The Clover Point Drifters
The Clover Point Drifters are Victoria's most endeared and respected bluegrass band. Their repertoire consists primarily of traditional bluegrass songs, with a sprinkling of country, folk, blues and pop melodies served up in the bluegrass style. Their songs feature close heartfelt duet and trio harmonies, backed by strong banjo, dobro and mandolin accompaniment.
The band has been active since January 2000, but the members each have a decades-long love affair with bluegrass music.
The band consists of:
Mike Kraft (banjo, harmony vocals) is one of Victoria's secrets that don't involve underwear. Besides being one fine banjo player, he also plays guitar in a variety of country, rockabilly and blues bands. Basically, any band that wants a real musician tries to snag him.
Larry Stevens (resophonic guitar, lead vocals) has a gift for singing the country song, good times and bad, love and loss, the past and even further past. For many years, he lived in Vancouver and played the dobro with several bands, including the New Nash Ramblers who were the BC Country Music Association Bluegrass Band of the Year.
Dan Parker (mandolin, lead vocals) is one of those annoying people who, if given some new musical instrument, will spend almost no time making it sound like they have played it for years. And then he'll show you the tune he has just written for it. If that isn't enough, he also built his own guitar. Dan's spirited and inventive solos complement the plodding efficacy of the old farts.
Alan Law (guitar, lead & harmony vocals) does most of the arranging and supplies the beverages for rehearsals. That makes him the band leader. He is strictly a rhythm guitarist ("I do not play any notes"), but his drive, passion and stamina are second to none. In a band of baritones, he enjoys the role of tenor singer, and he loves singing harmony more than almost anything you can imagine.
George Robinson (bass, lead vocals) has the longest pedigree in the band, having played bluegrass bass since 1977. By good luck and happenstance that year, he managed to obtain ownership of Duke Neilson's bass (Duke played for many years with Don Messer and the Islanders). Being thus equipped, George spent the next 3 years on the road with the New Silver Tone Rangers, with only 2 weeks off. Talk about cutting your teeth. Thanks to the unforgiving march of time, he has now been playing this bass longer than Duke did.