CANADA / Orchestral Indie

They are called Common Deer, but this band is anything but common. You’ve never seen anything like them. Onstage they are mesmerizing; one musician jumps from vocals to violin to guitar while another moves from guitar to electric cello, or steps over to the synths and drum machine. This is done so seamlessly in a single song that it’s truly a well-rehearsed game of musical chairs. Few musicians could pull off such a thing without awkward gaps, tripping over cords or distracting the audience, but Common Deer – Graham McLaughlin (vocals, violin, guitar), Sheila Hart (vocals, keys), Adam Hart (cello, guitar, synth), Liam Farrell (percussion, synth, samples) and Connor Farrell (bass) – are exceptional multi-instrumentalists, and this becomes part of their engaging set. Add to that the unique fact that of the five bandmates, two sets are siblings.