Tribe Royal is a Canadian folk-rock band based in the nation’s capital city of Ottawa. The band was born from the partnership of Terry O’Brien and Chris Kerwin, two aspiring songwriters, and their shared interest in the musical giants of the 20th century. When their bandmates Bram Al-Najjar and Mike Giamberardino joined -- talented and inspiring musicians in their own right -- the resulting foursome created a dynamic relationship that has crafted the band’s sound into the genres it now encompasses.
Tribe Royal’s sound can be described as an alchemic blend of folk music, 60’s British Rock and 90's Alternative Rock. At the core of the Tribe are three unique singing voices that can be layered for 3-part harmony, or weaved to create imaginative counterpoints. Their sound and songs have a nostalgic feeling to them, introspective yet vibrant; grounded in the honest experiences and youthful memories.
Since the band’s formation in January 2014, Tribe Royal has earned a reputation as a professional, hardworking and ambitious group. They have released one LP, “Samadhi”, with a second ‘Colours of the Sun’ to be released in June 2016. In just over two years as a group, they have played more than 150 shows in 20 different cities and are currently booking dates throughout the remainder of 2016. Their love for music has connected them with thousands of people of all ages, through small private benefit performances, to large-scale rock venues in some of Canada’s largest cities.
They have opened for such reputable acts as:
Notable performances include:
- Nive Neilsen
- Murder, Murder (CBC 2015 Searchlight Northern Ontario Champions)
- The Love Machine (Live 88.5 2015 Big Money Shot Winners)
- Quiet Company
- Red Wanting Blue (country-rock band featured several times on The David Letterman Show)
With the release of ‘Colours of The Sun’ fast-approaching, 2016 is set to be a pivotal year for the emerging rock group.
- The Horseshoe Tavern
- Shediac Market
- CIUT PanAmerican Games ‘Map Room Sessions’
- 2015 Canadian Tulip Festival
- performances in support of various charity events hosted by the Youth Service Bureau of Ottawa, Sierra Bee Foundation and other benefit initiatives