Canadian Folk Roots Artists, Zonnis release “Rise of the Sheep”

Zonnis cover courtesy of Independent Music Promotions
Zonnis cover courtesy of Independent Music Promotions
Zonnis cover courtesy of Independent Music Promotions

Husband and wife duo from Victoria, British Columbia are making waves in the folk, blues, roots, genre. Fans of artists Linda McCrae, John Prine, and The Sadies will enjoy the artistry of this couple and their new EP released May 17th, 2016.

At first listen I was awestruck, not sure how I felt about the whimsy. Then as I continued to listen I was intrigued by the lyrics, the stories, the tales and I wanted to hear more. I laughed, I nodded my head, it was as if my mind created a crystal clear story line with every word in every song. Amazing.

Their diversity and uniqueness of style is sure to pave the way for opportunities to share their music and talents with a wide genre of music lovers.

Zonnis, a folk-roots duo from Victoria, BC released “Rise of the Sheep” on May 17th , 2016 to outstanding reviews.

First track on the album “Too Little, Too Late”, ponders the question, Should I stay or leave? Floating with a slight whimsy and stirring desire to decide. Vocals are strong and crisp and the accompaniment of saxophone makes the song pop.

Zonnis courtesy of IMP
Zonnis courtesy of IMP

Andrea and Adam Zonnis formed the duo in 2013, they have both played various instruments since early childhood and grew up just miles from each and didn’t even know it. They music exudes all the feel good sensations of peace, love, and living a good life.

“Party Boots” is more of a folk/roots rockabilly tune. Great movement of rhythm and vocals are amazing as Andrea takes the lead and Adam blends warm harmonies that bring the sound all together. It’s as if they have taken the old fashion rockabilly of Stray Cats and the folk rock of John Prine and created their own design in the fabric of folk-roots music.

“The Ghost Song” a story of murder and spurned love is based on an old folktale from Zonnis hometown in Victoria BC. I love the slow ballad feel. It almost seems as if your at an old Gypsy roadside show with the bearded lady and the contortionist. A passionate love affair gone deadly wrong.

Zonnis courtesy of IMP
Zonnis courtesy of IMP

The duo has so much to offer in the eclectic movements from genre to genre. They are easy listening, fun, folk art. I can see Andrea and Adam performing at large Fiddler’s conventions and fairs. Their songs are well written, mixed and mastered.

The album “Rise of the Sheep” is about two black sheep leading the flock into a land of harmonious living, filled with love, hope, and laughter with a splash of never ending peace. Love abounds, harmony grows, and we can teach the world to allow their hearts to sing.

“Home Is Where The Heart Is” opens with a beautiful piano intro. Folk music lovers, I must say this album is a keeper. Love Andrea’s vocals and the harmonies are warm and inviting. It welcomes you into the truth of family, life, and living.

Andrea and Adam’s music is wake up call that there is so much more still out there in the world of music and how vast the differences of expression are. It’s a reminder to unplug and unwind with free and easy delightful conviction. You’ll find inspiring, heart-warming lyrics and imaginative rhythmic balance in instrumentation and artistry.

Zonnis courtesy of IMP
Zonnis courtesy of IMP

“Rise of the Sheep” is a full length album with eleven outstanding tunes. Production on this album is by Barry Mathers. They have toured Western Canada, and enjoyed family trips to Central America and

performed in Costa Rica and Nicaragua.


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Sherryl is a Senior Writer and Assistant Editor with Nashville Music Guide and her blog, Lyrics N Legends has been featured since 2012. Her articles has graced the cover and have appeared as feature stories in the NMG print edition. She is also a member of WMMW, Women of Music Music of Women, a non-profit organization in support of women in the music industry. WMMW also appears here in Nashville Music Guide.

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