Bent Roads Tavern


Bass Guitar, Violin, Saxophone, Keyboard, Piano, Banjo, Fiddle, Cello.


Bent Roads Tavern (BRT) is a Canadian Indie Folk collective currently based in Victoria/Nanaimo, BC. The group formed in Vancouver and are currently telling its origin tale through "The Legend of Bent Roads Tavern", a five-volume, 36-track saga of raw, ethereal and imagery-rich folk/roots tunes. In describing BRT's sound, A&R Factory writes, "If you could imagine how Lou Barlow’s (Dinosaur Jr.) vocals would resonate over a mesmerising contemporary Folk melody, you’ll get an idea of the stinging evocative potency which will permeate." Obscure Sound describes BRT as an "enjoyably snarling vocal presence and prancing acoustical/key-laden shimmering (which) combine for an intriguing aesthetic."

“Our sound is unapologetic,” award-winning frontman Collen Middleton offers of the seven-piece. “There’s flashes of protest punk mixed in with modern jazz, folk and roots. We got together in 2001 and now we’re catching new listeners up on our history as we turn our focus to future releases."

"This talented act is all about channeling the authenticity of the greatest folk music, with a penchant for authentic storytelling and relatable melodies" asserts Artist Rack. "...The group is all about orchestrating lavish arrangement, taking their music to a more personal, expansive and exciting direction."

BRT is currently recording for an upcoming project which will be announced in 2021.

Screen name:
Bent Roads Tavern
Member since:
Mar 12 2020
Active within 1 week
Level of commitment:
Very Committed
Years together:
Gigs played:
Over 100
Tend to practice:
1 time per week
37 years


Dave Matthews Band, Phish, Tragically Hip, Nick Drake, Sigur Ros, Jonsi, Hey Rosetta!, Great Big Sea, Half Moon Run, Said the Whale, Neil Young, Mumford & Sons, Gordon Lightfoot, Ron Sexsmith

Members Of Band

Collen Middleton (singer-songwriter, acoustic guitar)
Graham Langridge (piano, vocals)
James Cooke (bass)
Jim Riecken (guitar, singer-songwriter)
Brian Lynch (Drums)


Ayotte Drums
Epiphone, Gibson and Fender Guitars
Hughes & Kettner Amps
Roland Keys
AKG and SHURE Mics