The Bottomfeeders


Album Cover - Waterview - by The Bottomfeeders

Music from the shores of Clayoquot Sound

Waterview was No. 5 on CBC Galaxie's FolkRoots Top Picks
December 2002 and on their Top Disc List for the year

Upcoming Shows:
This Saturday, September 22, 2007
 Westcoast Maritime Festival

Main St. - Tofino, BC
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(My Gal Left Me for a ) Geoduck Clam and Clamdigger are featured in the Emmy Award-nominated film
 "3 Feet Under: Digging Deep for the Geoduck Clam" which debuted in summer of 2003 at film festivals in Georgia, Oregon, the Da Vinci Film Festival, Los Angeles, and the Winslow Film Festival in Arizona. Winner of 'Best Documentary' and 'Best First Film Documentary - Long' at the Thunderbird International Film Festival in Utah, and Best Documentary at Port Townshend Film Festival

Recent Shows:
July 1st - Canada Day - Tofino Village Green
March 12th - Pacific Rim Whale Festival - Ucluelet, BC
June 24 - Wedding - Tin Wis Best Western Tofino, BC
October 28th - Word's End Booksellers Ucluelet, BC
August 27 - Annual MUPSUP fundraiser - Tofino Village Green, Tofino, BC
July 23rd - Ukee Days - Seaplane Base, Ucluelet, BC
July 16 - Tall Ships Festival -Tofino Legion - Main St, Tofino, BC
May 28 - Island Showcase 2005 Mainstage - The Bailey Studio, Nanaimo, BC
 May 27 - Tofino Legion - Main St, Tofino, BC
March 14th - Pacific Rim Whale Festival - Chowder Chow D
own, Ucluelet, BC
 April 4th - Wickanninish Inn - North America Relais & Chateaux Congress
October 29 - Halloween Dance - Ucluelet Lodge, Ucluelet, BC
August 11 - The Island, Wabigoon Lake, Dryden, Ont
August 21 - The Baldachin Inn - wedding - Merrickville, Ont
July 1 - Canada Day - Village Green, Tofino, BC
June 4 - Ucluelet Lodge , Ucluelet, BC
April 17 - Errington Hall - Errington, BC
March 26 - Benefit for Strawberry Island Research Society - Tofino Legion
March 14 - Pacific Rim Whale Festival - Ucluelet, BC

West Coast Music Festival, Tofino, BC August 2002

Waterview reviews...

... it's the album's diversity that makes it easily one of the biggest sleeper hits in recent indie memory. Graceful harmonies around Coral Palm in Wait Some More ... the tranquil image you instantly visualize around the traditional Canadian folk ballad The Jealous Lover ... make no mistake about it - these guys and gal are serious musicians, with the craftsmanship one naturally gains with music they love to play.

A fisherman's life couldn't be made out more eloquently, capturing one of the country's few 'roots musics'.   A refreshing splash of originality is just what Canadian music needed and The Bottomfeeders give you that splash - and all the fish tales that come with it. 

Full review here:
This CD features 13 songs celebrating life on Canada's shores, ranging from fishing songs to a rather grim traditional Nova Scotian ballad... There are touches of folk, jazz and bluegrass in the group's excellent musicianship and vocals. The songs feature a variety of lead singers, making for a varied listening experience, and the touches of fishing humor throughout -- with songs titled "The Drunkest Deckhand," "(My Gal Left Me for a) Geoduck Clam" and "Gooseneck Barnacle Pickers" -- are entertaining.

... Any fan of folk music will enjoy this offering, although its lyrics and themes make it a uniquely Canadian offering. Definitely worth a listen!

- Rambles Cultural Arts Magazine
April Chase, 7 June 2003
Full review here:


     Just when you thought it was safe to go into the water, The Bottomfeeders have released their inaugural CD, Waterview.
A compilation of lyrical, whimsical, wonderful ballads, Waterview 
has a little something for everyone, from harmonious vocals
to toe-tapping rhythms reminicent of maritime down-home folk.
     For those who enjoy browsing their CD liners while immersed in music, this one will keep you entertained for most of its 50 minutes;
some great photos, words to sing along to, and titles like (My Gal Left Me For A) Geoduck Clam, Spruce Bug, Drunkest Deckhand, and Gooseneck Barnacle Pickers.
  Waterview is the ultimate stocking stuffer for your loved ones. Decorate it with a clam shell and the promise of a clam dinner,and
they'll wonder no longer what mysteries lie at the bottom of the sea.

Marilyn McEwen - The Westerly News

     Has your girlfriend left you for a geoduck clam? Is your deckhand going on a two-week drunk? Simply want to say F.O. to the D.F.O.? Then this is the CD for you. And if all of this is slightly foreign and strange, welcome to the world of The Bottomfeeders - and what a fine west coast world it is.
  The Bottomfeeders are a motley crew of Tofino boys and girls singing tunes that reflect fishing, and fighting for the environment. Their sound is west coast Pogues and a mighty fine sound it is.
     Okay, maybe you're wondering just what the heck a geoduck (pronounced gooey) clam is? Well in the words of Bottomfeeder John Armstrong "a geoduck clam is a funny looking creature/ in the shellfish world it's the king of filter feeders/ got a 4' projection that would make any diver blush/ it lives in the mud at the bottom of the ocean/ with a telescopic siphon of admirable proportions/ that spews out its salty contents with a gush." It is this fine wordplay, musicianship, humour and social insight that characterize this CD.
     On Clamdigger Dave Hurwitz, a fine mandolin player, offers this insight: "Now the fisheries say we can't dig in the bays/
stripped all of the babies from the beds where they lay/ now we work the daytime, pick up bottles like swine/
cause a clam's worth a nickel but a can's worth a dime."
     Another thing I really like about this CD is how it celebrates west coast life by those who have loved and lived it. As a result the songs reflect the more arcane and obscure elements of the life. For instance, on Gooseneck Barnacle Pickers (a gooseneck barnacle is...oh, forget about  it), Hurwitz explores the life of a group of workers rarely glimpsed: "The gooseneck barnacle pickers, they mine the open rocks/ they're the drunken bastards of the fleet/ at the end of the Fourth St. dock."
     And yes, this being Tofino and all there has to be one song about the environment.  The stunningly beautiful vocals of Coral Palm make In Years from Now rise trees and branches above the crowd.  The tune offers wisdom and perspective for a place that for too long has been defined simply by environmental struggle. With Waterview, The Bottomfeeders offer a keen sense of humour, harmony and place.
     Recorded in Ucluelet at Sundog Studios and mastered in Parksville the quality of the recording on this CD is top notch.
If you love the west coast and/or Celtic/folk flavoured music with a twist then this is the CD for you.  Highly recommended.

Grant Shilling - The Gig - Feb./Mar. 2002

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  One of the first things that struck me was the diversity of themes and musical arrangements. There are songs about fishing, songs about being a fisherman's wife, and even songs about the prowess of a geoduck clam. Somehow these guys manage to use bivalve mollusk in not just one but two songs. How do they do it?
  These local Vancouver Islanders must be alot of fun to see live. Tunes like Gooseneck Barnacle Pickers and Clamdigger are sea shanties of the finest order and I can picture a bar full of fishermen and fisherwomen swaying to the music and singing along to the lyrics. Mandolins, fiddles and accordions grace this recording fitting the tunes to a T.
  The opener Waterview is one of my favorites along with Wait Some More. I look forward to the day when the wind blows us together so I can enjoy them in person.

Dave Brand - Cosmic Debris Musicians Magazine - April 2002

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Waterview was Number One on CHLY-FM's
Top Fifty Album list for March 2002
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