Fillion received attention from many bloggers and won them an ongoing Monday night residency at Toronto's Cameron House.
2010 was a busy year for the band as they were invited to play landmark venues like Yonge-Dundas Square, the Horseshoe Tavern and the Peterborough Folk Festival. Their full-length debut album, My Father and the Hunter, was released independently in 2012 and was recorded at Metalworks Studios in Mississauga, Ontario. It was nominated for a 2013 Juno Award in the Juno Award for Roots & Traditional Album of the Year – Group category.
The band later signed with Six Shooter Records, releasing their second album, We Still Move on Dance Floors, in 2013. The album was produced by Ryan Hadlock. We Still Move on Dance Floors won a 2014 Juno Award in the Juno Award for Roots & Traditional Album of the Year – Group category. After winning the Juno award, frontman Simon Ward expressed his distress after realizing that the live feed of the bands acceptance speech was cut off due to technical difficulties on a podcast.
The band's third studio album, Hope, was released on April 22, 2016. The band debuted a single from that album, Spirits, which enjoyed significant alternatie radio play and, as of April 2016, is #19 on the Mediabase alternative airplay chart.