Genevieve Charbonneau

Cowichan Valley based Genevieve Charbonneau is a prolific singer-songwriter whose homesteading experiences have provided her with ample material for songs. Her music is rooted in folk and old-time country and is at once timely and timeless. She incorporates bluegrass rhythms, traditional folk, Americana and pop into her style. As a theatre major, trained dancer and long-time member of the Balkan Babes , she is an experienced singer and performer, bringing a lively stage presence and energy to the stage. In January 2014 Genevieve went into the studio with Marc Atkinson on Hornby Island to record her first full length album “Updraft”. She performs predominately with her band “Genevieve and the Wild Sundays“, a quartet of women who add instrumentation and harmony to Genevieve’s original songs. (see below)


Have a listen to the first track on Updraft:

or visit Myspace:

UPDRAFT- Marc Atkinson wins PRODUCER OF THE YEAR at the 2014 Vancouver Island Music Awards for this album!

The original song “Farmer Ain’t in the Dell” nominated for Country Recording of the Year at the 2014 Vancouver Island Music Awards!

Genevieve’s first CD, UPDRAFT, produced by award-winning Marc Atkinson!! A beautiful collection of originals, Updraft’s songs run from sensitive ballads about family to rollicking political commentaries, mournful love songs and kitchen floor stompers. Guest artists include: Marc Atkinson, Miriam Sonstenes, Shanti Bremer, Kim June Johnson, Laura Carleton, Kelly Sherwin and Amanda Blied.

Updraft CD

Audio album, 2014
$20 includes shipping to Canada
Please allow 2-4 weeks shipping time. Thanks so much for your support!

The CD is also available for download at CDBABY:

And check out the new music video for “Farmer ain’t in the Dell”, by Michelle Staples!


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Genevieve, who as well as being a music lover is also a bit of a foodie, works at Blue Grouse Estate Winery in Cowichan.  Have a look at this video by Dave Wallace filmed at the vineyard:

Dusty Daisy video at Blue Grouse Vineyard (by Dave Wallace)

Photo by Devon Gillott


Genevieve and the Wild Sundays
Genevieve’s all-female band consists of Kelly Sherwin (upright bass, vocals), Laura Carleton (percussion, vocals) and Chandra Crowe (mandolin). Forming in the spring of 2013, these ladies have performed several packed house concerts and audiences respond to their engaging show. While mostly fronted by Genevieve, Laura and Kelly are also songwriters, and take turns leading songs. Incorporating three-part harmony, driving rhythms and original song-writing, these ladies will having you humming along and wanting more. Check out their website for more information:

Note from a recent show attendee:
“a great show- like usual my body couldn’t decide how to react to the sound of your music: sprinkle water from my eyes (cry), from my armpits (sweat) …or just send tingles down my spine and break out in goose bumps …Think I did it all. Honestly, this is a good music review – a full body experience!” — Ilse Sarady

Have a listen:

Original roots and old-time music from the heart of the farm. The band consists of Genevieve (vocals, guitar), Zane Parker (claw-hammer banjo, vocals), Zena Green (upright bass) and hopefully Daniel Green once he works up his mandolin chops!! This is keeping it in the family! Proximity allows for ample rehearsal time and a comfort and familiarity unique to family bands.

Buy the Twisted Vine String Band CD: Songs from the Homestead, a great collection of original old-timey songs about living and loving on the land! 10 original songs by Genevieve Charbonneau and Zane Parker.

Songs from the Homestead

$12, includes shipping to Canada.
Audio CD, 2013


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