Salt Thief features brothers John and Tony Kastelic on viola, along with Michael Vaughan and Paul Patko on bass and drums. They are based in Vancouver, BC. Their style blends bluegrass, rock n’ roll, classical, and a touch of disco for good measure.
Brothers John and Tony Kastelic left their home in the dusty prairies of southern Alberta and set up operation in the salt and rain of Vancouver, BC, creating the world’s one-and-only stereo-viola folk rock band. Their music blends fiddle folk, rock n’ roll, and a touch of disco for good measure.
They grew up playing classical music and fiddle together, but the brothers’ first performance as a band was on the eve of the winter solstice, 2012, under the name No Mothers. Some folks said that this winter solstice would be the end of the world, but every end is a beginning, and that night was a fiery beginning to the gutsy fiddle outfit now known as Salt Thief.
Individually, John and Tony could each be a one man band. They hold down a rare groove with full baritone voices, shredding violas, and thunderous foot percussion. As a duo they are a force of nature. Joined by their band – Paul Patko on drums and Michael Vaughan on upright and electric bass – they lay claim to a sound that is raw, groovy, and impossibly unique.
“Imagine Tom Waits learning to fiddle on the viola in order to be the 5th member of Talking Heads.”
Under their new name, Salt Thief, they are about to record their 3rd studio album, which will be released spring of 2018. Join their mailing list to keep in the loop and be the first to hear their new release.
Phone: 250-457-1145 for more information