Plumes is a hybrid pop/classical group originating from Montréal, whose recent "homes away from homes" have included New York City and Paris. Singer/guitarist and songwriter Veronica Charnley, former frontperson for Canadian indie rock group Flotilla, is joined by musicians from diverse backgrounds, including composer and multi-instrumentalist Geof Holbrook, harpist Éveline Grégoire-Rousseau, drummer Noel Webb (Skydiggers) and an expanding cast of orchestral players.
On the group's eponymous full-length, released in July 2012, Charnley's inventive songwriting is supported by arrangements for string quartets, brass quintets, clarinets and violas, and even a full orchestra in a central eight-minute track inspired by the Greek myth of Hero and Leander. The record received glowing reviews from publications such as Exclaim! and Deli Magazine, and it been broadcast extensively on CBC Radio.
The band has performed in festivals such as NXNE, Wolfe Island Festival, Evolve, Brain Cave, and Pitter Patter. In May 2013, Plumes Ensemble, the chamber music offshoot of Plumes, will tour the West Coast of Canada, starting with the Ritornello Festival in Saskatoon.
Scott A. Gray, Exclaim! Magazine
Mike Levine, The NYC Deli Magazine
Laura Stanley, Grayowl Point