Cod Gone Wild to rock out in Airdrie


A five-member band playing modern Celtic music will take over Bambino’s Neighbourhood Pub Oct. 25.

The Okanagan-based Cod Gone Wild is coming to Alberta for a five-show, five-day tour and will be performing in Airdrie for the first time, according to lead singer and multi-instrumentalist Andrew Mercer.

The band will also be stopping in Edmonton, Grande Prairie and Camrose, following a busy summer playing in music festivals across British Columbia, he said.

Mercer formed the band in 2009 after moving to the west coast from Newfoundland.

“I’m the only original member in the group. All of the rest of the musicians are fairly new to the band, so that’s one of the reasons for the tour. We just did a brand new album with these new musicians,” he said. “They’re all very accomplished musicians.”

Joining Mercer will be Susan Aylard on the fiddle, Sean Bray on the electric guitar, Martyn Jones on the bass and David Mihal on the drums. The band’s new album, The Islander, features a mix of original and traditional songs.

“I’ve connected with a lot of different musicians and they all come from different musical backgrounds,” he said, adding other members of the band come from jazz and rock backgrounds, and the fiddle player used to be a violinist.

“That all comes together to create just a different version, an edgier version of the traditional Celtic sound,” he said.

The show kicks off at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. They can be purchased at Bambino’s Neighbourhood Pub or online at

Mercer said a friend of his lives in Airdrie and will be opening the show with Morrissey’s Private Stock.

“I encourage anybody who just likes feel-good, upbeat music (to attend). It’s very contagious music – definitely would put you in good spirits and with everything that’s happening in the world right now, you know what, we need a little break,” he said. “Come on out and enjoy a great night of music.”


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